Extraction Chemist
Clinical Reference Laboratory - Lenexa, KS

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JOB TITLE : Extraction Chemist JOB GRADE : LT-1

DEPARTMENT : Toxicology Confirmation REPORTS TO : Confirmation Supervisor

EEO Code : 2 Job Group : 2C Occupation Code : 172

GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY : Perform duties related to sample extraction with strict adherence to departmental extraction bench procedures; work in compliance to departmental safety requirements consistent with good laboratory practices.

  • Receive and separate samples; verify proper chain of custody, prioritize re-preps, determine prep dilutions, create batch worksheet and labels, extract samples for drugs of abuse.
  • Monitor, maintain, calibrate, and record needed data on equipment; balance calibration, record temperature of heat blocks, record freezer temperature, clean and maintain extraction manifolds, use of temperature monitoring system
  • Proper material labeling, pipetting of controls and samples, derivitization of sample, transfer and enter sequences onto designated instruments for analysis, loading of sample extracts on to instruments
  • Maintain and distribute supplies; preparing reagents, re-filling stock bottles, re-furbishing materials needed for extractions, keep work area neat and clean, following departmental clean up procedures in disposal of hazardous chemicals and extraction waste.
  • Comply with safety regulations; proper use and handling of equipment and materials
  • Read and follow laboratory SOP’s.
  • Meet qualitative and quantitative production goals of the department
  • Monitor pass-through, request samples as needed
  • Communicate with department members to ensure maximum production
  • Notify QA/QC of low reagents
  • Notify management of needed supplies
  • Maintain and protect confidentiality of all CRL and client information
  • Be able to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local safety and health regulations that would apply to this job.
Other duties as assigned

Level 2

  • Review pending lists daily
  • Prioritize and assign batches as needed
  • Training: train new extraction chemists according to training documents; complete training documents; submit documents to management; file documents when complete; maintain training books
  • Ensure waste has been dumped, and areas clean
  • Ensure reagent bottles and extraction supplies are refurbished
  • Monitor documentation of the use/cleaning of small equipment
  • Ensure new controls taken out have been initialed and dated
  • denotes essential job function
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science, or medical technology from an accredited institution.

EXPERIENCE: Previous laboratory experience. Familiarity with extraction preferred.

SKILLS & ABILITIES: Good communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to work under time constraints; good laboratory technique; detail oriented; good judgment and decision making; able to follow instructions precisely.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Constant moving around laboratory area; lifting up to 25 lbs.

EQUIPMENT: Centrifuge; shaker/rotator; heating block; dishwasher; pH meter; analytical balance; various automated instruments; pipette; lab coat; gloves; gas cylinders; 300º C furnace; computer terminal; PC; vacuum extraction apparatus; evaporator; pneumatic crimper; gas chromatograph; mass spectrometer.

OTHER: Overtime as necessary; weekend work is required; specimens consist of body fluids & must be regarded as potentially infectious; exposure to caustics, flammables, solvents, carcinogens, and reactive compounds

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