Analytical Lab Chemist/Lab Tech position (Port Arthur TX)

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Desired Expertise: Chemical Engineering, Chemist, Laboratory Ops / Tech, Laboratory Technician
Experience: 2+ years
Minimum Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Salary: $20-$29 per hour depending on experience
Location: Port Arthur Texas, TX, US
Reference Code: 591
Employment Type: Full Time Contractor
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~~Have Long term contract for Lab Tech/Analytical Lab Chemist in Port Arthur Texas please see below job description


• Provide laboratory support for non-routine events/upsets.

• Participate as appropriate in global work processes such as EQP, CCD, Environmental Permits, Audits and MOC Reviews.

• Assist operations on special projects and performance tests/runs.

• Develop and assist in job specific training.

• Support QA/QC programs. • Prioritize testing for effectiveness.

• Set-up of new instrumentation and methods.

• Identify opportunities to improve laboratory performance and reliability and develop proposals to achieve these opportunities through the capital process as required.

• Attend technical and business related training and discipline related conferences • Play an active role in the Ensure Safe Production (ESP) process by making certain that any laboratory changes affecting ESP variables are reported and corrected in a timely manner.

• Ensure that test methods placed in service are sustainable and provide reliable results

• Technology suppliers as necessary to implement laboratory improvements.

• Laboratory technicians as mutually agreed to by the QM Team Leader (Quality Control).

• To complete special project on creating correlation models between original test methods and a new test method.

• To supplement current staff in maintaining analytical equipment to meet the test methods.

• The chemist, depending on ability, will be assigned an area of the lab and will be responsible for the analytical equipment and the results in that area.

• The chemist will also run tests using a new test method and compare the results versus the original test method.

• Analyzes and solves problems effectively.

• Manages knowledge and information.

• Maximizes business opportunities.

• Values differences.

• Delivers results.

• Ability to make very complex technical issues manageable/structured/understandable.

• Ability to innovate, think outside the box, identify and make use of new industry best practice Essentials:

• Eligible to work for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship

• Please upload a copy of all required certifications and training

• Must be able to work independently under consultant’s own direction

• Client only interested in results attained

• Knowledge of Supply Chain Economics and Analysis

• Knowledge of Product and Product Quality Management

• Skill with regards to Quality Control and Laboratory Operations

• Planning skills

• BS Degree is the minimum requirement (We will consider those who have science degrees that rely heavily on chemistry (biochemistry, biology with chemistry minor, etc)

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Richie Benaud's magic Timaru lotion

Timaru chemist Ivan James (back left) at Richie Benaud's This is Your Life special in 1976.

Timaru chemist Ivan James (back left) at Richie Benaud’s This is Your Life special in 1976.

As obituary writers around the world turn their pens to the life of Richie Benaud, an incredible story about his life-changing visit to a Timaru chemist has emerged again.

Writing for the Independent newspaper in England, editor Amol Rajan relived the story for readers following Benaud’s death last week.

Benaud was in Timaru with the Australian cricket team in February 1957 for a game against a combined South Canterbury, Mid Canterbury and North Otago team.

Marvellous stroke play from Richie Benaud in the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1952.

Marvellous stroke play from Richie Benaud in the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1952.

The man who would go on to captain Australia and then the voice of the game as the head of Channel Nine’s cricket commentary team, was then a talented leg-spinner suffering from dengue fever which he had contracted in India a few months earlier.

He’d gone for a walk through Timaru to buy tablets to combat its effects when he went into the chemist shop of Ivan James – now Cameron’s Menswear – on Stafford St.

When he handed over the prescription, James, who died in 1986, noticed Benaud’s fingers.

He had large raw spots on his finger almost to the bone where the seam of the ball cut in. Nothing had ever healed the wound.

They were so bad Benaud faced the prospect of having to stop bowling.

In his 1998 autobiography, Benaud describes being handed a small wide-mouthed bottle plus a container with white powder and a piece of paper with the suggested remedy written on it.

He remembers being rather wary of it, but as James had gone to so much trouble, took the lotion and decided that even though it was a long shot he’d give it a go.

“The treatment instantly worked and the skin was toughened so that even prolonged bowling spells didn’t produce cracking,” Benaud wrote.

“The word genius is much over-used in our society. Mr Ivan James turned out to be a genius.

“There has never been one moment of doubt in my mind that walking into that chemist’s shop in Timaru saved my bowling career and was one of the key reasons why from that moment I moved into top gear as an important all-rounder in Australian cricket.”

The miracle lotion was a combination of an oily calamine lotion and boracic acid powder. The lotion was rubbed into the wound, then the acid powder rubbed in to form a waxy filling in the wound.

James also recommended Benaud carry a piece of fine sandpaper with him to sand off any bits of torn or dead skin.

He had the lotion made up all around the world and used it faithfully for the rest of his career.

James’ connection with Richie Benaud did not stop there. The Timaru man starred on one of Benaud’s This is Your Life television shows screened in Australia in 1976.

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Even after James’ death Benaud continued to write to his wife Thelma on a regular basis until she died in 2003.

James’ niece, Sport Canterbury’s South Canterbury regional manager Verna Parker, said her uncle was a man who loved experimenting and had used the ointment to help people with war injuries.

“At the time I don’t think Ivan thought much of it. He certainly had an interest in sport and he knew who Richie was, but team sports weren’t really his main interest.

“He was more of a fisher or a clay target shooter – it was Thelma that liked the team sports.”

Parker said she still had a few old bottles of James’ experiments around her Timaru house.

It was “lovely” that Richie had kept in touch with Thelma, even sending her an autographed copy of his book.

“He didn’t have to do that but he did.

“I always enjoyed Richie’s radio commentary. A lot of Aussie commentators are inherently biased whereas you wouldn’t say that about him.”

South Canterbury wicketkeeper John Ward played for the combined team against the Australian team. Ward, who would go on to play eight tests for New Zealand, said Benaud’s presence had a massive impact on his career.

As well as playing, Benaud was asked by New Zealand cricket selectors to keep an eye out for promising players.

“He was probably responsible for me getting into the New Zealand team,” Ward said.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Richie Benaud. He was a great fellow, he really was.”

The scorecard from the two-day game has been dug up from South Canterbury Cricket’s archives this week and does not make for pretty reading.

Australia compiled 137 for 8 – Benaud himself made 12 opening the batting – before the combined team was rolled for 43 and 76.

Australian left-arm opening bowler Ian Meckiff ended up with the astonishing figures of 13 overs, six maidens, eight for 19 in the first innings.

He did not bowl in the second innings, but it hardly mattered, Benaud wrapping up the match with figures of 3.4 overs, four for seven.

“They wanted to finish the game inside a day so they could have a day off,” Ward said.


Caledonian Grounds, Timaru, February 27 and 28, 1957

Australia – 1st Innings

W Watson lbw Sandri 13
R Benaud c Jack b Dellow 12
N O’Neil b Sandri 0
I Craig (c) c Carleton b Sandri 27
P Burge st Ward b Jack 12
R Simpson b Dellow 7
J Martin ct Dellow b Sandri 15
B Jarman (wk) not out 29
J Drennan b Ashworth 13
I Meckiff not out 2
Extras 7
Total: 137 for 8


Sandri 10-2-36-4
Jack 13-3-48-1
Dellow 14-3-41-2
Ashworth 7-2-8-1

Combined – 1st Innings

J White b Meckiff 4
I Griffiths lbw Meckiff 1
B Carleton b Drennan 0
A Dennis b Meckiff 12
W McDonald (c) b Meckiff 0
E Flaherty b Meckiff 2
B Ashworth ct Martin b Meckiff 11
JT Ward (wk) b Meckiff 0
M Sandri run out 0
M Jack not out
N Dellow b Meckiff 0
Extras 11
Total 43


Meckiff 13-6-19-8
Drennan 9-4-11-1
R Gaunt 3-1-2-0

Combined – 2nd Innings

I Griffiths b Gaunt 0
J White ct Meckiff b Gaunt 0
B Carleton b Martin 20
A Dennis b Martin 0
W McDonald b Gaunt 0
E Flaherty lbw Gaunt 4
B Ashworth not out 28
JT Ward st Jarman b Benaud 5
M Sandri b Benaud 4
M Jack b Benaud 6
N Dellow b Benaud 0
Extras 9
Total 76


Gaunt 12-9-4-4
Martin 10-1-52-2
Drennan 5-4-4-0
Benaud 3.4-0-7-4

Australia won by an innings and 18 runs.

 - Stuff

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It may look unusual, but this greenhouse is actually green

Environmental chemist David Stone builds a greenhouse using a "green" material he invented.

Environmental chemist David Stone builds a greenhouse using a “green” material he invented. Photos by Vicki Nordness and David Stone

When environmental chemist David Stone decided to build a “green” greenhouse for his wife, he chose a material he’d invented, an environmentally friendly substitute for cement he calls Ferrock.

For a greenhouse, it’s fairly large, measuring 16 feet by 8 feet by 10 feet. It’s the first and only full structure with a roof and walls that Stone has built so far with his new material.

Monday on the NewsHour, we examine Stone’s discovery, an innovative alternative to a product — cement — that accounts for 5 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.


Stone started with a wire mesh frame, the same method he’s used to create benches on the Tohono O’odham reservation in southern Arizona — demonstration projects funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Then, he filled in by hand with Ferrock troweling the walls 8 inches thick. Separate wire tubes allowed him to pipe in carbon dioxide. At first, he used pure, compressed CO2 in tanks but that was expensive. He turned to exhaust from a small combustion engine. That, said Stone, showed “exhaust from an engine or any combustion source like a cement kiln or a coal-burning power plant could also be used” making larger-scale operations possible.


The roof is a thin shell structure, just 1.5 inches thick, but it’s reinforced with steel and wire making it very strong. Eventually, it will be covered and will support shallow rooted plants, yet another environmental feature.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHis greenhouse is buried into the ground and never gets below freezing. In fact the temperature hovers around 60 degrees Fahrenheit all winter, even though the building is near the Canadian border, in a small town in the northern part of Washington state.

Sunlight enters through windows on the south side allowing Stone to capture light in the early morning and late afternoon. He gets a head start on his garden, sometimes planting seeds as early as March.


Stone said the greenhouse “remains the biggest, most complicated and most successful thing” he’s built so far. He hopes the technology will one day have potential for commercial uses.

In the meantime, his wife has a very unusual greenhouse.


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