New job Laboratory Scientist-In-Training in Kentucky

Laboratory Scientist-In-Training
Laboratory Scientist-In-Training

Laboratory Scientist-In-Training

Company : Commonwealth of Kentucky
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Kentucky

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9/24/2021 (8:00 PM EDT)
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Laboratory Scientist-In-Training
Pay Grade
12
Salary
$29,129.28 - $33,600.00
Employment Type
EXECUTIVE BRANCH | FULL TIME, ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME PAY | 18A | 37.5 HR/WK
Hiring Agency
Cabinet for Health & Family Services | Department for Public Health
Location
100 Sower Blvd, Suite 204
Frankfort, KY 40601 USA
Description
The Department for Public Health, Division of Laboratory Services, Molecular and Clinical Chemistry Branch is dedicated to improving health and safety of Kentucky newborns through prevention, promotion and protection.

This Laboratory Scientist-In-Training position provides the individual with the opportunity to learn to perform critical, life-saving testing of inborn errors of metabolism. The Branch works with birthing facilities across the state to ensure mandated testing services are provided to all newborns born in Kentucky. The Division strives to allow individuals to enhance their laboratory skills through advanced trainings in state–of-the-art technologies and provides opportunities for advancement through the laboratory career ladder.

The Newborn Screening and Metabolic Section of the Molecular and Clinical Chemistry Branch is responsible for providing testing for the approximately 55,000 babies born in Kentucky each year. The located in the Molecular & Biomedical Engineering Section is seeking a Laboratory Scientist-In-Training that will learn to perform tandem mass spectrometry analysis, real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis and DNA mutation analysis for the KY Newborn Screening Program. This individual will work with our state partners, such as the Division of Maternal and Child Health and our federal partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The candidate for this position needs to be a fast learner, enthusiastic, motivated to do an excellent job, have a desire to improve systems and keep the team informed of issues.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Gain and maintain knowledge concerning testing for inborn errors of metabolism, in which state-of-the- art technology is used to detect genetic disorders in newborns before they exhibit symptoms
  • Perform Tandem mass spectrometry
  • Perform testing and analysis, including automated molecular testing by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Perform DNA mutation analysis
  • Perform automated immunoassays for Newborn Screening
  • Perform testing for after hours, holiday and weekend coverage for public health events and incidents
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Ability and desire to learn quickly
  • Understanding of application and use of immunoassays and other routine scientific assays
  • Computer literacy and understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work with others
  • Adhere to confidentiality requirements (HIPAA)
  • Self-starter with initiative to problem solve scientific/instrument issues
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in U.S. CHFS will only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.

For more information on E-Verify, or if you believe that CHFS has violated its E-Verify responsibilities, please contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at 888-897-7781 or http://dhs.gov/e-verify.
Minimum Requirements
EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering, bacteriology, biochemistry and/or biophysics, biology, chemistry, dairy science, genetics, microbiology, pathology, physics, veterinary medicine or a related field.

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: NONE

Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: NONE

Substitute EXPERIENCE for EDUCATION: NONE

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): NONE
Working Conditions
Work is typically performed in a laboratory setting. Incumbent may be exposed to contagious diseases or body fluids. Regular exposure to noxious odors and chemicals.
Probationary Period
This job has an initial and promotional probationary period of 6 months, except as provided in KRS 18A.111.
If you have questions about this advertisement, please contact Matthew Johnson at Matthew.Johnson@ky.gov or 502-782-7729.
An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D