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ADH SENIOR SCIENTIST

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Senior Scientist is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations of several Public Health Laboratory units or overseeing

Class Code:

B001N

Job Grade:

GS15

Special Job Requirements:

0

Typical Functions:

May report status of laboratory operations to supervisor and other Division of Health administrators. May report status of applied and analytical epidemiology or other public health programs to supervisor and other Division of Health administrators. May mentor master degree (MPH, MS) level public health scientists, such as epidemiologists, and provide opportunities for their continued education. May manage bioterrorism preparedness laboratory functions for the Public Health Laboratory. May assist program participants in writing federal research grant proposals and monitoring and approving grant activities and expenditures. Attends regional and national scientific conferences and presents findings. Prepares and delivers seminars and lectures. Prepares and submits reports to granting and regulatory agencies. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of methods and techniques of scientific research and data collection and analysis. Knowledge of statistical methods and formulas. Knowledge of epidemic identification and control. Knowledge of impact of chemical contaminants on human life and the environment. Knowledge of laws and regulations governing communicable diseases. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Knowledge of state and federal legislation, rules, regulations, policies and procedures regarding laboratory work and healthcare practices. Ability to design and implement environmental and epidemiological studies. Ability to perform specialized qualitative and quantitative analysis, conduct research, and collect data. Ability to write descriptive results of analysis. Ability to assess disease control problems and develop solutions. Ability to supervise a subordinate professional and administrative support staff. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to read and interpret safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret business manuals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to prepare and/or present oral and written communications that pertain to controversial and complex topics.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a doctoral degree in microbiology; plus five years of progressively more responsible experience in microbiology or a related field. OR The formal education equivalent of a doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or a related field; plus five years of progressively more responsible experience in epidemiology or a related field.

Required Certificates:

Must possess Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Certification and successfully pass U.S. Department of Justice security clearance.

Exempt:

E
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