The CDC Foundation is working with CDC, state and local authorities to provide surge staffing resources that are crucial to the nation’s COVID-19 response. We are seeking candidates for the Laboratory Scientist role. Under administrative direction, oversees the overall operation of a laboratory and uses extensive knowledge to independently perform high complexity laboratory analytical procedures on blood, body fluids, and public health investigation-related samples; performs support tasks related to testing samples and reporting results; and performs related work as required.
- Demonstrates regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
- Plans, organizes, coordinates, and oversees the overall operation of the assigned laboratory.
- Performs routine preparation and laboratory analyses for human disease and public health threat samples in accordance with designated laboratory principles and practices and laboratory standard operating procedures.
- Maintains laboratory instrumentation, equipment, pipets, and testing supply/reagent inventory; perform standard equipment calibrations.
- Performs Quality Control at the time new supplies/reagents/kits are received in the laboratory; reports and resolves discrepancies and errors; performs ongoing quality control responsibilities regarding laboratory functions; reviews quality control/quality assurance assigned data to evaluate documentation requirements; logs quality control data.
- Collects and analyzes analytical data and interprets test and quality control/quality assurance results; organizes and reports results and data, via designated information management systems, and to other program personnel, as needed.
- Ensures all available samples are tested in accordance with assigned employee schedule and analyses are in-line with published turn-around-times (TATs) to meet quality measure thresholds.
- Develops, writes, and reviews new procedures for the laboratory; collaborates in the development and implementation of new testing procedures as required to support rapid public health response in the community and the state; initiates and carries out projects to improve laboratory operations.
- Develops and maintains acceptable criteria, laboratory procedure manuals, reports, guidelines, and research protocols to ensure appropriate documentation and procedures are available at all times.
- Performs support tasks that are required to maintain laboratory operations – these tasks may include, but are not necessarily limited to, specimen collection, sample handling, specimen preparation, information system procedures, customer support, and common clerical duties.
- Trains other staff, as directed.
- Maintains proficiency and updated knowledge on disease causes and controls to continuously improve the quality of laboratory testing and customer service surrounding testing performed.
- Communicates instrument repair needs, assay problems, and data issues to the supervisor expeditiously so proactive notification of clients and/or redirecting of testing can be coordinated to minimize result TATs.
- Observes all safety requirements in the laboratory setting; maintains comprehensive knowledge for all procedures that are required to be performed.
- Organizes and ensures reagents are made in advance, QC/QA activities are completed on time, and waste is removed appropriately and sterilized (if needed) in a timely fashion.
- Communicates technical information relating to abnormal test result reporting, test results, methodology, test specificity/sensitivity, and factors that can influence test results to other health professionals and public health partners.
- Contacts appropriate health officials expeditiously when a positive of public health significance and/or reportable result is identified; ensures appropriate confirmatory testing is performed on positive screening testing.
- Participates, as directed, in County Board of Health meetings, County Commission meetings, and other public meetings and forums.
- Performs duties as assigned in the event of a public health emergency.
- Represents the county with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.
- Qualification as a licensed laboratorian; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- General clinical laboratory equipment, procedures, techniques, and quality control/assurance
- Medical environment
- Administration of Public Health regulations – NRS 439.640 and NAC 439
- Hazardous waste materials such as chemicals and/or bio-hazardous materials
- Related safety, health, and environmental regulatory compliance standards, laws, and regulations, such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), CLIA, CAP, FDA, EPA, NDEP, etc.
- Implementation of emergency response and management and safety program management, written safety programs, inspections, safety training, emergency preparedness and response, hazardous materials management and response
- Laboratory licensing requirements and operational mandates
- HIPAA Regulations and Compliance strategies
- Current laboratory and public health principles and practices
- Computer applications related to the work
- Correct business English, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation
- Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained
- Working with hazardous materials such as chemicals and/or bio-hazardous materials
- Applying laboratory technical knowledge and understanding of workflow
- Exercising independent judgment to plan, develop, and conduct laboratory assignments
- Maintaining confidential information
- Researching, analyzing, and compiling data for reports
- Interviewing, communicating with, and instructing individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained
- Interpreting, applying, and adapting regulations, policies, and procedures
- Analyzing situations accurately and taking effective action.
- Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines
- Communicating orally in a clear, concise manner, tailoring the message to the intended audience
- Writing technical and narrative reports and other written materials
- Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives, and activities
- Demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with the public, other agencies, and county staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
Relocation expenses are not included.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Pay: $68,000.00 – $85,000.00 per year
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Referral program
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
All employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment effective November 22, 2021. All offers of employment after that date are contingent upon proof of full-vaccination status as a part of the pre-employment process.
Ability to commute/relocate:
- Indianapolis, IN: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
- Bachelor’s (Preferred)
Work Location: One location