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The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
Richmond, VA, United States
20 days ago
The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
Richmond, Virginia, United States
20 days ago

Description

The Virginia State Laboratory, the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS), is one of the largest public consolidated laboratories in the United States. With over 200 scientific and support staff, DCLS provides chemical & microbiological testing services to local, state, and federal regulatory, environmental & public health agencies. Located in historic downtown Richmond, our laboratory is adjacent to the State Capitol grounds. Beaches, mountains, Colonial Williamsburg, and Washington D.C. are less than a two-hour drive.

DCLS is currently recruiting for a Scientist within the Metals laboratory. The Metals laboratory performs routine and emergency testing using state-of-the-art instrumentation and analyzes drinking water, environmental water, air, fish tissues, sediments, fertilizer, and feed samples for heavy metals and chemical agents. Laboratory testing supports investigations and surveillance studies related to the environment and public water supplies.

As a Scientist, this position will work with the Senior Scientist and Principal Scientist to perform maintenance/troubleshooting on instrumentation and equipment; conduct routine Metals analyses on various matrices; perform method validations; review analytical results; write, update and review standard operating procedures; conduct quality assurance (QA) procedures; maintain laboratory safety; and document personal competency assessments. Candidate must possess a working knowledge of chemical laboratory operations in a fast paced lab. The Scientist will work directly with the Senior Scientist and the Principal Scientist to conduct emergency testing where heavy metals analyses are required. This DCLS employee will also support emergency testing in response to any potential public health threat. The position will report directly to the Metals Senior Scientist, the Metals Principal Scientist and the Metals, Food, Fertilizer, Feed, PM2.5 and PM10 Group Manager.

Holiday, weekend and/or evening work may be required for testing of emergency samples.

Qualified state employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). As a full-time employee with the Virginia Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, you may be able to take advantage of this program! Visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site for more information including eligibility requirements.



Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

All potential candidate’s must posses the following minimum qualifications:
  • B.S. in the Life Sciences or related field or equivalent combination of training and experience and must meet the educational and work experience requirements for laboratory personnel as defined by the appropriate accrediting agency (i.e. CLIA, NELAC, ISO 17025, AIHA, etc).
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety practices for the handling of chemical, microbiological, infectious or toxic materials, as applicable.
  • Considerable knowledge of the theory and application of chemical, and/or microbiological analytical principles.
  • Ability to independently perform complex routine and emergency analyses. Ability to troubleshoot complex laboratory instrumentation and analytical methods.
  • Ability to perform and document QA and QC procedures and interpret QC data/results.
  • Ability to follow procedures. Ability to compile and formulate data, draw conclusions, and provide data interpretation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.
  • Experience and ability to work well on a team. Ability to work well in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work some weekends and holidays, as needed.




Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include:
  • Advanced Degree (M.S., Ph.D) in a chemical, physical, biological or medical laboratory science.
  • Extensive experience working with ICP, ICP/MS, LCMSMS, Ion Chromatography.
  • Knowledge and experience with TNI 2009 or ISO 17025.
  • Experience in writing SOPs.
  • Ability to exhibit initiative.



Special Requirements:

Sponsorship will not be provided for this position now or in the future. Confirmation of eligibility to work will be required at time of hire.

The selected candidate must pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Holiday, weekend and/or evening work may be required for testing of emergency samples.

DCLS employees are designated as essential personnel. This designation requires DCLS employees to report to the workplace or at an assigned remote location during state authorized closings or delays (i.e. weather-related closures/delays, holidays, etc.), unless otherwise instructed by management.

Applicants that indicate they have preferential hiring rights in the form of a yellow form or blue card must submit these to our office prior to the closing of the posting, in accordance with DHRM policy 1.30. Please note that only current and former employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia that will be or have been laid off are eligible for preferential hiring rights.





Special Instructions to Applicants:

Notice: DGS will record information from each new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Fax, e-mail or mail applications will not be accepted. The online State application must contain all required information and fully respond to the questions to be considered for this job opportunity.

For assistance or computer access, please visit your local Virginia Employment Office or contact our office at jobs@dgs.virginia.gov or call 804-786-3910.

Applications will be accepted until a suitable pool of candidates is received. After 5 business days, this position may be closed at any time.

The Virginia Department of General Services is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals with AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service experience are encouraged to apply.


Applicants in need of accommodation during the application and/or interview process may contact DGS at 804-786-3910 for assistance.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63735939
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia, United States
  • Position Title: Scientist I
  • Company Name For Job: The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
  • Industry: Laboratory Assessment
  • Job Function: Public Health Laboratory Scientist
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Salary: $45,485.00 - $58,408.00 (Yearly Salary)
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