Clinical Laboratory Scientist
County of Santa Clara - Santa Clara, CA

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Under supervision, to perform a variety of routine, standardized clinical laboratory testing procedures; to learn to operate various laboratory testing devices and instruments.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire. Applications received without the completion of the supplemental questionnaire will be rejected.

Submission of a valid Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Bioanalyst, Limited Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Chemist or Clinical Microbiologist license issued by the State of California, Department of Health Services is required.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.
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Distinguishing Characteristics:

Typical Tasks:
  • Collects specimens from patients;
  • Sets up, calibrates, operates, and maintains laboratory instruments and equipment;
  • Prepares and maintains proper reagents, controls and standards used in individual test procedures;
  • Performs analyses of specimens following standardized procedures and policies;
  • Performs various tests including staining specimens; examining them microscopically and reporting findings;
  • Maintains adequate records such as: worksheets, logs, inventory lists, QC checklists, and other laboratory records as needed;
  • Attends and participates in educational training and events;
  • Orients and trains students and new employees;
  • Anticipates needs and provides services in a courteous, sensitive, responsive, and efficient manner;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards:

Possession of a valid Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Bioanalyst, Limited Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Chemist or Clinical Microbiologist license issued by the State of California, Department of Health Services as appropriate for the area of specialization is required.

Sufficient education, training and experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of:
  • Clinical laboratory principles, procedures, and practices related to microbiological, hematology, immunology, biochemistry, toxicology, and immunohematology;
  • Proper safety precautions and procedures utilized in handling all types of laboratory specimens, reagents, chemicals and hazardous waste;
  • Use and care of laboratory equipment, instruments, and supplies;
  • Normal and abnormal test results;
  • Quality control methods and procedures appropriate to a clinical laboratory.
Ability to:
  • Perform standard clinical laboratory tests, procedures and analyses accurately and with skill;
  • Collect specimens from patients with skill, patience and tact;
  • Maintain records and prepare technical, factual reports of test results;
  • Follow written and oral technical directions;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal test results;
  • Orient and train new employees and students.
Veterans Preference Information
This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veteran's), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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