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The CDC Foundation is working with CDC, state and local authorities to provide surge staffing resources that are crucial to the nation’s COVID-19 response. We are seeking candidates for the Laboratory Scientist role. Under administrative direction, works within a laboratory and independently performs high complexity laboratory analytical procedures on blood, body fluids, and public health investigation-related samples; performs support tasks related to testing samples and reporting results; and performs related work as required.
- Demonstrates regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
- Plans, organizes, coordinates, and oversees the overall operation of the assigned laboratory.
- Performs routine preparation and laboratory analyses for human disease and public health threat samples in accordance with designated laboratory principles and practices and laboratory standard operating procedures.
- Maintains laboratory instrumentation, equipment, pipets, and testing supply/reagent inventory; perform standard equipment calibrations.
- Collects and analyzes analytical data and interprets test and quality control/quality assurance results; organizes and reports results and data, via designated information management systems, and to other program personnel, as needed.
- Ensures all available samples are tested in accordance with assigned employee schedule and analyses are in-line with published turn-around-times (TATs) to meet quality measure thresholds.
- Develops, writes, and reviews new procedures for the laboratory; collaborates in the development and implementation of new testing procedures as required to support rapid public health response in the community and the state; initiates and carries out projects to improve laboratory operations.
- Develops and maintains acceptable criteria, laboratory procedure manuals, reports, guidelines, and research protocols to ensure appropriate documentation and procedures are available at all times.
- Performs support tasks that are required to maintain laboratory operations – these tasks may include, but are not necessarily limited to, specimen collection, sample handling, specimen preparation, information system procedures, customer support, and common clerical duties.
- Trains other staff, as directed.
- Maintains proficiency and updated knowledge on disease causes and controls to continuously improve the quality of laboratory testing and customer service surrounding testing performed.
- Communicates instrument repair needs, assay problems, and data issues to the supervisor expeditiously so proactive notification of clients and/or redirecting of testing can be coordinated to minimize result TATs.
- Observes all safety requirements in the laboratory setting; maintains comprehensive knowledge for all procedures that are required to be performed.
- Organizes and ensures reagents are made in advance, activities are completed on time, and waste is removed appropriately and sterilized in a timely fashion.
- Communicates technical information relating to abnormal test result reporting, test results, methodology, test specificity/sensitivity, and factors that can influence test results to other health professionals and public health partners.
- Contacts appropriate health officials expeditiously when a positive of public health significance and/or reportable result is identified; ensures appropriate confirmatory testing is performed on positive screening testing.
- Participates, as directed, in meetings and other public meetings forums.
- Performs duties as assigned in the event of a public health emergency.
- Represents the county with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.
Education and Experience
- Qualification as a licensed laboratorian; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Knowledge of:
- General clinical laboratory equipment, procedures, techniques, and quality control/assurance
- Laboratory environment
- Administration of regulations
- Hazardous waste materials such as chemicals and/or bio-hazardous materials
- Related safety, health, and environmental regulatory compliance standards, laws, and regulations, such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), CLIA, CAP, FDA, EPA, NDEP, etc.
- Implementation of emergency response and management and safety program management, written safety programs, inspections, safety training, emergency preparedness and response, hazardous materials management and response
- Laboratory licensing requirements and operational mandates
- HIPAA Regulations and Compliance strategies
- Current laboratory and public health principles and practices
- Computer applications related to the work
- Correct business English, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation
- Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained
- Working with hazardous materials such as chemicals and/or bio-hazardous materials
- Applying laboratory technical knowledge and understanding of workflow
- Exercising independent judgment to plan, develop, and conduct laboratory assignments
- Maintaining confidential information
- Researching, analyzing, and compiling data for reports
- Interviewing, communicating with, and instructing individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained
- Interpreting, applying, and adapting regulations, policies, and procedures
- Analyzing situations accurately and taking effective action.
- Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines
- Communicating orally in a clear, concise manner, tailoring the message to the intended audience
- Writing technical and narrative reports and other written materials
- Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives, and activities
- Demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with the public, other agencies, and county staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
Required Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations
- Preferred – Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a Medical Technologist, Medical Laboratory Specialist, Clinical Laboratory Technologist/Scientist, Specialist in Chemistry or equivalent
Schedule or Travel Requirements
- Weekend work may be required on a rotation or regular schedule, if job assignment warrants.
- After hour call-in work may be required in response to public health emergencies or significant events Scheduling of hours may be changed, as necessary.
Physical Demands & Working Environment
- The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Mobility to work in a typical office and clinic environment, and use standard office, laboratory, and health-related equipment; stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength and agility to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate over the telephone and in person; mobility and dexterity to drive a motor vehicle to various work sites; potential exposure to communicable diseases; exposure to potentially hazardous medications and bodily fluids.
- Salary: $68,000 – $90,000
- FLSA Classification: Exempt, Salary
- Position Type: Limited Term Position
- Position End Date: 07/31/2022
- Full Suite of Benefits Offered
- Onsite Position
- Onsite Shared and Private Housing Rentals Available
- $5,000 Relocation Bonus
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.
We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.
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