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$ 19.72-$ 28.92 hourly, $ 41,175-$ 60,385 annually

Date Posted:   07/16/2013
Closing Date:   07/25/2013
Working Title:   Newborn Screening Analyst
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   PHL/Newborn Screening
Location:   Public Health Laboratory
Who May Apply:   Open only to current employees in this agency
Posting Number:   13HEAL000275
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   Environmental Sciences
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This position is located in the Public Health Laboratory/Newborn Screening Laboratory at the Minnesota Department of Health. This position requires working occasional Saturdays and holidays to provide newborn screening.

This is a professional lead newborn screening analyst. The Newborn Screening Program screens dried blood spot specimens from all newborns in Minnesota for heritable and congenital disorders. The screening program provides timely, efficient laboratory screening to prevent or minimize the long-term effects of disorders that can lead to death, developmental disability, or other serious medical conditions in newborns.

Responsibilities include:
Perform routine dried blood spot preparation and laboratory analysis for congenital and heritable disorders in accordance with the Clinical Lab Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) principles and practices, and laboratory standard operating procedures. Work in a team environment and lead the work of others.

Analyze screening data and interpret infant specimen results using established standard operating procedures, knowledge, and judgement gained from newborn screening experience. Apply quality control protocols to determine accuracy, acceptability and quality of the data. Process electronic data from laboratory instruments and report screening results in the laboratory information management system (LIMS) and to other program personnel through Quickr collaborative software. Perform a high level review of abnormal screening test results prior to reporting.

Maintain laboratory instrumentation and equipment; assess reagent, consumable, and assay kit inventories; order supplies; and perform standard instrument calibrations using laboratory standard operating procedures.

Research, develop and implement new testing procedures and instrumentation for additional disorders added to the screening panel. Initiate and carry out projects to improve laboratory operations using recommendations from other staff and observations based on own laboratory experience.

Troubleshoot and communicate instrument repair needs, assay problems and data issues to the laboratory supervisor. Investigate laboratory problems and document the issues and corrective action plans.

Conduct competency assessments and train less experienced analysts to assure accurate data and instrument maintenance using own expertise and experience. Coordinate the laboratory's participation in CDC's Newborn Screening and Quality Assurance Program (NSQAP).

Perform other duties related to this position as assigned. Increase job knowledge and familiarity with infant diseases detectable by screening to continuously improve the quality of the Newborn Screening Program.
Minimum Qualifications:   Bachelor?s degree in a chemical, biological, physical, or clinical laboratory science, medical technology, or a related field;
Three years of professional laboratory experience testing newborn dried blood spot specimens for heritable and congenital disorders.

A Master?s degree in one of the above will count as one year of professional experience.

Applicants must have a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter college hours that includes either:
1) 24 semester/36 quarter hours in medical laboratory technology; or
2) 24 semester/36 quarter hours of science courses that includes a) six semester/nine quarter hours in chemistry; b) six semester/nine quarter hours in biology; and c) 12 semester/18 quarter hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination. Applicants must provide evidence of course completion prior to employment.

Applicants must successfully pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:   Knowledge of chemical, biochemical, molecular biology, and/or clinical laboratory procedures and the ability to share expertise with less experienced analysts.

Knowledge of college mathematics, algebra and practical statistics and the ability to apply them to high complexity measurement techniques.

Knowledge of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) principles and practices.

Ability to follow complex oral and written directions and to use formulas and charts.

Advanced verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Good time management and multi-tasking skills.

Ability to operate, maintain and troubleshoot sophisticated PC-based analytical instrumentation.

Technical skills and familiarity with laboratory information management systems (LIMs).

Ability to design, carry out and coordinate projects and laboratory work in newborn screening.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation.

Certain Disabled Veterans ? Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This position is open for bids and for current Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) employees simultaneously. This vacancy will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions. Current employees of the Minnesota Department of Health who are currently in a Environmental Analyst 3 - Newborn Screening position and who are eligible to bid will be considered prior to filling the position via other means.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#13HEAL000275) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#13HEAL000275) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Amy Hietala, 651-201-5455/