Laboratory Scientist 3

State of Ohio Jobs - Reynoldsburg, OH3.9

Primary Location: United States of America-OHIO-Licking County
Work Locations: LAB 8995 EAST MAIN STREET Reynoldsburg 43068
Organization: Agriculture
Classified Indicator: Classified
Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Bargaining Unit
Schedule: Full-time
Work Hours: 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Compensation: $24.08 - $35.25, Hourly. $50,086.40 - $73,320.00
Unposting Date: Dec 12, 2018, 10:59:00 PM
Job Function: Laboratory

Laboratory Scientist 3 (1800047A)

Job Duties


This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the OCSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. ODA bargaining unit members have selection rights before non-bargaining unit members. All other applications will only be considered if an internal bargaining unit applicant is not selected for this position.


The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently seeking candidates for a Laboratory Scientist 3 position in the Consumer Protection Laboratory, Analytical Toxicology Lab, in Licking County. The duties for the Laboratory Scientist 3 position include but are not limited to:

Performs tests that require specialized knowledge, training and extensive experience in Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LCMS) and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) systems for Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL)

Extracts and runs official client samples

processes and reviews test results from LCMS and GCMS

conducts research and method development for drug detection in biological fluids (e.g., urine and blood)

writes and reviews standard operating procedures (SOPs)

reviews and provides input on SOPs written by other laboratory staff

consults with various laboratory professionals (e.g. Quality Assurance Coordinator, ATL Supervisor, and ATL Director) and provides appropriate recommendations regarding non- conformance issues

Performs advanced interpretation of test results using understanding of theory, concepts and principles of methodologies and completes equipment calibrations and quality control determinations

Assists ATL Supervisor with establishment of test controls, criteria, and research standards

modifies and maintains equipment

assists with development of new research methodologies

troubleshoots malfunctions and calibrates as needed

contacts vendors whenever necessary to effect instrument repair or maintenance

cleans and prepares glassware for analysis

maintains clean, orderly and professional looking work area

assists ATL Supervisor in training lower level Laboratory Scientists and Laboratory Technicians

assists in planning and execution of special projects;

reads highly technical journals

attends and participates in local and/or out-of-state training sessions and seminars

prepares expert testimony for presentation at administrative hearings of Ohio State Racing Commission

gives testimony as necessary to defend work performed

assists in duties of other Laboratory Scientists in ATL as needed

Performs other lab duties as assigned


Completion of undergraduate core coursework in a biological, chemical, natural or physical science; 24 mos. pertinent laboratory experience commensurate with job duties to be performed as outlined per approved position description on file;

  • Or completion of Master of Science core program in a biological, chemical, natural or physical science; 12 mos. pertinent laboratory experience commensurate with job duties to be performed as outlined per approved position description on file.
  • Or 54 mos. pertinent laboratory experience commensurate with job duties to be performed as outlined per approved position description on file.
  • Or 12 mos. exp. as Laboratory Scientist 2, 83292.
  • Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above
Major Worker Characteristics

Knowledge of a biological, chemical, natural or physical science; laboratory tests & procedures; applicable health, safety and environmental regulations & practices.

Skill in operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment; personal and laboratory computer systems. Ability to use proper research methods in gathering data; understand abstract field of study (i.e., a biological, chemical, natural or physical science); prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports; effectively communicate with others; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public; demonstrate manual dexterity to operate equipment, handle & prepare test samples; visually evaluate samples & test results.

Supplemental Information

No attachments will be accepted with this application.

Unless otherwise required by legislation or union contract, salary will be set at the lowest rate of the salary range.

Unusual Working Conditions:
Exposed to biofluids and tissue, sharps, caustic or toxic chemicals, and/or explosives; may work varying hours.