Laboratory Scientist 2
State of Ohio - Licking County, OH

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This position is for the Newborn Screening area and works Tuesday through Saturday.

Performs high complexity testing for clinical samples related to public health emergencies, investigations, public health programmatic grant requirements, and federal government requests. Performs high complexity testing techniques such as polymerase chain reaction, time resolved fluorescence, tandem mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, staining and culturing methods to identify bacteria, viruses, or chemical compounds. Maintains a log of all specimens received, date of receipt, specimen number and subsequent results. Ensures compliance and documentation for all quality control procedures, regulations, safety procedures, and testing protocols as established for the Bureau and federal regulators.
Adapts and validates methods from established protocols, performs quality control as described in protocol manual by conducts special and/or complex microbiological and/or radiochemistry preparations, examinations, identifications analysis, isolations, and evaluations (e.g., inoculates appropriate selective and growth media as prescribed, observes plates for agents, colonial morphology, and determines proper biochemical to inoculate for identification; performs gram stain, fluorescent antibody stains, spore stains and capsule stains). Inoculates appropriate biochemical for identification and interprets results. Prepares samples for multiple chemical separation techniques involving digestion, precipitation, and column chromatography using concentrated acids and bases. Maintains database of specimens received. Provides customer service functions by communicating explanations of test results to patients, physicians, local health departments, and other government agencies.
Monitors and ensures the performance of the laboratory equipment by performing routine maintenance, calibrations, and diagnosing problems that require vendor support.
Under the direction of the Microbiology supervisor and Laboratory Scientist 3 prepares reports, maintains laboratory records, assists in conducting training for external laboratory personnel, and monitors routine laboratory supplies needed to perform daily functions by participating in collaborative analysis with multi-disciplinary team (e.g., ODH Terrorism Response staff, State Highway Patrol, FBI, EMA, Public Safety, Local Health Department), attends meetings and reviews literature to maintain professional status on new procedures. Assists the Laboratory Scientist 3 and Microbiology Supervisor in performing research studies, writing technical and scientific reports, and learns new and advanced high complexity testing methodologies to increase laboratory efficiency by maintaining detailed records of new testing programs; reports on tests performed and reagents/chemicals used; performs research to improve and develop methods and procedures; interprets and applies laboratory procedures.
Testifies and participates in depositions as required by courts of law in lawsuits involving testing performed by the Ohio Department of Health Public Health Laboratory.
As directed, records, and maintains laboratory records, test results, and information in hard copy or electronic format. Maintains clean and orderly work area. Maintains inventory of needed supplies/equipment and informs appropriate personnel of status. As assigned, serves as a member of a Disaster Recovery/Business Resumption team, Incident Response team, or similar public health response team which may include the conduct of operations on a 24/7basis at remote locations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of undergraduate core coursework in a biological, chemical, natural or physical science; 12 mos. pertinent laboratory experience commensurate with job duties to be performed as outlined per approved position description on file.

-Or completion of Master of Science core program in a biological, chemical, natural or physical science.

-Or 42 mos. pertinent laboratory experience commensurate with job duties to be performed as outlined per approved position description on file.

-Or 12 mos. exp. as Laboratory Scientist 1, 83291.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

-Or positions in Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections & Department of Health must meet 1 of 5 options:

(1) Associate’s degree in a medical technology from accredited college or university

(2) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification

(3) Bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science, or medical technology; 12 mos. pertinent laboratory experience or training in the specialty or subspecialty in which the individual will be assigned.

(4) Education &/or training equivalent to 60 semester hours, or equivalent, that included 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; 18 mos. pertinent laboratory experience commensurate with job duties to be performed as outlined per approved position description on file.

(5) Education &/or training equivalent to 60 semester hours, or equivalent, that included 24 semester hours of science that included--
6 semester hours of chemistry;
6 semester hours of biology; and
12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; 18 mos.
documented laboratory exp. in each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing

Supplemental Information:

Attachments to your application will not be accepted for this posting. You may copy and paste your resume in the text box provided on your application.

Applications of those who meet the minimum qualifications will be further evaluated against the following criteria: Graduate or advanced degree in a biological, chemical, natural or physical science; experience in using Tandem Mass Spectrometer; in the validation of new assays; in writing test procedures and protocols; performing PCR amplification procedures (e.g., ABI 7500, Smart Cycler, Light Cycler, iCycler); working in Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) and/or BSL3 laboratory environments; working in a clinical microbiology or public health laboratory; using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); in dealing with medical professionals regarding test results. Your application must specifically address how you meet the above criteria through your experience, education, skill and ability.
All eligible applications shall be reviewed considering the following criteria: qualifications, experience, education and active disciplinary record.

Must be vaccinated for Hepatitis-B. Exposed to biofluids and tissue, sharps, caustic or toxic chemicals, and/or explosives; may work varying hours.

Official educational transcripts are required for all post-high school educational accomplishments, coursework or degrees claimed on the application. Applicants will be required to submit an official transcript prior to receiving a formal offer of employment. Failure to provide the transcript within 5 working days of being requested will cause the applicant to be eliminated from further consideration.
Please note that a transcript is considered “official” only if it is an original copy from the educational institution and includes an institutional watermark, ink stamp or embossed stamp. Transcripts printed from the institution’s website will not be accepted. ODH reserves the right to assess the academic credibility of an educational entity’s award of a putative degree.
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Click on the Careers link at the bottom of the page, then go to Status of Positions and click on that link to see if the position has been filled.

All applicants must submit a completed Ohio Civil Service Application and clearly indicate how they meet the minimum qualifications and/or position specific minimum qualifications. Applicants are also encouraged to document any experience, education and/or training related to the job duties below. An assessment of these criteria may be conducted to determine the applicants who are interviewed. A resume and/or additional information can be attached to the application and submitted on-line by adding it to your OHMS profile.
Applications for this position must be submitted on-line or date-stamped in Human Resources by 5:00 PM on the deadline day. Postmarked applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Please submit a separate application for each Position Number (PN) for which you are applying. It is understood that this vacancy posting will in no way replace the position description which remains the official document outlining the duties and responsibilities of the incumbent assigned to this position.

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