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Sample chemist job description

[Company X] is looking for a chemist to join our research team and participate in high-level, complex research projects. We seek a qualified candidate who has an expert understanding of lab procedures like distillation, crystallization, and titration. They will test chemical substances through various methods to ensure the safety, functionality, and quality of a chemical product. The chemist will also be responsible for generating comprehensive technical reports that provide insight into a project, allowing the team to develop solutions as needed and conduct any additional tests.

Objectives of this role

  • Prepare, weigh, and use solutions for various laboratory procedures
  • Analyze chemical substances to identify their composition
  • Customize formulas and run tests to improve the quality of a chemical product
  • Draft detailed reports conveying experimental results and presenting findings to other scientists
  • Monitor laboratory equipment to minimize malfunctions and adhere to safety regulations


  • Develop and conduct tests for chemical ingredients, substances, and materials
  • Participate in high-level chemical research projects and create improved testing methods
  • Sterilize all used equipment and organize tools in safe areas
  • Use chemical substances or sources like heat and energy to produce reactions

Skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, biochemistry, or other relevant field
  • Strong knowledge of laboratory technology, tools, and tests
  • Clear written communication skills to produce accurate lab reports
  • Solid understanding of lab health and safety regulations
  • Exceptional analytical research skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working in a laboratory setting
  • Additional certifications relevant to region
  • Excellent time-management skills when meeting important deadlines
  • Ability to think strategically and develop effective solutions