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Laboratory Specialist 1, G-18

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

General Information

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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.

Bachelor's degree or higher degree in the Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences or Medical Technology 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.

Appointment Information

Appointment Information

Most employees will be appointed to the Trainee 1 job title. Appointments to this job title require a two-year traineeship that starts at the Trainee 1, G-13, and advances, after one year of acceptable performance, to Trainee 2, G-14. After one year of acceptable performance as a Trainee 2, employees advance to the full performance, G-18, job title described above. No further Civil Service examination is required for advancement from Trainee 1 to Trainee 2, or from Trainee 2 to the full performance job title. For additional appointment information, see the Appointments tab in the PCO Overview.

Advanced Placement Appointments - For most trainee titles, employees may be able to be appointed directly to the Trainee 2 level or to the full performance title if they meet certain qualifications. This is known as advanced placement and is at the discretion of the hiring agency. View the qualifications for advanced placement, at:

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. For further appointment information, see the Appointments tab in the PCO Overview.

To Apply

To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 22, 2017, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2017, and take the PCO written test in April of 2017. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: