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GC-MS/MS Lab Analyst

The Valens Company, 230 Carion Rd, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Req #11
Monday, April 5, 2021

This role is for an analytical chemist who has routinely used GC-MSMS for routine analysis of clients’ samples. It requires strong background in analytical chemistry, chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry. This is a position in an analytical laboratory for routine analysis of cannabis products. This position is given directions by the Lab Director.


  • Prepare clients samples, calibration standards, spiking cannabis matrices, recovery standards and quality control (QC) samples for routine GC-MS/MS analysis
  • Perform samples analysis and interpret GC-MS/MS data using a combination of Thermo Scientific’ Chromeleon Software and Microsoft Excel
  • Maintain QC records and perform quality review of data to guarantee the accuracy and integrity of the results and to ensure that the generated data is defensible
  • Use Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) system to record and document analytical activities and results during the processing of samples
  • Maintain and troubleshoot instrumentation such as gas chromatography systems, mass spectrometers and other instrumentation as required
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure quality control criteria are met and maintain documentation required for compliance
  • Validate (or verify) new GC-MS/MS methods when needed
  • Assist in maintaining the laboratory ISO 17025:2017 standards, CALA accreditation, proficiency testing (PT) programs, GLP regulations and participate, when requested, in internal and external audits
  • Ensure that GC-MS/MS system is functional and calibrated by conducting regular checks on statistical quality control charts and that all quality standards were performed within the required timeframe and the control charts are updated
  • Develop and maintain a positive work environment for lab staff. Support and comply with all Valens policies, Quality System and Health & Safety programs
  • Ensure that deadlines/turn-around time (TATs) are met. Communicate any issues affecting TATs, quality etc. with Lab Supervisor or Lab Director in a timely fashion
  • Recommend SOP revisions, help develop work instructions, and provide input to corrective action procedures
  • Be proactive in ensuring that consumable supplies used for routine GC-MS/MS samples analysis are available in the lab
  • Maintain communications with Lab Director or Lab Supervisor to ensure awareness of any deviations of required performance standards and makes recommendations for continued improvements within laboratory operations
  • Other duties as assigned by Lab Director
  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry or closely related field and a minimum of 3-4 years of experience (in the last 4 years) in using GC-MS/MS technology for routine analysis of cannabis, food or environmental samples
  • Experience with samples extraction techniques such as QuEChERS and routine analysis of pesticides, terpenes and residual solvents in complex matrices
  • Comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of GC, GC-MS/MS and related software
  • Familiarity with Thermo Scientific GC-MS/MS technology and related Chromeleon software is considered a big asset
  • Ability to work independently and accurately test large numbers of clients’ samples with a commitment to achieve reliable and good quality work and consistently meet client TATs requirements
  • Analytical problem-solving skills; working on issues of a diverse scope where analysis of data and results requires evaluation of identifiable factors
  • Experience with GC-MS/MS methods development and validation, writing test methods and SOP’s and competent in reviewing GC-MS/MS data
  • Knowledge and understanding of QA/QC procedures, ISO 17025:2017 standards, CALA accreditation and proficiency testing (PT) programs and GLP regulations is an asset
  • Track record of complying with all quality and regulatory policies and updating of all required SOP’s and quality records for equipment maintenance, testing, analysis and design of experiments, as needed
  • Computer proficiency skills with using Microsoft Office suite, including Office 365 and Outlook, Word and Excel, PowerPoint. Additional software programs are an asset
  • Deep knowledge of LIMS system to effectively manage samples and associated data and verify samples results
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, changing environment and growing laboratory
  • Successful completion of satisfactory criminal record check

We offer a welcoming and friendly space for BIPOC & LGBTQ+ applicants.


The Valens Company is a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products. The Company is focused on being the partner of choice for leading Canadian and international cannabis brands by providing best-in-class, proprietary services including CO2, ethanol, hydrocarbon, solvent-less and terpene extraction, analytical testing, formulation and white-label product development and manufacturing. Valens is the largest third-party extraction Company in Canada with an annual capacity of 425,000 kg of dried cannabis and hemp biomass at our purpose-built facility in Kelowna, British Columbia which is in the process of becoming European Union (EU) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant. The Valens Company currently offers a wide range of product formats, including tinctures, two-piece caps, soft gels, oral sprays and vape pens as well as beverages, concentrates, topicals, edibles, injectables, natural health products and has a strong pipeline of next-generation products in development for future release. Finally, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Valens Labs is a Health Canada licensed ISO 17025 accredited cannabis testing lab providing sector-leading analytical services and has partnered with Thermo Fisher Scientific to develop a Centre of Excellence in Plant-Based Science. For more information, please visit The Company’s investor deck can be found specifically at

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