Public Health Laboratory Scientist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Full Time
Job Announcement

This job opportunity is being re-announced. If you applied previously, you do not need to re-apply to be considered.

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) is a progressive public health leader providing services that promote population health, protect public health and the environment, and ensure residents' access to health services and information.

Performs a variety of moderate and high-complexity laboratory testing in all areas of the FCHD laboratory including:
  • Accessioning, microbiology, mycobacteriology, rabies, urinalysis, parasitology, immunology, molecular biology, clinical chemistry, toxicology, environmental chemistry and environmental microbiology.
  • Assesses and ensures specimen quality for laboratory testing.
  • Operates testing systems and methodologies to produce accurate and timely data for patients, quality control, and proficiency samples.
  • Reports data accurately and efficiently to healthcare providers/environmental health specialists utilizing computerized laboratory information system (LIS).
  • Demonstrates knowledge of operational and regulatory standards.
  • May perform on-site testing at FCHD clinics in support of STI program.
  • May participate in training and orientation of new staff on laboratory techniques and methods.
  • Participates in professional growth opportunities to enhance personal and team development.
  • This position requires active participation in one of the laboratory's internal committees; Quality Assurance, Safety, or Web Page. Participation on agency- wide or county-wide committees is highly recommended.
Note: Multiple positions may be hired from this announcement.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of basic principles of biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry or organic chemistry methods and techniques in a clinical laboratory;
Knowledge and application of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use and its limitations for duties assigned;
Skill in the care and use of laboratory equipment including microscopes and accessory equipment;
Ability to perform technical laboratory procedures in a precise and accurate manner;
Ability to pay close attention to detail;
Ability to work independently and part of a team;
Ability to comprehend and follow written and oral instructions;
Ability to communicate technical information to internal and external customers;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships;
Ability to interpret and follow standard technical instructions;
Knowledge of laboratory hazards and procedures;

Knowledge of quality control, documentation, quality assurance, and professional and regulatory standards of laboratory practice in a certified laboratory;
Knowledge of quality control, documentation, quality assurance, and professional and regulatory standards of laboratory practice in a certified laboratory;
Ability to apply problem-solving skills to resolve issues such as troubleshooting instruments and testing failures;
Ability to make analytical judgments;
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Ability to operate, maintain and properly read various laboratory instruments;

Ability to prepare clear, concise technical documentation and maintain accurate records;
Knowledge of policies, processes, and procedures related to corrective and preventive actions;
Knowledge of policies, processes, and procedures related to identifying and collecting quality improvement indicators;
Knowledge of rules and regulations regarding reportable diseases;
Ability to keep abreast of current developments in the field.

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; plus (1) year recent relevant experience performing CLIA non-waived or environmental testing in a clinical or public health laboratory.

Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
AED - Required within 60 days
CPR - Required within 60 days

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a child protective services registry, a driving record check, and a sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. Tuberculosis test.
This position is considered "Emergency Service Personnel"

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, results-oriented individual with a minimum of one year of experience performing clinical testing in a clinical or public health laboratory setting. Preferred candidates will possess one or more years of experience performing real time RT-PCR molecular assays. Working knowledge of microbiological and molecular procedures, 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. Experience and knowledge of Health Department policies and procedures is desirable. Certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) or equivalent preferred.

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 closely examine specimens microscopically and distinguish fine gradation of color, bands, or structures. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to work with small instruments and delicate laboratory equipment. 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 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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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