Lab Technician

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Location Wever Iowa
Sector NA
Hours 40 hrs/week
Working model Office based


OCI Nitrogen Iowa (OCI) is looking for a to join our Health, Safety, Environmental, and Quality (HSEQ) team in Wever, Iowa.  This position supports laboratory staff by maintaining logs and record books, helping with special projects and troubleshooting and resolving problems. The incumbent will conduct chemical laboratory tests to assist making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for purposes, such as research and development or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.


Your scope of responsibility


  • Work outdoors in all types of weather conditions wearing proper personal protective equipment.
  • Perform on call duties after hours and weekends when scheduled and needs arise.
  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance to standards and specifications.
  • Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, acid/base titration, digestion, and combustion.
  • Conduct chemical laboratory test to assist in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials.
  • Compile and interpret results of test and analyses.
  • Provide technical interpret support and assistance to supervision, operators, and engineers.
  • Prepare chemical solutions for products and processes following standardized formulas or create experimental formulas.
  • Maintain, clean and sterilize laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Write technical reports or prepare graphs and charts to document experimental results.
  • Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.
  • Develop and conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, and products.
  • Follow company safety and health guidelines and other company policies.
  • Ability to use our LIMs management system.
  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

What you bring to OCI




  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or closely related field is preferred.


Experience and Skills


  • 2+ years’ experience working in a laboratory or environmental compliance in a chemical industry or work in an analytical laboratory.  Fertilizer manufacturing experience is a plus.
  • Knowledgeable of the principles and processes of chemical, biochemical and treatment of wastewater.
  • Experience with the standard analytical procedures for the analysis of water and wastewater.
  • Previous operation of gas chromatograph/ion chromatograph.
  • Experience conducting tests and inspections of products, services, processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Experience controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Ability to Identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Ability to use computer software for word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications.
  • Ability to read and produce technical reports and diagrams of the manufacturing process.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Bending, kneeling, lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Wearing a respirator when/where required to perform inspections/job duties.
  • Ability to climb straight ladders. Some work may require heights more than 100 feet.
  • Confined space entry may be required.
  • Wearing hearing protection within high level noise areas as required.

OCI offers a comprehensive, first-class benefits package starting the first day of the month following an employee’s hire date.

  • Medical insurance
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k) program with company matching.
  • Paid holidays.
  • Paid time off (PTO)

About OCI

Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, OCI N.V. is a leading global producer and distributor of ammonia, fertilizers and methanol products providing fertilizers, lower carbon fuels, and chemical feedstocks to agricultural, transportation, and industrial customers around the world.

We are the largest hydrogen producer and consumer in the Netherlands. We are proud of our long history of reducing our emissions and throughout the whole world sustainable projects are being developed.

OCI operates facilities in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the US and distributes its products worldwide.

Our nitrogen fertilizers are essential for global food security, our fuel solutions help decarbonize road transport and the maritime sector and our chemical products end up in thousands of everyday products. We have approximately 4,100 employees. The company is publicly traded on the Euronext in Amsterdam.