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Concerned about work life balance? At the Montana Public Health Laboratory our clinical scientists begin their public health careers with three weeks of paid vacation and 12 paid holidays per year. We do not have evening or night shifts and very infrequent weekend responsibilities. Join the world of Public Health where you can have a positive impact on the lives of Montanans and still have the time and energy to enjoy all of the natural treasures that Montana has to offer with friends and family.
Moving expenses: Negotiable.
The Public Health Laboratory and the state Environmental Laboratory partner in the prevention and control of disease and the improvement of community health by providing quality testing and consultation in support of disease assessment, prevention and control. The Laboratories provide these services to federal and state agencies, hospitals, clinics and physicians, county health departments, clinical and environmental laboratories, public water supply operators and the general public. The Laboratory Services Bureau resides within the Public Health and Safety Division (PHSD).
PHSD leads public health efforts in Montana and provides state-level coordination of key public health services to local and tribal public health agencies. The Division serves a diverse group of customers and stakeholders while working to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of Montanans. The PHSD is committed to serving all of our customers and stakeholders with excellence and is a nationally accredited state health department through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This milestone accomplishment is official recognition that the PHSD meets or exceeds the rigorous national standards established by PHAB.
This position has responsibility for the general Clinical Laboratory Specialist (CLSp) position duties, including 1) Performing laboratory testing and reporting 2) Participating in laboratory quality assurance and safety protocols 3) Providing consultative services and technical assistance to health care partners.
Laboratory Testing and Reporting
Performs timely laboratory testing following standard operating procedures. Testing areas include serology, newborn screening, bacteriology, mycology/parasitology, mycobacteriology, molecular and next-generation sequencing
Records patient test results in the laboratory information system database and generates a written report
Reports critical test results immediately to health care providers
Reports diseases of public health significance to public health officials as appropriate
Laboratory Quality Assurance
Participates in Quality Assurance (QA) activities
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 to take corrective action when errors are found
Calculates and evaluates comparison data
Validates test systems and reagents and confirms testing system is within control limits prior to accepting patient test results
Consultative Services and Technical Assistance
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
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of clinical laboratory processes and practice
Effective written and verbal communications skills
Analytical and critical thinking skills
Acute attention to detail and observation skills
Knowledge of guidelines for verification/validation of laboratory tests
Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work activities
Ability to function effectively under possible stressful situations
Minimum Education and Experience:
Current Montana State CLS License or the ability to obtain this license within 6 months
MT(ASCP) or other nationally recognized registry
One-year experience in a CLIA approved clinical laboratory certified for performing high complexity testing