MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST III – 64007118

Overview

Requisition No: 230721 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST III – 64007118

Position Number: 64007118 

Salary:  $1,402.60 – $2,131.47 Biweekly 

Posting Closing Date: 09/18/2020 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – OPEN COMPETITIVE

Bureau of Public Health Laboratories

Jacksonville Laboratory – Virology Department

Open Competitive

$1,402.60 – $2,131.47 Biweekly

 

Job Title: MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST III   186362)

Requisition ID: 230721

Position Number: 64007118

Closing Date: 09/18/2020

 

DESCRIPTION

This is an independent, professional position in the Virus Unit.  The incumbent in this position must be able to exercise independent judgment and have the ability to make decisions and solve problems.  This position requires the scientist to be well versed in virology/immunology terminology and principles.  The incumbent must possess the knowledge and skill to communicate with physicians and other health professionals in this complex field. This position has ON-CALL assignment responsibilities.

 

Perform molecular assays for the detection of viral nucleic acids. Plan testing in coordination with the lead molecular technologist. Follow protocols without deviation. Prepares and aliquots reagents. Prepare master-mix, aliquots, adds templates. Performs real-time RT-PCR assay. Analyze test results. Troubleshoots as necessary.

 

Report test results. Check PCR printout and test worksheet for accuracy. Accurately enter test results into LabWare. Give assay worksheets to supervisor immediately for result approval.

 

Perform Quality Assurance/Quality Control to ensure assay validity. Include appropriate controls on test run. Check white board for needed QC before test runs. Maintain log of control data, lot numbers, etc. to ascertain changes in test performance. Change lot numbers on PCR worksheet when new lot number passes QC and is in use. Perform preventative maintenance as necessary.

 

Perform nucleic acid extraction.

 

Accession laboratory specimens. Examine specimen and submittal form for accuracy and completeness. Log specimen into LabWare.  Assign appropriate laboratory number and test.

 

Maintain Respiratory, Outbreak, Mortality, Norovirus and other necessary spreadsheets. Accurately inputs data and test results immediately upon test completion.

 

Performs equipment maintenance on molecular equipment including refrigerators, freezers, and centrifuges as scheduled.

 

Participates in on-call duty assignments with other staff, to provide telephone coverage for the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories. The incumbent will be available to accept all incoming calls after-hours weekdays, weekends and holidays; assess the urgency of each call; and provide an appropriate response. On occasion, a call dealing with selected urgent diseases or a community-wide emergency will require extensive follow-up and coordination with other departmental units and other organizations/agencies that is beyond the scope of the on-call assignment. Perform related work as required.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES

Knowledge of procedures, terminology, equipment, principles, and techniques used in laboratory analysis and testing.

Skill in the use of lab equipment including light and fluorescent microscopes.

Ability to perform high complexity laboratory testing.

Ability to communicate effectively. 

Ability to work independently. 

Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. 

Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

No experience required.

 

PREFERRED EDUCATION

Bachelors Degree.

 

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

State of Florida Clinical Laboratory License – Technician or above. Chapter 483 F.S. and Rule 64B3 F.A.C.

 

NOTE

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in the Health Care Field, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout the State of Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team! 

 

We request that all applications be completed with People First – no faxed or mailed applications to the agency. Experience, education, and/or training used to meet the minimum qualifications and in response to the qualifying questions must be verifiable through information contained in your application.

When completing the online application, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month, and year) identifying company name or if unemployed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Please be advised:

Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. 

 

Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.

 

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

 

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov

 

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 

 

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation. 

 

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. 

 

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

 

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

 

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.   

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.