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TENTATIVE

  Occ. Code 6165030

 

LABORATORY SPECIALIST 1, GRADE 18

6165030

LABORATORY SPECIALIST 2 (BIOLOGY), GRADE 23

6165042

LABORATORY SPECIALIST 2 (CHEMISTRY), GRADE 23

6165043

LABORATORY SPECIALIST 3, GRADE 27

6165050

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

          Positions in this title series perform a wide range of laboratory sampling, testing, data collection, and analysis activities to advance scientific research and development in specialized fields.  Incumbents use a variety of laboratory techniques and equipment; coordinate laboratory testing and research activities; and/or direct specialized laboratory programs. 

 

          These positions are classified at the Department of Health (DOH), Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research. 

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 1: full performance level; performs laboratory sampling, testing, data collection, and/or analysis activities under the direction of a higher level Laboratory Specialist or Research Scientist. 

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 2 (PARENTHETICS ONLY): first supervisory level; supervises and oversees the activities performed by Laboratory Specialists 1 and other subordinate laboratory staff in specific laboratory program areas. 

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 3: second supervisory level; oversees and directs the activities of a clinical, environmental, research, and/or reference laboratory or regulatory unit.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

Research Scientists perform research involved in the formulation, conduct, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of scientific investigations of phenomena or problems in the medical, biological, and behavioral sciences. 

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 1

 

Assists in the scientific examination of specimens or samples using a variety of laboratory techniques.

 

·       Performs scientific examinations of body fluids and tissues to identify pathogenic microorganisms.

 

·       Isolates, identifies, and quantifies infectious agents and chemical constituents.

 

·       Injects, bleeds, performs autopsies on, and breeds laboratory animals.

 

·       Operates laboratory equipment, nuclear measuring instrumentation, electronic data processing, and computer equipment.

 

·       Calibrates instrumentation to establish and demonstrate experimental conditions. 

 

·       Performs statistical analysis of laboratory data.

 

·       Produces and standardizes media, diagnostic reagents, and biological products used for testing and research.

 

Communicates test results, prepares written documentation of testing procedures and observations, and assists with the preparation of reports and scientific publications. 

 

Provides technical assistance and support to physicians, private laboratories, other health agencies, and the scientific community to advance research and development in a variety of specialized areas. 

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 2

 

May perform the same duties as a Laboratory Specialist 1.  

 

Supervises Laboratory Specialists 1 and other subordinate staff; determines and oversees staff assignments; evaluates staff performance; monitors time and attendance; identifies training needs and arranges for the provision of training.

 

Reviews and analyzes clinical histories of specimens and related reports of test results.

 

Develops analytical methods to advance scientific knowledge and investigation.

 

Plans and manages the production and standardization of new reagents and chemicals.

 

Provides remediation and training to laboratories licensed by DOH that have been determined to be deficient in their performance of clinical, environmental, and/or proficiency testing. 

 

Acts as a technical consultant and liaison with other laboratories and agencies; and collaborates with colleagues in other branches of science. 

 

Coordinates the installation and operation of specialized scientific equipment; and develops or implements new technologies and techniques to address identified needs and/or requirements to keep current. 

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 2 (BIOLOGY)

 

Oversees and directs the analysis of environmental and clinical specimens to isolate and identify infectious agents; the development of diagnostic tests; the production of diagnostic reagents and biological products; the performance of image production and analysis; and/or the performance of genetic analyses for diagnostic and epidemiological efforts.

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 2 (CHEMISTRY)

 

Oversees and directs the analysis of environmental and clinical specimens to identify levels of chemical constituents, samples prepared for use in proficiency testing programs to validate the chemicals present, establish, and/or maintain certification of laboratories by various regulatory entities; and/or the preparation for sampling materials and reagents used in the collection and analysis of specimens.  

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 3

May perform the same duties as a Laboratory Specialist 2.

 

Directs a clinical, environmental, research, and/or reference laboratory or regulatory unit headed by Laboratory Specialists 2.

 

Develops and reviews standard operating procedure manuals.

 

Prepares data and manuscripts for publication; writes reports, proposals, and/or grant applications; and develops scientific presentations.

 

Communicates with the public, regulated health care institutions, and healthcare providers to address and report on specific laboratory testing and regulatory activities.

 

May testify as an expert witness in legal proceedings. 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 1

 

Open-Competitive: bachelors degree in the biological, chemical, environmental, natural or physical sciences, or medical technology; and completion of a two year traineeship.    

 

         


 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 2 (BIOLOGY) or (CHEMISTRY)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service as a Laboratory Specialist 1.

 

          LABORATORY SPECIALIST 3

 

Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service as a Laboratory Specialist 2 (Biology) or Laboratory Specialist 2 (Chemistry).

 

Date:  1/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.