Do you want to perform research at a small company where your contribution is encouraged and rewarded? Somewhere that celebrates achievements, keeps you challenged, welcomes diversity, and provides endless opportunities for learning?

Brooks Applied Labs (BAL), an analytical chemistry laboratory in Bothell specializing in trace metals analysis and speciation, is looking for a bright, hard-working, and enthusiastic person with strong ICP-MS experience and proven laboratory skills to fill an open Research Scientist position.

BAL is an industry leader offering many specialized and unique analytical services, including low-level trace metals quantification in complex matrices and metals speciation for elements such as As, Cr, Hg, and Se. The scientist filling this position will apply their expertise in routine and novel analytical methodologies, primarily using ICP-MS to conduct multiple independent and client directed research projects from initial planning phases to publication of the work as well as presenting the research at conferences or for our clients. Other responsibilities will include writing SOPs for the developed methods, mentoring/training other chemists on the use of these methods, updating management/clients with progress summary reports, manage work flow on research projects, including scheduling R&D time around the needs of other work.


  • At least 5 years of hands on experience with ICP-MS is REQUIRED – applicants without ICP-MS experience will not be considered for this position.
    • Expertise with multiple ICP-MS platforms (Nexion 350D, Elan DRC, Agilent 7700/7800/7900, Agilent 8800/8900), interference reduction technologies, and software is preferred.
    • Proven ability to perform instrument maintenance, troubleshoot issues, and perform basic and moderately complex instrument repairs is desired.
  • Proven experience with speciation analysis using chromatographic techniques, such as IC-ICP-MS or GC-ICP-MS, or nanoparticle analysis is REQUIRED.
  • Strong understanding of As, Se, Cr, and Hg chemistry and/or nanoparticles in environmental and/or biological systems is expected.
  • Experience with and good understanding of EPA Methods and QA/QC protocols is preferred.
  • Ability to explain complex topics to people of all scientific backgrounds.
  • Experience presenting at scientific conferences is a plus.
  • Minimum of a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, environmental science, or a closely-related field.
  • Must show demonstrated ability to successfully write new and follow established SOPs.
  • Very high level of organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and stay on top of many projects at the same time.
  • Positive, can-do attitude.
  • Must show ability to work in small groups as a team player.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience with a LIMS.
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks with a high level of success.
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds and stand for periods of up to 10 hours.
  • A penchant for perfection and an eagerness to learn, contribute, and excel.
  • Must be legally able to work in the US.

Position Details:

  • This position is a full-time, salaried position (exempt, not eligible for over-time) with full benefits, including medical/dental/vision insurance (with 80% of the premium covered for you and your family),
  • Generous time-off (5 weeks/year)
  • Profit sharing bonuses, and 401(k) matching.

Compensation will be dependent on the level of experience candidate brings to BAL. This is not a grant/client funded position, so no time will be required for writing grant proposals; you will spend your time primarily in the lab exploring novel and cutting-edge techniques. If you have a desire to perform high-level laboratory work in a field where you can make a difference, you are encouraged to apply.

Please visit our careers page for more information.

To be considered for a position at Brooks Applied Labs, please email your cover letter (please feel free to express your personality!) and resume to; please reference “Research Chemist” in the subject line.