Public Health Laboratory Scientist II

Location
FAIRFAX (FJ15), VA
Salary
$53,104.27 - $88,507.12 Annually
Posted
Sep 10, 2018
Closes
Sep 24, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time

Serves as lead scientist and subject matter expert to internal and external clients; participates in the training and onboarding of new laboratory personnel; and participates in the annual competency assessment of staff in their assigned work areas. Under minimal supervision, performs full performance public health laboratory work; performs progressively more difficult and complex laboratory analyses and/or lead professional duties in one or more specialty areas: microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, serology, clinical chemistry, parasitology, urine drug screening, environmental microbiology, environmental chemistry and rabies. Applies critical decision making skills to reach conclusions about diagnostic testing needs. Evaluates laboratory testing requests for appropriateness. Works independently and uses evidence-based criteria to interpret laboratory testing data. In collaboration with the PHLS III, writes and carries out verification and validation studies, investigations of non-conforming events, and documentation of corrective actions. Collects essential data for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communicable disease and for the identification and prevention of environmental health hazards. Performs, evaluates, and interprets test results for medical providers and environmental health specialists. Reviews and confirms test results, QC, and log sheets performed by PH Lab Scientist I for accuracy and completeness and performs related work as required. This position provides front-line oversight of the laboratory technical work and serves as a technical resource for PHSL I position. Maintains a culture of quality to assure delivery of accurate and timely laboratory test results using appropriate safety precautions.

Employment Standards EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS::
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in medical/clinical laboratory science, microbiology, or chemistry; or a degree in a directly related field of study; or completion of a post-graduate degree in a directly related field of study relevant to public health clinical laboratory testing;
plus four (4) years recent relevant experience performing high complexity testing in a clinical or public health laboratory environment.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer.

See the Fairfax County Health Department Laboratory's Public Health Laboratory Scientist Career Ladder Upward Mobility Policy for requirements necessary to progress from PHLS II Level I through Level 2.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Within one year of hire obtain a certification in one of the following; Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), Medical Technologist (MT), or specialty area through a nationally recognized laboratory accreditation organization.
Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Self-motivated, results-oriented individual with minimum of 4 years of experience performing clinical testing in a clinical or public health laboratory setting. Working knowledge of microbiological and molecular procedures, chemistry, safety, and quality assurance is highly desirable for this position. Experience with Laboratory Information System (LIS). Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to read, analyze, interpret and communicate complex scientific, technical, administrative and educational documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints from both internal and external clients. Previous experience serving in a leadership role is highly desirable. Experience and knowledge of health department policies and procedures is desirable. Preferred candidates will have a valid certificate in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, or medical laboratory science issued by a nationally recognized accreditation organization.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see, and hear. Job is generally sedentary in nature, however, job entails walking, sitting, standing, climbing stairs, reaching, and bending; uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor and laboratory equipment, and to distinguish fine gradation of color, bands, or structure and closely examine specimens microscopically. The incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment and possess the ability to communicate with others verbally and in writing. Employee must be able to drive a motor vehicle and may be required to lift up to 25 lbs. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to work with small instruments and delicate laboratory equipment. All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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