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Laboratory Analyst

Recruitment #121210-UNCG-41

Introduction

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To apply, please follow the directions below:

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the announced vacancy.   Applicants meeting this criteria may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of the application deadline, to:

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation,
ATTN: HR Recruitment
6600 N. Harvey, Oklahoma City, OK  73116
Telephone:  (405) 848-6724; TDD:  (405) 843-7303.

This position is in the Forensic Biology Unit at the Forensic Science Center in Edmond.

 

Annual starting salary is $35,359.92.  This is a grant-funded, limited term position in the unclassified service.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
1. Casework – A technician’s role in casework is under direct supervision of a Forensic Biologist and
involves preparation of and performing tests on the samples to be analyzed in serology and DNA.
Preparation of the samples includes taking cuttings from evidence, extracting the target substance (i.e.
sperm and DNA), transferring samples into appropriate containers for instrumental analysis, and loading
of the samples onto their respective instruments. Tests include those which are used for identification of
body fluids including semen/sperm, saliva, and blood. As needed and requested by the analysts, the
technician will also assist with taking case notes, preparing reagents, acquiring lab supplies, organization of evidence, and repacking evidence.
2. Quality Control – The technician will test the functionality of instruments, reagents, and equipment
before they can be used for casework. This involves the use of each, using samples of known outcomes,
and comparing the results of each test with the expected outcomes. If the functionality of the instrument, reagent, or equipment is not within expected outcomes, troubleshooting measures are taken to either find and correct the problem or deem the instrument, reagent, or equipment unsuitable.
3. Instrument Maintenance – Weekly, monthly, quarterly, biannual, and annual maintenance will be
completed on instruments to ensure correct results are being obtained when using appropriate
instrumentation. The technician will perform required scheduled maintenance on each instrument in the
lab so as to maintain optimal performance necessary for obtaining the most reliable results. This involves
breaking the instruments down, cleaning/replacing the parts, refreshing fluids, calibrating the functions,
and documentation of maintenance performed. In addition, periodic inventories of equipment will be
conducted.
4. Reagent Maintenance – Chemical reagents and consumable supplies needed for laboratory analysis
will be maintained at appropriate quantities within the laboratory. Technicians will also be responsible for
receiving all delivered supplies and checking in supplies with date, quantity and technician initials. The
technician will prepare reagents required for the performance of casework. The necessary chemicals are
located, measured, and mixed as directed by the protocol for each reagent. Appropriate documentation
such as the assignment or collection of lot numbers and expiration dates is maintained. In addition, all
reagents will be quality checked.
5. Cleaning/Decontamination – General upkeep of the lab is necessary to keep clutter, trash, and
contamination to a minimum. This also involves maintaining safety equipment for use in the event of an
emergency. It is the responsibility of the technician to maintain the organization of the lab by disposing of
biohazard waste and Sharps containers as well as chemical waste, decontaminating equipment,
glassware, and areas of the lab most likely to contain contamination hazards, and check safety equipment
for proper functionality.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
• Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Science (or equivalent hours)
• Coursework specifically in physical science with laboratory experience

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the announced vacancy.   Applicants meeting this criteria may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of the application deadline, to:
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation,
ATTN: HR Recruitment
6600 N. Harvey, Oklahoma City, OK  73116
Telephone:  (405) 848-6724; TDD:  (405) 843-7303.

Successful applicants must be willing to submit to a drug screen, polygraph examination,  and a thorough background investigation.  Certain events automatically disqualify an applicant, such as, felony conviction; admission of an undetected crime that, if known, would have been a felony charge; failure to pay federal or state income tax; positive confirmed drug urine test; illegal use of a controlled substance within certain time frames.

Conclusion

Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.



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