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Filtered Beer & Wine can have Higher Arsenic and Lead Levels

Filtered BeerThere have been many research publications in recent years detailing the heavy metal levels in alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine, but few of these investigate how the processing of these beverages may influence the levels of toxic metals. The results of a new study by Redan et. al. published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (February 2019) show a clear correlation between the filtration of beer and wine using diatomaceous-earth (DE) filter media and the concentration of inorganic arsenic and lead in the beverage. However, these elevated concentrations can be mitigated through careful selection of DE media or pre-rinsing of the filter aids. Brooks Applied Labs offers a full range of analytical testing services for heavy metals and inorganic arsenic speciation in beverages of all types.


Brooks Applied Labs is on the Road Again…

BAL Road WarriorsOn June 12th and 13th, BAL’s Russ Gerads and Ben Wozniak will be attending the North American Metals Council (NAMC) meeting in Calgary, Alberta in support of the Selenium Working Group. Our involvement in this focused workgroup is a testament to BAL’s expertise and experience in metals chemistry and the value it provides to industry. Also, earlier this month, Jamie Fox presented at the DoD Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality (EMDQ) Workshop on “An Overview of Sequential Extraction Methods to assess Bioavailability and Mobility of Metals in Sediments.” If you would like a copy of the presentation, please contact us. After EMDQ, Jamie made a stop in Austin, Texas for the TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair and Conference to talk with attendees about how their projects would benefit from our specialty metals services. If you missed him there or would like to hear more, let us know.


Happy 5th Anniversary!

Patrick Nye and Helena Vu 5 year anniversaryLast month, BAL celebrated the 5-year work anniversary for two employees: Helena Vu and Patrick Nye. As a veteran of the industry with more than 20-years of experience, Helena’s technical knowledge, efficiency, and commitment to the highest quality data are indispensable! After many years as an ICP-MS chemist, she was promoted to lead our Metals Speciation Group in 2017. With her big smile, exemplary work ethic, and strong technical abilities, she truly embodies the spirit of BAL. Shortly after Patrick began at BAL he soon proved himself as a key employee specializing in preparing trace metals samples for ICP-MS analysis. He can work through the most complex preparations with a high attention to detail. When he’s not at work, he’s often working on his goat and chicken farm or enjoying time with his son who was born last year. Thank you both so much for all you do to make our company awesome!


Metals Chemist with ICP-MS Experience

Join Our TeamBrooks Applied Labs, an analytical chemistry laboratory located in Bothell, specializing in trace metals analysis and speciation to support the environmental and pharmaceutical market sectors, is looking for an analytical wizard with working experience on ICP-MS instrumentation to join our team.


  • Analysis of samples for trace metals by ICP-QQQ-MS
  • Data upload and review
  • Preparation of samples (waters, sediments, biota, etc.)
  • Calibration and maintenance of lab equipment and cleaning

Academic & Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 2-year experience with ICP-MS in a commercial or government laboratory setting
    • familiarity with ICP-MS interference reduction technologies and Agilent software/instrumentation is a big plus.
  • BS/BA degree in chemistry, environmental science, or a related field
    • MS/MA in chemistry, environmental science, or a related field is a plus.
  • Knowledge of clean techniques and EPA Methods
  • Experience following cGMP protocols is a plus
  • Ability to read and follow SOPs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of organization and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to keep a positive, upbeat attitude in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to work in groups and be a team player
  • Must be legally able to work in the US. Local candidates preferred.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

This is a laboratory position. Potential candidates must be comfortable working in a lab environment and using established safety protocols and protective equipment to perform the required duties. Duties may include:

  • Handling hazardous, caustic and corrosive chemical compounds
  • Working in a fume hood
  • Wearing a respirator
  • Standing for up to 6 hours
  • Some over-time may be required on short notice
  • Repetitive tasks involving fine motor skills and a high level of precision
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.

Brooks Applied Labs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes subsidized Medical, Dental and Vision insurance for employees and their dependents, 401(k) retirement account with employer match, Profit Sharing bonuses, Life and Short-Term disability coverage, 5 weeks of Paid Time Off, and much more! Please see our careers page for more information.

If you want to be part of a team that is driving positive environmental and human health outcomes through high-quality science and research, you are encouraged to apply!

To apply:

Please email your Cover Letter – Required! (please feel free to express your personality!) and Resume to jobs@brooksapplied.com; please reference “Metals Chemist” in the subject line.

It is the policy of BAL not to discriminate in hiring, promoting, subcontracting, or in any other way discriminate against persons based upon gender, religion, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, sensory/mental/physical disability or serious medical condition, pregnancy or childbirth-related medical condition, breastfeeding status, citizenship status, military status, or any other classifications protected by state or federal law.