Analytical Chemist – Simon’s Town

Western Cape, Full Time

PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
An Analytical Chemist is required to provide an effective chemical service to the SA Navy vessels and shore establishments regarding tribology and lubrication engineering, water quality analysis, coolant analysis, polymers identification as well as gas free engineering certification to all ships and submarines.
 
CRITICAL PERFORMANCE AREAS:

Assist with identifying gaps and developing appropriate interventions for the Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) to function as required.
Participating in monitoring and evaluating program performance to conform to safety and quality requirements.
Perform scientific functions that require interpretation in the absence of an established framework.
Provide consultation to the SA Navy, Armscor Dockyard, External Contractors and other Arms of Service with regards to Gas Free Engineering Certification, Condition Based Monitoring, Chemical analysis, Analytical Procedures and identification of materials.
Certify confined and/or other spaces on-board Naval vessels, shore units and visiting ships free from toxic gasses according to Naval Ordinance 4/2/1993 (E) of 22 June 1993 and in terms of the appropriate Occupational Health and Safety Acts.
Liaise with technical personnel and other organizations on matters of tribology.
Consult with Section Manager in the procurement of chemicals, consumables and analytical instrumentation needed by the Condition Based Maintenance Section.
Analyze organic and inorganic matter and compile reports according to quality requirements.
Carry out all adhoc requirements required by the laboratory areas, the Chemistry Manager and the Divisional Manager timeously, efficiently and with the required accuracy and effectiveness.
Perform all activities with due consideration to biological, mechanical and chemical safety requirements.
Manage safe storage of all hazardous chemicals inside the laboratories and Chemical Store.
Be responsible for the administration of incoming and out-going samples and sample request sheets.
Assist with reviews of written Procedures, Work Instructions and Laboratory Accreditation related to the Chemistry Section.
Ensure Continuous professional development by doing research/literature self-study on engineering technologies and attend work related and accredited courses to improve expertise.

QUALIFICATIONS:

National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry
Registration with SACNASP or relevant body will be an added advantage. 

EXPERIENCE:
Three (3) years post qualification experience in a Chemistry environment.
Experience in the following will be an added advantage:

Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis
Organic and Inorganic Chemical Analysis
Viscometer
Chromatography
Elemental Analysis
Tribology Analysis
Water Analysis
Fuel Analysis

SPECIAL PROFICIENCY/SKILLS:

Computer proficiency – Microsoft packages
Interpersonal, communication, planning and organizing skills.
Data analysis and report writing, effective communication, and technical problem-solving skills.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be physically and medically fit in respect of Confined Space Clearance, Gas Free Engineering Certification and working at heights.