Scientist I - IV
The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) the state public and environmental health lab, our employees are adaptable and work with integrity to provide quality testing in a collaborative scientific environment. Our fast-paced and innovative environment will allow you to enhance your skills by working side-by-side with leading professionals providing immediately impactful results to the Commonwealth of Virginia. If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and you seek to join an organization whose mission is to promote a healthier, safer world through quality laboratory service, consider joining the dedicated staff of DCLS.
The Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Scientist in the Immunology/Virology (IV) laboratory. The selected candidate will execute a variety of serological methodologies for identification of antibodies to infectious agents as well as virus isolation and identification of viral antigens, including influenza and rabies viruses. This position also provides blood group typing and atypical antibody testing for pregnant mothers. Testing methodologies include virus isolation and antigen identification by direct and indirect fluorescence antibody (DFA & IFA) assays. Serological assays include Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs), Microsphere Immunoassays (MIAs), agglutination assays and other Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) techniques. The selected candidate is responsible for testing to support infectious disease investigations of public health significance, conducted by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) including SARS CoV-2 high throughput PCR testing, SARS CoV-2 serology testing as well as assistance with other COVID-19 testing needs. The candidate will be responsible for accessioning and processing human and animal specimens; testing and documentation of analyses performed; preparing and testing reagents, obtaining materials and equipment needed for laboratory procedures; and troubleshooting and/or maintenance of equipment. In addition, duties may include assisting with development and validation of new methods, performing QA/QC procedures, testing in a BSL3 laboratory, and maintaining accurate records.
This position is required to work a rotating on-call schedule as part of the DCLS rabies testing team.
The rabies vaccine is required and offered by the employer. In addition, a rabies titer must be obtained prior to starting a rotation in the rabies laboratory.