RJ Lee Group Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories

Joseph Sears, Ph.D.

Technical Director & Senior Scientist

Dr. Sears is a senior scientist at Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories at RJ Lee Group, Inc. He is also the lead on method development and implementation of new methods to increase the diversity of services offered by the laboratory. He is experienced in the development and evaluation of methodologies for the analysis of volatile components from hazardous and mixed hazardous waste storage facilities and in consulting on instrument development and modifications for air toxics analysis. Before joining RJ Lee Group, Dr. Sears managed the mass spectroscopy laboratory for more than 20 years at Montana State University where he also directed student research efforts. Dr. Sears has extensive experience performing forensic toxicology, narcotics and alcohol analyses and in providing expert testimony.


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Education History

  1. 1989

    Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry

    Montana State University
  2. 1977

    B.S., Majors in Chemistry & Biology

    Chadron State College

Professional Experience

  1. 2004 - Present
    Technical Manager, Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories
    RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  2. 1983 - 2004
    Mass Spectrometry Facility, Manager
    Montana State University
  3. 1980 - 1983
    Wyoming Chemical Testing Program
  4. 1978 - 1980
    Nebraska State Health Laboratory


  • Member
    American Chemistry Society
  • Member
    American Society of Mass Spectrometry