Newborn Screening Scientist
Dept of General Services - Richmond, VA

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The Department of General Services is seeking a qualified Scientist for the Newborn Screening Laboratory of the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. This position performs filter paper blood spot analysis for a variety of genetic disorders as required by the Code of Virginia. As a member of the Newborn Screening analytical team, this position will perform sample analyses, interpret results, evaluate QC/QA, maintain accurate records, provide customer service and assist in training. In addition this position will maintain laboratory equipment, assist in product evaluation, and maintain inventory control. Individual will perform duties independently with minimal oversight from Senior Scientists and supervision from the Group Manager. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday 8:15 am to 5:00 pm. Some holiday and Saturday work is required.

Minimum Qualifications
The selected candidate must demonstrate knowledge of biology, chemistry, and hemoglobin analysis. Candidate must demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance, lab documentation and lab safety. The candidate must have experience with computers and must have experience in the operation and maintenance of lab equipment. Candidate must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to plan, schedule and organize lab work, as well as the ability to work in a team environment. Candidate must demonstrate the ability to interact effectively with customers and coworkers. Candidate should demonstrate experience in bio-chemistry, immunoassay techniques, HPLC and electrophoresis, as well as experience in clinical chemistry, hematology, laboratory techniques, and quality assurance procedures. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with experience in LC/MS/MS, LC/MS, LC or GC/MS. Candidate must demonstrate an ability to apply principles of laboratory safety. Must meet CLIA requirements for testing personnel.

Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, medical technology or a related field preferred.

Special Requirements
Some holiday and Saturday work is required

Blood-borne pathogen training and vaccination for Hepatitis B virus are required and will be provided by the employer. Selected applicant must pass a background security clearance check.

Applicants that indicate they have preferential hiring rights in the form of a yellow form or blue card must submit these to our office prior to the closing of the posting, in accordance with DHRM policy 1.30. Please note that only current and former employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia that will be or have been laid off are eligible for preferential hiring rights.

Selected candidate must pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Work sponsorship will not be provided for this position.