Scientist Certifying-Positive - Norristown, PA - Tuesday to Friday
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To describe the responsibilities of the Positive Certifying Scientist within the Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory. This position reports to the Certifying Scientist Supervisor and Responsible Person. A Positive Certifying Scientist reviews analytical data to ensure accuracy, completeness and defensibility of testing results and reporting documents prior to release of a result report.
- Certify negative and non-negative drug testing results according to the Laboratory?s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Manual.
- Ensure that all test results reported by the laboratory are accurate and legally defensible.
- Describe the standard drug testing procedures from point of collection to positive certification in a court of law.
- Interact with clients, medical review officers, call center representatives and sales staff in a professional manner in order to address any questions pertaining to the drug testing process.
- Interact with laboratory inspectors to demonstrate a detailed working knowledge of the lab SOPS, QC practices, analytical procedures, test theory, reporting procedures, corrective actions and applicable regulations pertaining to screening, confirmation and specimen validity testing.
- Maintain a working knowledge of the accessioning procedures and protocols to ensure proper specimen and chain of custody handling.
- Maintain a working knowledge of the theory and practice of all initial tests, adulteration test and confirmation test methods used in the laboratory.
- Have a thorough understanding of all laboratory:
- Quality control practices and procedures
- Data review processes
- Procedures for interpretation of test results
- Protocols for reporting results
- Provide appropriate feedback to the Supervisor and Responsible Person in order to assist in maintaining an accurate SOP.
- Maintain a thorough understanding of all federal, state and other regulatory requirements as they pertain to all aspects of forensic drug testing.
- Take proper remedial action in response to test systems being out of control limits or detecting aberrant test or quality control results.
- Function as a technical resource for department personnel in all sections of the laboratory.
- Maintaining a working knowledge of all instrumentation associated with the initial test, adulteration test and confirmation test procedures in order to assist in troubleshooting measures.
- Comply with all safety and regulatory requirements as defined and applicable.
- Follow work schedule as defined by the Certifying Scientist Supervisor.
- Actively participate in department meetings by providing constructive feedback.
- Maintain proficiency in technical testing areas.
- Participate in records management and retrieval, as required.
- Other duties as assigned by the Certifying Scientist Supervisor and Responsible Person
- A bachelor's degree in the chemical or biological sciences, medical technology, or equivalent.
- Six years experience in forensic analytical toxicology or equivalent.
- Knowledge of the methods and procedures used by the laboratory that are relevant to the results that the individual certifies.
- Training and experience in reviewing and reporting test results, maintenance of chain of custody, and understanding proper remedial action in response to the problems that may arise.
- Completion of an in-house Certifying Scientist training program and approval by the Laboratory Director to perform independent functions.