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The Senior Laboratory Scientist is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations of high complexity laboratory testing programs. These programs involve chemical and/or biological

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Occasional travel may be required.

Typical Functions:

With minimal oversight, develops statistically validated laboratory procedures for quantitative analysis of target analytes. Develops instrument control methods using these procedures for high-throughput, automated analytical sequences and trains others in their implementation. Reports status of laboratory operations to division administrators. Maintains laboratory instrumentation and serves as contact point for manufacturer service calls. Assistsprogram participants in writing federal research grant proposals and monitoring and approving grant activities and expenditures. Initiating purchase of capital equipment by writing and reviewing vendor quotations and submitting purchase orders. Attendsregional and national scientific conferences and presentsfindings; preparesand deliversseminars and lectures. Preparesand submitsreports 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 impact of chemical contaminants on the environment. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Ability to design and implement environmental studies. Ability to perform specialized qualitative and quantitative analysis, conduct research, and collect data. Ability to design experimental protocols and formulate data quality objectives and sampling plans. Ability to adapt published procedures and optimize analytical figures of merit. Ability to write descriptive results of analysis. Ability to supervise a subordinate professional and administrative support staff. Ability to interpret safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to analyze and interpret business manuals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to analyze and interpret scientific/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:

A doctoral degree in a laboratory science such as chemistry or microbiology; plusthreeyears of progressively more responsible experience in analytical chemistry, microbiology or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB-RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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