Title: Laboratory Scientist – Metabolic $19.96 - $33.64 / Posted thru: 11-4-19 Employee Name: TBD
Supervisor: Shawn Moloney Purpose: The laboratory scientist in this en entry/intermediate level position provides te technical and analytic support for the Ne Newborn Screening (NBS) Laboratory Section pe performing a broad range of complex clinical la laboratory assignments. Under general su supervision and using some independent ju judgment, the laboratory scientist tests dr dried blood spot specimens from newborns pr primarily for evidence of inborn errors of me metabolism, but could also include co congenital endocrine and exocrine disorders, se selected hemoglobinopathies, lysosomal st storage diseases, peroxisomal disorders, DNA mu mutation analysis, and real time qu quantitative PCR using established pr procedures and protocols and in accordance wi with Michigan law and accepted medical pr practice.
The position will work closely with and support the NBS senior level scientist for Tandem Mass Spectrometry (TMS) and other technologies used in a newborn screening laboratory. This position will perform quality assurance functions to ensure accuracy and precision of new laboratory instrumentation, reagents and related software. The laboratory scientist participates in maintenance and troubleshooting for TMS; method evaluation, development and validation, as well as written documentation such as laboratory procedures, practices and policies. The laboratory scientist maintains accurate and up-to-date records of all work performed as we well as prepares reports of laboratory fi findings.
The Laboratory is a fast-paced environment and is housed in a modern, well equipped facility in Lansing, MI. Laboratory operations are Monday-Saturday, 7:00 am - -5:30 pm and holidays.
Duties and Responsibilities: • Duty 1 - 25% of time: performs b biochemical and molecular analyses of s specimens for metabolic, endocrine, h hemoglobin disorders and DNA mutations. T Technology include Fluorometry, F Fluoroimmunoassay, High Performance Liquid C Chromatography, Isoelectric Focusing, DNA M Mutation Analysis, digital microfluidics w with a special focus on operating, m maintaining and troubleshooting Tandem Mass S Spectrometry instrumentation. • Duty 2 - 25% of time: interprets a and reports out clinical test results, c communicating these results to follow up and m medical management staff. • Duty 3 - 25% of time: performs Q Quality Control and Quality Assurance f functions to assure accuracy and precision o of laboratory instrumentation and resulting a assays outcomes, update SOPs, maintain i inventory and annual orders. • Duty 4 - 15% of time: maintains c communications with vendors, facility m management, supervisors, medical management, s software engineers, programmers, laboratory m management and others. • Duty 5 – 10% of time: participates in con in continuing education, safety awareness in the cl the clinical laboratory, and research and develo development in the area of Newborn Screening.
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mo Molecular Biology, Medical Technology or si similar field.
Experience: 2+ years’ experience in a Cli Clinical, Diagnostic, Public Health, Env Environmental, Industrial, or University res research laboratory preferred. Experience wit with Mass Spectrometry in a Clinical, Dia Diagnostic, Public Health, Environmental, Ind Industrial, University research laboratory is is desirable.
Important Skills and Characteristics: • Good communication skills, o organization, and team collaboration. • Focused attention to detail, a accuracy and efficiency. • High level of personal integrity. • Strong work ethics. • Innovative thinking and creativity to think “out-of-the-box”. • Flexibility for deliverables and t team members. • A willingness to support initiative a and the ability to provide the program with k knowledgeable resources. • Ability to work as a team member is a a must. Work Environment and Physical Requirements: An employee working with specimens of human origin is required to employ “universal precautions” in the laboratory; that is, to tr treat each specimen as if it were capable of di disease transmission and to use personal pr protection devices such as gloves, safety gl glasses, and lab coats to prevent co contamination.
Physical Activities: Standing, lifting, carrying, kneeling, bending, squatting, keyboard entry- daily
Conditions/Hazards: Dust, odor, fumes, chemicals, noise- daily. Must have ability to work at a computer and opera operate normal office equipment. Job invol involves keyboarding and viewing a CRT or VDT s VDT screen up to 100% of the time.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: No ass assigned responsibility. IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND O OPERATIONS: This person is a key member of t the team. This person also ensures that the n needs of the laboratory staff and external c clients are met in a timely manner and m maintains professional relationships.