The holder of the position is responsible for overseeing the testing activities in the extraction and/or the screening laboratory areas, and will serve as a Negative Certifying Scientist certifying screening data, if needed. The tests are analyses of drugs of abuse in a variety of biological matrices. Other duties include: day-to-day supervision of test performance by testing personnel, monitoring quality management/assurance/control indicators to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained. Assuring that all remedial actions are taken and reporting to Laboratory Director/Technical Manager whenever test systems/personnel deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications. In the event of non-conformances, ensuring that results of test examinations are not reported until all corrective actions have been taken and the test system is properly functioning. Providing training to personnel, evaluating, and documenting the competency for testing personnel. Reviewing equipment maintenance logs at least monthly, and assuring that all remedial actions are taken and reported to Laboratory Director or Quality Manager, whenever equipment performance deviates from the laboratory’s established performance specifications. After non-conformance is evaluated and corrective actions are taken, authorize that the process is resumed to perform regular testing procedures. Initiating troubleshooting when issues needed within their department and communicating with other areas when needed. Developing new methods and providing a safe work environment for staff.
• MA/MS from an accredited institution with a major in one of the chemical, physical or biological sciences and subsequent to graduation has had at least four years of pertinent clinical or forensic lab experience, of which no less than two years have been spent working in a forensic toxicology laboratory; OR
• BA/BS from an accredited institution with a major in one of the chemical, physical or biological sciences and at least six years of pertinent clinical or forensic lab experience AND
• Two years of pertinent lab experience including extraction techniques for biological matrices, automated immunoassay analyzers, ELISA, or instrumental experience for gas chromatography or liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry.
Special Position Requirements
Lab positions generally involve handling of biohazard materials and hazardous substances. Scheduled hours are 3:30pm – midnight.
• Experience developing extraction procedures and chromatography/mass spectrometry methods
• Two-year work experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory
At times, depending on the needs of the company and shift, it may be necessary to work on weekends. At times, overtime may be required for full time positions.