This position is located in the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). The mission of DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services through best practices and the best available technology; focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.
Accessioning technologist performs and advises on specimen and sample receipt of human blood, urine, and other body fluids or tissues, using manual or automated techniques; test ordering in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and assists with performing LIMS reviews and troubleshooting LIMS issues; packaging and sending out samples/specimens to stakeholders, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state public health laboratories and regional laboratory networks; providing basic theory, technical skills, and application of LIMS procedures; and ensures compliance with accrediting and regulatory agency requirements.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Biological Science Laboratory Technician (Accessioning) receives and accessions clinical specimens and environmental samples for microbiological analyses by ordering the test in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), prepares/aliquots samples and enters demographic data. Notifies the Units for testing in a timely manner, organizes work by matching LIMS orders with specimen labeling; sorting specimens; checking labeling; logging specimens, arranging reports for delivery; keeping work surfaces clean and orderly.
The incumbent identifies discrepant demographic information, test order incongruences, and other submitter issues. Communicates abnormal patient conditions of significance by alerting Unit Chief/Laboratory Director and other supervisory personnel, hospitals, the pathologist, the patient’s physician, or nurse; reporting mandated information to the DC Health or other designated officials. Reports specimen workload problems, process problems, and incorrect reports to the Unit Chief/ Laboratory Director as they occur. Assist Unit Chiefs in investigating causes for errors, discrepancies, and computer system and database issues.
Qualifications and Education
One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CS-7 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Licensure and Certifications
The work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions (e.g. working in a laboratory where there is a risk of exposure to contagious diseases, carcinogenic materials, caustic reagents, noxious fumes, flammable liquids, and low-level radiation). The incumbent is required to use protective clothing or gear such as laboratory coats, fume hoods, safety googles radiation badges, aprons, gloves and shields, and to adopt sterile aseptic techniques.
Other Significant Facts
Tour of Duty: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Pay Plan, Series and Grade: CS-404-09
Salary Range: $62,287.00 - $78,190.00; based on funding
Duration of Appointment: Career Service - Term Appointment (Not-to-Exceed 4 years)
Collective Bargaining Unit: This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement and is subject to union dues through payroll deduction.
Promotion Potential: No known promotion potential
Area of Consideration: Open to the Public
This is a grant funded position
Position Designation: This position has been deemed Safety Sensitive under the guidelines of the DC Personnel Manual and is subject to mandatory pre-employment and periodic criminal background checks and traffic records checks (as applicable). This position is also subject to mandatory pre-employment and random drug and alcohol Testing. In this position, you may be disqualified from employment based on the presence of marijuana in test results, even if you possess a medical card authorizing the use of medical marijuana.
Residency Requirement: If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.
EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.