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Laboratory Scientist 2 Newborn Screening (20013900, 20013902)

Department of Administrative Services, State of Ohio
Reynoldsburg, OH
Closing date
Sep 24, 2022

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Science, Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
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About Us:

Our mission at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is "advancing the health and well-being of all Ohioans". Our agency is committed to building a modern, vibrant public health system that creates the conditions where all Ohioans flourish.

Ohio's law requires newborn screening to be done on all babies born in the state. The Ohio Department of Health's Newborn Screening (NBS) program identifies newborn babies who may be at risk for some rare but serious health conditions. Babies with rare health conditions can appear healthy at birth. If these conditions are found in the newborn period, early treatment may help prevent serious problems with growth and development. In some cases, early detection may prevent death.

What You'll Do:

* Perform high complexity testing techniques for clinical samples using thorough knowledge, training and judgment to measure analytes and other markers of disease in human newborns.
* Testing techniques includes, but not limited to:
* polymerase chain reaction [PCR]
* time resolved fluorescence
* liquid scintillation
* staining and culturing methods
* mass spectrometry
* high performance liquid chromatography
* isoelectric focusing
* nucleic acid sequencing
* mutational analysis

* Ensure compliance and documentation for all quality control procedures, regulations, safety procedures, laboratory information management system (LIMS) and testing protocols as established for the bureau and federal regulators.
* Conduct special and/or complex biochemistry, molecular genetics and cell biology testing, sample preparation methods and analysis for validation studies of analytes.
* Provide customer service functions by communicating explanations of basic methods and procedures and test results to patients, physicians, local health departments (LHDs) and other government agencies, in accordance with agency regulations.
* Monitor and ensure operating efficiency of laboratory equipment, reagents and assays by performing routine maintenance calibrations, troubleshooting repair, and diagnosing problems that require vendor support.
* Perform research and analysis and prepare written technical scientific materials and reports.
* Participate in collaborative research and analysis within lab group and with multi-disciplinary team (e.g., ODH Terrorism Response staff, State Highway Patrol, FBI, EMA, Public Safety, LHDs) to address special cases (e.g., bioterrorism and preparedness programs, pandemics)
* Assist in conducting training for internal and external laboratory personnel.
* Record, and maintain laboratory records, test results, and information in hard copy or electronic format; maintain clean and orderly work area; maintain inventory of needed reagents/supplies/equipment and inform appropriate personnel of status for designated testing area within the laboratory
* Testify and participate in depositions as required by courts of law in lawsuits involving testing performed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Public Health Laboratory (PHL)
* 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 24/7 basis at remote locations.

Note: This position will work Tuesday - Saturday (7:00 AM - 5:00 PM - flex) at the Reynoldsburg, Ohio laboratory location.

Unusual Working Conditions:

Selected candidates must be vaccinated for Hepatitis-B and will be exposed to biofluids and tissue, sharps, caustic or toxic chemicals, and/or explosives; may work varying hours and must be able to provide own transportation.

What's in it for you:

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

* Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the Ohio Med PPO plan.

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

* Dental, vision and basic life insurance premiums are free after one year of continuous service.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

* Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
* 11 paid holidays per year
* Childbirth/Adoption leave

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

* OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees. The employee contributes 10% of his/her salary towards his/her retirement. The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee's salary. Visit the OPERS website for more information.

Deferred Compensation

* The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website for more information.

Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a Model Employer of Individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.

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 AND 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 AND 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 AND 6 semester hours of biology AND 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination AND 18 mos.

documented laboratory exp. in each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing.

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 with Newborn Screening or other high complexity testing procedures
* Experience working in a high-throughput environment with short turnaround time and operation of high-throughput equipment
* Experience in performing and documenting quality control tests
* Experience in maintaining equipment, inventory and/ or records
* Experience with trouble shooting equipment/instruments for testing methods
* Experience working with a database system (e.g., lab information management system [LIMS], Access)
* Experience in data analysis to analyze large data sets (e.g. , Excel)
* Experience in presenting lab findings regarding test results
* Experience in compiling technical reports using Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel)
* Experience training lab personnel

All eligible applications shall be reviewed considering the following criteria: qualifications, experience, education, and active disciplinary record.
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