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Laboratory Specialist 1, G-18

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

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Job Description

Laboratory Specialists perform a wide range of laboratory sampling, testing, data collection, and analysis activities to advance scientific research and development in specialized fields.  Employees use a variety of laboratory techniques and equipment; coordinate laboratory testing and research activities; and/or direct specialized laboratory programs.  These positions are located in the Department of Health.

Who has this title?

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

A bachelor's or higher degree in bacteriology, biochemistry, biological science, biology, chemical science, chemistry, environmental biology, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, genetics, medical technology, microbiology, molecular biology, or Natural science; AND two years of post-degree professional level experience performing laboratory testing or research in specific fields, such as assisting in the scientific examination of specimens or samples using a variety of laboratory techniques and providing technical support to advance research; operating and maintaining complex laboratory instruments and utilizing specialized computer equipment and software; recording, testing, and researching findings and preparing written documents, reports, and presentation materials; and producing and standardizing chemicals, diagnostic reagents, biologic products, media, or tissue culture used for analysis.

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Appointment Information

Select Candidates may also be appointed to a traineeship to this job title from the PCO eligible list. See the Select Job Titles description for more information.

To Apply

You must have or expect to receive a bachelor's or higher degree by September 1, 2020.

The 2019 PCO will be open for application from January 18, 2019. To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 20, 2019, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2019, and take the PCO written test in April of 2019. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: