The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health has an opening for the position of Lead Laboratory Research Specialist will provide lead-level public health analytical, diagnostic, environmental and epidemiological laboratory testing in a public health laboratory. The position will perform a variety of tests, assays, analytical procedure validations and quality assurance and quality control studies in microbiology and molecular biology and observe infection control precaution in order to prevent contamination and the spread of disease. The Lead will provide work coordination, training, and review the work of lower-level laboratory scientists.
This position will perform biochemical, protein and molecular-based assays to detect and further characterize the infectious pathogens; interpret data/findings and report results; conduct quality control and quality assurance procedures to comply with state and federal clinical laboratory regulations (CLIA). The Lead will assist with outbreak logistics (collection devices, mailing labels, shipping guidance, etc.) as needed; assist with special projects; write procedures and compile data for assay verification and other reports.
The position located at the State Lab Building on 1770 Ashland Ave.
This is a contractual position and offers a generous benefits package that includes 10 vacation days, 11 personal and holidays, 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.
Assign, review and approve the work of general lab staff and other lower-level lab staff; train, provide advice and guidance as appropriate.
Safely handle and dispose of infectious microorganisms, radiochemicals and hazardous chemicals.
Assess the acceptability and appropriateness of test specimens and samples.
Follow protocol, SOPs, operate instruments and report test results in compliance with lab policy, State regulations and federal standards for medical and environmental laboratories.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor's degree in the Biological Sciences from an accredited university with at least one course in biochemistry and one course in molecular biology. All foreign degrees must be evaluated for US equivalency by a recognized US educational evaluation service as required by the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) regulations.
Master's degree may be substituted for 2 years of the required experience; Doctor of Philosophy may be substituted for 3 years of the required experience.
Experience: Five (5) years of experience with at least three (3) years conducting molecular biology based laboratory testing. Experience overseeing the work of others preferred.
Preferred: Preference is given to applicants with experience testing clinical specimens and familiar with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) federal clinical laboratory guidelines. Experience in next-generation-sequencing platform is highly desirable.
Special Requirement: Employees in this positions are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs Candidates may substitute US Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in HSR Officer classifications or Medical Laboratory Specialist specialty codes in the science-related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of automated microbiology and molecular biology-based laboratory testing technologies.
Ability to troubleshoot bacterial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) assays.
Knowledge and assurance of compliance issues related to laboratory activities.
Knowledge of molecular biology based instrumentation/equipment.
Skill operating sophisticated molecular biology based laboratory instrumentation.
Ability to diagnose equipment/instrumentation malfunctions and implement necessary steps to correct problems with supervisor's guidance.
Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both oral and written communications.
Ability to perform independently with general supervision.
Skill using statistical software for data analysis, as well as spreadsheet and database software applications.
Ability to apply professional and technical skills to contribute ideas/suggestions for evaluation of testing procedures.
Ability to network with, and present information to key groups and individuals.
Ability to complete special projects in addition to routine testing responsibilities.
Ability to work well in a group setting and help coworkers when needed for continuity in laboratory operations.
Ability to train personnel to use instrumentation or perform molecular based technologies/assays.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience.
If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Reg or CII Non-Exempt Staff - e3325e
Employee Class Exempt Contingent II
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Medicine - Epidemiology and Public Health
Job Posting: Mar 20, 2019
Unposting Date: Apr 4, 2019, 3:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 116041
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.