This Clinical Laboratory Specialist position performs testing for infectious agents to support work of the Montana Public Health Laboratory. Testing areas include serology, bacteriology, mycology/parasitology, mycobacteriology, and next-generation sequencing. In addition, newborn screening testing is performed to detect metabolic abnormalities in infants. The laboratory is focused on disease detection, surveillance, and prevention for the State of Montana. This position focuses on newborn screening testing and is responsible for the newborn metabolic screening short term follow-up activities.
Major Duties or Responsibilities:
Laboratory Testing and Reporting
Performs laboratory testing following standard operating procedures in designated testing areas.
Interprets test data; enters and approves test results in the laboratory information system to generate facility reports.
Reports critical test results immediately to health care providers and reports diseases of public health significance to public health officials as appropriate.
Newborn Metabolic Screening
Assures that all babies born in Montana receive a newborn metabolic screen.
Reviews and prioritizes newborn screening results for reporting and implementing short term follow-up protocols to providers.
Ensures that testing is repeated on all newborns with out of range results and that new specimens are obtained when unsatisfactory samples are submitted.
Develops and maintains policies and procedures for all aspects of metabolic short-term follow-up.
Coordinates activities between the newborn screening laboratory and healthcare providers to ensure timely collection and transport of newborn screening specimens to the laboratory.
Maintains close communication with public health laboratory management and external partners to ensure quality and timeliness of newborn metabolic screening results.
Laboratory Quality Assurance
Participates in laboratory Quality Assurance (QA) activities and follows safety protocols.
Brings any identified issues or concerns to the supervisor’s attention immediately.
Assesses and documents QA processes to detect, control, and prevent the occurrence of errors, and takes corrective action when errors are found.
Analyzes data to look for trending and quality improvement activities.
Validates test systems and reagents and confirms testing system is within control limits prior to accepting test results.
Consultative Services and Technical Assistance
Serves as a liaison for matters related to newborn metabolic screening follow-up with hospitals, medical specialists and other internal and external partners.
Provides consultative services to health care partners including test selection, test interpretation, and proper collection, handling and transport of specimens.
Provides information based on knowledge of seasonal disease trends or history of infectious agents.
Other Duties as Assigned
Participates in meetings and conference calls as required.
Attends ongoing training and professional development activities.
Physical and Environmental Demands: Typical laboratory environment. Work schedule requires limited weekend work and holidays as assigned. Employees participate in a call down list to ensure 24/7/365 coverage for the Public Health Laboratory. Work hours may exceed the normal work week during emergency situations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):
Required for the first day of work:
Knowledge of clinical laboratory processes and practices.
Knowledge of guidelines for verification/validation of laboratory tests.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Analytical and critical thinking skills including acute attention to detail.
Ability to decide validity of data and interpret test results.
Ability to use reason and logic to identify and solve problems.
Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work activities.
Ability to function effectively under stressful situations.
Required Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in in a clinical lab science or comparable science discipline.
One year of experience in a CLIA approved clinical laboratory certified for performing high complexity testing.
Current Montana State CLS License or eligibility to attain a license.
MT(ASCP) or other nationally recognized registry.
Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply.
To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position.
Materials Required of Applicants:
(To be considered in this pool, please submit the following)
3 Professional references
On your first day of work in the office, the Department will provide you with a cloth face covering. You may also bring and wear your own face coverings. Please be advised, all DPHHS employees are required to wear masks/face coverings while at work in the office and outside the office in official employee capacity.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: per hour
Internal Number: 00729
About Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
The Department of Public Health and Human Services performs a wide range of services for the people of Montana. We are proud of our work and are looking for motivated individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of others.