Polarized Light Analysts in STEM – Cincinnati, OH

SanAir Technologies Laboratory, Inc. has multiple positions available for polarized analysts. Our environmental testing laboratory offers multiple services such as asbestos, chemistry and lead, microbiology identification, and forensic testing. Our labs are growing, and we are looking to hire long-term to accommodate recent expansion and growth.   

Responsibilities include:

  • Sample processing, documentation, and preparation.
  • Analysis of bulk and thin-section slides for asbestos, quartz, glass and mineral fibers using PLM Polarized Light Microscopy
  • Determination of optical properties and visual percentages for detected mineral grains
  • Quantification of minerals present, and identification of additional natural/artificial sample components
  • Document mineral findings and characteristics in Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Implementation of quality control procedures
  • Adherence to lab safety protocols
  • Adherence to EPA standards for asbestos identification
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must have an undergraduate degree in Geology, Environmental Sciences, related science, or PLM Asbestos training course
  • Must adhere to lab safety protocols and implement safety measures such as fume hoods, PPE, and sample containment
  • Must have good communication skills, be able to multi-task in high pace environment, and willing to work extended hours and occasional weekends when necessary

Preferred, but not required:

  • 2 years of polarized light experience
  • Courses in mineralogy, petrology, sedimentology, Forensic or materials science
  • Research assistant or undergraduate research involving metamorphic petrology, microscopy sample prep, and mineral identification


  • Paid vacation and holidays (annual leave increases with years of experience)
  • Annual profit sharing
  • Employer funded Health Saving Account
  • Medical, Dental, 401(k) and 401k matching, Voluntary Benefits, Life Insurance
  • Time and a half pay for overtime hours
  • Relocation assistance for experienced analysts
  • Equal opportunity employer


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