The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH), Health Care Quality & Safety Branch, Facility Licensing & Investigations Section, is recruiting for a Laboratory Consultant. The Environmental Laboratory Certification Program (ELCP) is one of the programs within the Facility Licensing & Investigations Section and is responsible for certifying laboratories that test a variety of contaminants including, but are not limited to, air, water, soil, sediments, and wastes. This is accomplished by a system of on-site inspections, proficiency test (PT) samples, and document review. In addition to licensure activities, the FLIS laboratory unit conducts complaint investigations in all licensed and/or certified public health laboratories.
This position is full-time, first shift, 35 hours per week, typically M-F; however, applicants to this position classification may be required to travel and be flexible with their work schedule.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Sue Ciccaglione at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 509-7183.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Laboratories this class is accountable for the inspection of clinical, environmental and hospital laboratories and other facilities under jurisdiction including evaluation of analytical methods and procedures and review of quality control data and analysis records.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs on site inspections of clinical, environmental, hospital, canine, research and veterinary laboratories, plasmapheresis centers and blood collection facilities; notes and recommends actions for correction of deficiencies found during on site inspections; evaluates cleanliness, lighting, ventilation and safety installations; evaluates quality assurance, quality assessment and quality control procedures and methodologies; evaluates adequacy and effectiveness of instrumentation and equipment; evaluates laboratories for safety and freedom from biological, chemical, physical and radiological hazards; evaluates skill and ability of technical staff in performance of tests and proper use of standards and controls; makes recommendations to approve or disapprove initial license, relicensing and/or termination of license; prepares performance evaluation samples for laboratories; reviews and analyzes proficiency results from environmental and medical laboratories; checks records and written procedures; reviews scientific methods and determines compliance; provides information and consultation to laboratory personnel and general public concerning a variety of issues such as license, quality assurance, regulations, etc.; investigates complaints concerning laboratories or other facilities; maintains knowledge of current laboratory methodologies and equipment; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of and ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of clinical chemistry, environmental chemistry, hematology, clinical microbiology, environmental microbiology, serology and laboratory quality control procedures; knowledge of immunohematology, cytology, histopathology and blood banking procedures; knowledge of laboratory analysis of drinking water, wastewater, solid waste and effluent discharge; interpersonal skills; oral and written communications skills; skill in calibration and use of laboratory instruments; ability to make accurate and objective observations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years' professional laboratory experience in clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, medical technology or a related area.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in chemistry, medical technology, microbiology or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in chemistry, medical technology, microbiology or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Experience with quality control and quality assurance in a medical or clinical, and an environmental laboratory environment;
- Preferred experience in drinking water testing methods and state and federal regulations;
- Experience with proficiency testing in an environmental and/or medical laboratory setting;
- Experience with documenting facts, findings and outcomes in a clinical/medical/environmental laboratory setting;
- Experience with laboratory instrumentation and methodologies in the environmental laboratory and/or medical laboratory setting;
- *Certification as an EPA Drinking Water Laboratory Certification Officer or demonstrated experience utilizing microbiology and/or chemistry in assessing/auditing private environmental laboratories. (* Hired candidate must possess the necessary qualifications to achieve certification as an EPA Drinking Water Certification Officer within 1 year of employment if not already certified.)
1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests or immunizations for communicable diseases.
2. Incumbents in this class inspecting environmental laboratories must successfully complete the U.S. Drinking Water Laboratory Certification Course (organic and inorganic chemistry, microbiology) and be certified as a State Certification Officer by the Regional Environmental Protection Agency office.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Department of Public Health aims to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and advancement, fostering an environment committed to supporting individuals in all protected classes. If you require an aid/accommodation to participate fully and fairly, please contact the Human Resources Office at (860) 509-7177.