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The Scientific Director is an individual that possesses a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Ph.D. in Toxicology or Ph.D degree in a Biological Science. Additionally, the individual should have a minimum of 5 years work experience in a laboratory and understanding of chemistry, reagents, sample preparation and reporting. A candidate with less than 5 years experience will be considered on a case to case basis and may be placed on a developmental track towards Scientific Director. The Lab Director should have some hands on expertise, or working knowledge with Enzyme Immunoassay, GC/MS, LC/MS, ICPMS, ELISA and/or HP/LC instrumentation. The position requires also extensive forensic and clinical toxicology experience including court testimony. The Scientific Director should also be a self-motivated individual with good organizational skills, computer training in Microsoft Word and Excel. The Director is expected to work flexible hours as necessary and assist in research and development of new laboratory protocols and insure all CAP clinical and forensic accreditations are kept to high scientific standards by successful performance in proficiency testing and periodic inspections.
1. Provides supervisor authority over a team of laboratory analysts functioning in the area of forensic and clinical toxicology.
2. Analysis of biological specimens using the following techniques:
• Solid Phase or liquid/ Liquid Phases extraction
• Advanced Knowledge of mass spectrometry and compound fragmentation
• Advanced Knowledge of Quantitative Analysis
• Advanced Knowledge of Instrumental Analysis
• High Performance Liquid Chromatography (Advanced)
• High Performance Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (Advanced)
• Tandem Mass Spectroscopy
3. Evaluation of new and future analytical methods as
4. Responsible for the overall quality control and quality assurance compliance of laboratory analytical operations
5. Assures all records of analyses performed are accurate and properly archived.
6. Ensure and maintain proficiency with Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
7. Ensure that specimens are properly received, processed and aliquoted for subsequent testing.
8. Ensure laboratory SOPs are maintained and adhered to by all laboratory personnel in combination with the Laboratory Director.
9. Ensure laboratory compliance with all accrediting (State and Federal) agencies.
10. Maintain logs of analyses performed, equipment problems and solutions, freezer and refrigerator temperature logs and equipment operation logs.
11. Maintain the laboratory in an inspection readiness status at all times; this requires the Laboratory Manager to be aware of existing and potential problems concerning laboratory safety, equipment operation, maintain supply readiness and other critical laboratory functions.
12. Handle hazardous materials and hazardous waste, ensuring proper safety precautions are taken in storing and disposition of these materials.
13. Personnel management and work ethic traits required to maintain good team cohesion and to set a good working example.
14. Performs certifying and administrative review of completed patient and proficiency results.