This position is located within the Louisiana Department of Health l Office of Public Health l Laboratory l East Baton Rouge Parish.
This vacancy is being announced as a Classified position and may be filled either as a Probationary Appointment, Job Appointment or Promotional Appointment.
- Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of job experience on application.*
As part of a Career Progression Group , vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Public Health Laboratory Scientist 1,2, or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant. The maximum salary for the Public Health Laboratory Scientist is $81,910. Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities page" for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualification requirements and job concepts for each level.
The Louisiana Office of Public Health has a Public Health Laboratory Scientist position available within the OPH Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA. The selected individual will work in the Clinical and Rapid Methods Section of the Molecular Biology/Virology Department. Clinical and Rapid Methods Laboratory is responsible for performing conventional and real time polymerase chain reaction, molecular serotyping, reverse passive latex agglutination and sequencing for a variety of bacterial and viral pathogens of public health concern. The Molecular Biology/Virology Department supports the State Epidemiologist in disease outbreak investigations and surveillance related to foodborne illness, vaccine preventable diseases, arboviruses, respiratory viruses, sexually transmitted diseases, rabies and biothreat agents. Valid Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) license is required. This position requires daily interaction with OPH Laboratory staff, OPH Program staff and regulatory agencies; limited travel may be required.
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.
To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.
For further information about this vacancy contact:
Ciera Green @ Ciera.Green@la.gov
P.O. Box 4818 Baton Rouge, La 70821
A baccalaureate degree with twenty-four semester hours in any one or a combination of the following: biological, environmental, or chemical science.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check and/or security clearance, including but not limited to those required for the Federal Select Agent Program and the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners license requirements.
FOR POSITIONS DEALING WITH CLINICAL TESTING:
For positions which involve processing and analysis of human specimens and/or the generation or interpretation of laboratory results that may be used in the diagnosis or treatment of a disease or condition in humans, the incumbent must have at the time of appointment a current valid license to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Generalist (CLS-G) or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Specialist (CLS-S) issued by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME).
A Temporary License to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist-Generalist or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist-Specialist issued by the LSBME shall fulfill this requirement only for the limited time period granted by the LSBME. The incumbent is required to satisfy the requirements for a CLS-G or CLS-S permanent license prior to the expiration of the temporary license.
Function of Work:
To perform and interpret moderately complex microbiological and chemical analyses.
Level of Work:
Close from a Public Health Laboratory Scientist Supervisor.
Location of Work:
Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Division of Laboratories.
Differs from the Laboratory Technician by the responsibility for performing routine professional laboratory analyses requiring interpretive judgment with a limited degree of independence.
Differs from the Public Health Laboratory Scientist 2 by the absence of responsibility for more complex laboratory analyses.
Examples of Work
Performs a variety of standardized microbiological and chemical analyses with supervisor's review of methods, accuracy, and quantity of output.
Initiates instrument start-up and calibrates laboratory equipment and/or scientific instrumentation for use in conducting procedures.
Analyzes a variety of clinical specimens to identify pathogenic bacteria.
Analyzes immunohematological specimens. Isolates and identifies organisms causing food poisoning by using biochemical and microbiological analyses.
Performs chemical analyses of food, potable water, and wastewater including pesticides, heavy metals and organics.
Performs proficiency testing and other procedures required for certification.
Prepares routine and complex media and reagents.
Performs bioassays for the identification of PKU, hypothyroidism, and hemoglobinopathies in newborns.
Performs quality control procedures on media prepared in-house and purchased commercially.
Adheres to all federal, state, and local guidelines and mandates regarding safety.
Performs other routine analyses as assigned by the supervisor.