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post name (GS-3)




The advertised Senior Analytical Chemist role will have the following primary responsibilities


Senior Analytical Chemist No.3: 

  • Undertaking the organization (compilation, implementation and updating) of the OPCW Central Analytical Database:
    1. Receive contributed spectra, prepare and distribute contributed spectra for evaluation by the Validation group (mass spectra, GC retention indices, infrared spectra or nuclear magnetic resonance spectra)
    2. Organize and assist with meetings of the Validation Group
    3. Document and maintain records of the database compilation, prepare new version of the OCAD
    4. Prepares on-site version of OCAD, checks and updates the contents of the database by requesting contributors for missing data or unsatisfactory spectra
    5. Draft correspondence concerning policy issues related to the database and undertakes technical correspondences concerning the database issues
    6. Develop the OCAD project in collaboration with the Information Systems Branch. The project involves the preparation of the on-site databases for inspection purposes and development of a relational database which enhances the management of the OCAD
    7. Maintain and update the QDOCs related to this activity
    8. Take the lead with respect to audits by OIO and/or RvA for the OCAD
  • Maintain/enhance the OPCW Dual Mode Software used for on-site inspections.
  • Organise, maintain, trouble-shoot and update the laboratory information management system (LIMS) software as needed



All Senior Analytical Chemist posts share the following responsibilities:


Provide training and certification exercises for AC inspectors or other trainees on performing analyses using GC/MS systems and sample collection and preparation kits 

  • Assist with the planning of the scope, technical and organisational aspects of the training
  • Develop training materials
  • Prepare and validate instruments for the training
  • Prepare the samples for the training and certification exercises
  • Act as key lecturer and instructor during training and exercises
  • Supervise the work of trainees in the laboratory
  • Evaluate and report the performance of the trainees


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

  • Assist with the planning of the scope, technical and organisational aspects of the training
  • Develop training materials
  • Prepare and validate instruments for the training
  • Prepare the samples for the training 
  • Act as key lecturer and instructor during training and exercises
  • Supervise the work of trainees in the laboratory
  • Evaluate and report the performance of the trainees


Maintain OPCW Laboratory accreditation and support QMS

  • Actively contribute to the maintenance and development of the QMS in the relevant areas
  • Maintain and develop QMS documentation, including SOPs and WIs
  • Support internal audit activities, receive audit reports and ensure corrective action where necessary
  • Assist with the preparation of the quality manuals, the document control mechanism and the recording reporting methods
  • Actively participate in cross training activities to support continuity of expertise in all laboratory processes in case of staff replacement
  • Assist with performing QA audits


Ensure safe and efficient operation of the OPCW Laboratory, including procurement and maintenance of laboratory equipment in a timely and efficient manner 

  • Assist with planning and drafting the annual OPCW Laboratory budget
  • Assist with evaluating, selecting and delegating staff for relevant laboratory tasks
  • Act as senior analytical and CW expert by advising, undertaking and supervising experimental work in the Laboratory
  • Assist with activities necessary to ensure a safe working environment
  • Participate in internal Health and Safety audits
  • Report to the Head of OPCW Laboratory on the operational situation, progress and results
  • Provide an information and place orders to ensure that there is enough equipment and chemicals to support efficient work of the OPCW Laboratory
  • Supervise and undertake procedures for the use, maintenance, calibration and quality assurance of analytical equipment are in place
  • Support procurement of equipment in technical aspects and advise the Committee on Contracts as needed


Provide technical advice, training and support on inspection analytical equipment-related issues and verification-related analytical issues 

  • Develop, test and validate analytical methods
  • Receive and evaluate information and documents related to inspection equipment and sample analysis
  • Provide technical advice and support to the Head of the Laboratory when required
  • Ensure that different divisions and branches of OPCW are provided with technical advice and information relating to inspection analytical equipment and verification-related analytical issues when requested


Assist the Inspectorate by acting as an Analytical Chemist Inspector

  • Perform research on industrial chemicals and their analysis prior to an inspection
  • Prepare for mission by taking part in pre-mission briefings, get medical clearance, fit personal protective equipment
  • Travel on inspections and function as an Analytical Chemist
  • Report/brief post inspection

Assist in the Preparation of Authentic Samples

  • Handle, process and split samples gathered by inspectors and sent for offsite analysis
  • Evaluate reports prepared by designated laboratories
  • Provide advice and feedback to inspectors as required

Perform other duties as required



Education (Qualifications):

Essential:  An advanced degree in Chemistry or equivalent from a recognized institution. A first-level university degree in combination with extensive relevant laboratory experience (=> 9 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Desirable: Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Toxicology preferably with a focus on Analytical or Bioanalytical Chemistry. A first-level degree in Information Technology.




  • 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;
  • Specific experience with data analysis including evaluation of data for analytical libraries;
  • Specific experience in the creation of analytical libraries;
  • Specific experience in LIMS.


DesirableExperience developing & teaching training courses will be an asset. Knowledge and experience on Structured Query Language (SQL), C#, python, Agilent macro is highly desirable. Experience in chemoinformatics and database management is highly desirable.


Skills and Abilities (key competencies):

  • 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
  • Practical knowledge of LC/MS systems and processing software
  • 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
  • Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.


Language Requirements:   

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.