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Senior Analytical Chemist (P-4)

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The OPCW’s Verification Division works towards achieving chemical disarmament and preventing the re-emergence of chemical weapons through participation in the planning and oversight of inspections at both military and chemical industry facilities. The division also manages declarations while maintaining and strengthening the scientific capabilities of the Organisation, especially its laboratory component. The division also conducts Technical Assistance Visits at the request of States Parties.


The Division is responsible for the day-to-day operation of OPCW’s verification regime. It is a key element of the Secretariat, using trustworthy and science-based information to implement all aspects of the Convention including decisions from the Policy Making Organs.


General Information

  • Contract Type
    Fixed-term Professional
  • Grade
  • Total Salary (including post adjustment)
    USD 110,421
  • Closing Date


Job Summary

The OPCW Laboratory (part of Verification Division) provides support, as well as scientific and technical advice to the Organisation on verification-related analytical issues and ensures the continued accuracy of the verification regime by maintaining state-of-the-art methods and technologies for sampling and analysis.

The Laboratory provides support to routine inspections and non-routine in-the-field missions. It assists in training and certifying inspectors on analytical equipment and procedures; and maintains the OPCW Central Analytical Database (OCAD).


The main objectives of the post are to support the implementation of a credible verification regime by ensuring that the OPCW laboratory operates in an efficient manner in accordance with quality assurance standards.

Main Responsibilities

In this dynamic role as a Senior Analytical Chemist you are responsible for the development, validation and analyses of test samples. Are you an expert in analytical chemistry? Can you plan, design and coordinate analytical activities during projects (e.g. method development, testing and validation)? Apply now!

In this role you will provide technical advice and support on inspection equipment-related issues and verification-related analytical issues to include technical support to inspectors in the field during routine inspections. Furthermore, you will:

  • Assist in conducting the inter-laboratory proficiency testing programmes;
  • Be responsible for procurement and maintenance of laboratory equipment in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Operate and maintain GC/MS systems for dispatch on missions requiring on-site sampling and analysis;
  • Provide training and certification exercises for AC inspectors or other trainees on performing analyses using GC/MS systems and sample collection and preparation kits;
  • Develop and provide training for both internal and external participants on 1) performing analyses using analytical equipment such as GC/MS, LC/MS and NMR, 2) methods/techniques supporting the proficiency testing programme, 3) safe handling of chemical agents, 4) synthesis of chemical agents, 5) other training courses as determined by the Head of the Laboratory;
  • Maintain OPCW Laboratory accreditation and support QMS.


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Qualifications and Experience


You should have an advanced degree in Chemistry (majoring in either organic, analytical or inorganic chemistry) or equivalent from a recognized institution. A first-level university degree in combination with extensive relevant laboratory experience (of 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Knowledge and Experience

Make sure you have:


  • At least 7 years’ experience in the field of analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis with advanced degree or 9 years with first level degree;
  • A minimum of 6 years recent and practical experience as operator of GC/MS and/or LC/MS and/or NMR instrumentation;
  • Several years of  recent and practical experience in the analysis of chemical weapons related samples; including sample collection and sample preparation procedures for environmental samples;
  • Several years of  recent and practical experience in the synthesis of chemical weapons and related compounds.

Skills and Competencies

To succeed in this role you will need the following skills and competencies:


  • Knowledge of the chemistry of Scheduled chemicals, their precursors and degradation products that are listed in the ‘Annex on Chemicals’ in the CWC;
  • Knowledge of sampling and analysis procedures for the analysis of chemical weapons related chemicals and of related instrumental analytical methods and techniques (GC/MS, LC/MS, FTIR, NMR);
  • Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control procedures and international standards;
  • Strong computer software and electronic data management skills;
  • Practical knowledge of GC/MS processing software such as Agilent Chemstation and MS library managing software such as NIST MS Search/AMDIS;
  • Basic understanding of general analytical methods including their limitations and of modern instrumentation needed to apply these methods in field as well as laboratory situations;
  • A broad understanding of the various analytical techniques (and their limitations) used by laboratories in the analysis of Convention related chemicals;
  • Ability to manage teams in working on technical projects, background in quality management systems;
  • Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.


Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.

Additional Information

This fixed-term appointment is for the duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.

The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The total length of service for Professional staff shall not exceed 7 years.

The Director-General retains the discretion to not make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.

Only applications submitted before the closing date and through OPCW CandidateSpace will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.

Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.

OPCW General Terms and Conditions


Important notice for applicants who are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system

Although headquartered in the Netherlands, the OPCW is not a regular Dutch employer but a public international organisation with its own special status. Please be advised that if you are currently insured under the Dutch Social Security system, you will be excluded from this system as a staff member of the OPCW. You will consequently be insured under the organisation’s system. The above also applies to your dependents unless they are employed by a regular Dutch employer, they are self-employed in the Netherlands, or are receiving Dutch social security payments.

Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment for more information about the possible consequences for you and your dependents, such as exclusion from ‘AWBZ’ and ‘Zorgverzekeringswet’ coverage: ‘Werken bij een internationale organisatie’.