Chemist

Posted 1 year ago

General Summary:

Coordinate and participate in a variety of complex technical tasks in the performance of Urine Drug Screen and Confirmation laboratory tests to obtain data for use in the monitoring of patient adherence.

Essential Job Functions

  • Participate in the chromatography interpretation in support of medical laboratory testing; and results for review by laboratory General Supervisor and/or Laboratory Director and Physician/Caregiver staff.
  • Participate in specimen pre-processing when required according to the LCMS Analytic Methods
  • Maintain responsibility for patient identification, specimen labeling and collection verification of urine specimens for analysis.
  • Operate current equipment, instruments and apparatus required for specific toxicology laboratory tests and assume adequate responsibility to maintain operations including daily, weekly, and preventive maintenance.
  • Support the preparation and quality assurance of reagents, assays and solutions as appropriate.
  • Evaluate collected laboratory data and prepare reports assessing accuracy, completeness, timeliness, progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
  • Participate in the development of new medical laboratory procedures and techniques.
  • Clean and maintain standard laboratory equipment.
  • Utilize various laboratory and clinic information systems and software.
  • Communicate in a professional and courteous manner with other medical personnel as necessary to obtain information for laboratory records, explain procedures, clarify orders and communicate status.
  • Interact courteously with doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers when answering questions or providing other information about a patient’s results.
  • Participate in lab inspections and work with inspectors as needed.
  • Provide advanced problem solving, troubleshooting, interpretation/consultation, verification of specimen quality and test results.
  • Detail important information or specified details in reports
  • Other laboratory and/or clinical duties as requested.

Decision Making

  • Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision.
  • Makes decisions and establishes work priorities on essentially procedure-oriented operations.
  • Authority: Does not direct the activities of staff or a function
  • Communication Exchanges: routine information conveyed in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical consideration to collaborate and notify the General Supervisor or Lab Director if needed

Preferred Work Experience

  • Lab work on analytic chemistry equipment HPLC or GC, and Mass Spectrometer
  • Should have strong skills in general chemistry calculations
  • Two years on a high complexity mass spectrometer in a lab setting to be able to release clinical results

Time Commitment

Part-Time 10-24 hours per week for a client. Occasional Full-Time for two to four weeks a couple times a year.

Part-Time on research project to complete overall Full-Time position.

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Chemistry, or four-year medical technologies, or equivalent

Prefer Masters Degree or two years work experience with a BS degree

Physical Requirements

  • Near vision to see objects clearly within 20 inches.
  • Sharp focus to adjust vision when doing close work that changes in distance from eyes.
  • Full spectrum vision to identify and distinguish color.
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
  • Handling by seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with the hand or hands, but without finger dexterity.
  • Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
  • Standing for extended times in preparation of chemicals or samples
  • Occasionally lifting, carrying objects weighing 20 lbs. or less. Occasionally pushing, pulling objects weighing 30 lbs. or less. Ability to move about.

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