Consultant - Chemical Lab Analyst





IFDC is an independent non-profit organization that combines innovative research, market systems development, and strategic partnerships to identify and scale sustainable soil solutions for improved food security and livelihoods around the world.




This position involves analyzing the chemical components of various materials (e.g., agrominerals, soil samples, plant tissues, fertilizers).  Duties may include:


  • Performing analyses of various materials related to fertilizers (e.g., splitting, grinding, drying and preparing samples for analysis; labeling, weighing and chemically treating samples; determining the sample contents using various instruments; analyzing fertilizer materials by quantitative and qualitative methods ; interpreting data)


  • Assisting in setting-up, conducting and monitoring various experiments in cooperation with Research Scientist - Manager or scientists (e.g., assisting with initiating and harvesting greenhouse experiments, performing quality control and process control analyses for researchers in bench-scale and pilot plant operations, assisting in experiments for the nitrogen program)


  • Willingness to develop research projects involving fertilizer and related materials


  • Calculating, tabulating and maintaining record of analytical determinations (e.g., entering data into worksheets, preparing experiment reports)


  • Maintaining a neat, clean and safe working environment (e.g., keeping records of waste materials, assisting in disposal of waste chemicals and samples, conducting/attending safety meetings on safe work practices, cleaning glassware used in analyses)


  • Performing a variety of related minor duties as required (e.g., procuring and preparing chemical reagents used in analysis, assisting in training programs, supporting greenhouse and Pilot Plant projects)





This position requires a knowledge of chemical analyses, reactions, processes and instrumentation that have specific and well-established guidelines and procedures.  Established procedures must be followed precisely and accurately to obtain desired results.






This position makes decisions related to routine procedures (e.g., determining procedures to be used for analysis of material, repeating tests on questionable data, procuring stockroom supplies).  Work is assigned by the Research Scientist - Manager.  General instructions are typically provided by the Research Scientist - Manager or supervisor for routine tasks and detailed instructions are provided for complex non-routine tasks. The Research Scientist - Manager or supervisor randomly reviews work in process, and typically reviews work upon completion unless the work is reviewed directly by the requesting scientist.  The incumbent interacts with the Research Scientist - Manager or supervisor at least daily to discuss analysis results, problems and scheduling priorities.  Errors in labeling, measuring or miscalculating data during an analytical procedure may result in incorrect data, requiring the analysis to be repeated.




This position provides for contact with scientists and analysts visiting Headquarters, and for training programs.  Continuous contact is made with staff to share information.




This position primarily works in laboratories that expose the worker to adverse conditions (e.g., loud noise, hazardous chemicals).  This position is responsible for ensuring that safety procedures are followed when handling hazardous chemicals.  This position may also involve some lifting and carrying of chemicals and boxes.


This short-term position will be a 2-3 month duration.