Laboratory scientist (nsawam)

Job Summary

This is the advanced level. The employee may function as a lead worker or senior worker. At this level, employees are responsible for overseeing the work assignments of other professionals or have regular assignments which have been recognized by Civil Service as having significantly greater complexity than those assigned at the experienced level.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description/Requirements


  • Tests and analyses a variety of samples, specimens, products, or materials for chemical composition or presence of specific substances; follows standardized analytical procedures.
  • Employs analytical instrument techniques such as Haematology analyser, Biochemistry analyser, Hormone analyser, etc. to characterize materials and identify samples and specimens;
  • Great knowledge of ultrasound would be advantageous.
  • Develops new instrument methods and carries out qualitative and quantitative analyses.
  • Conducts chemical, biological, and physical tests on materials to determine that standards are met.
  • Devises and adapts technical procedures and modifies equipment, as needed.
  • Keeps informed of new analytical or manufacturing methods.
  • Participates in developing new methods for carrying out biochemical, biological, and chemical analyses.
  • Tests and analyses a variety of food and agricultural products for composition, purity, or the presence of specific substances.
  • Participates in the production and manufacture of biochemical, chemical, biological, and immunological products, such as anti-cancer agents, blood derivatives, antigens, antisera, and vaccines.
  • Conducts experiments seeking biochemical relationships in organically damaged and mentally ill patients.
  • Carries out examinations of portions of human tissues or body fluids for poisons, drugs and alcohol, antibody titers, and infectious agents.\Tests for the presence and type of blood in stains or other specimens.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of general, qualitative, quantitative, organic, physical, and physiological chemistry.
  • Knowledge of the principles of biochemistry.
  • Knowledge of the principles of microbiology.
  • Perform SOP's on a daily basis.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of physics and mathematics.
  • Knowledge of laboratory tests and control techniques.
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques used in the treatment of scientific data.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of analytical instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, and policies related to the work.
  • Knowledge of the analysis of blood and other biologic products.
  • Knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological testing of materials.
  • Knowledge of biochemical, chemical, and physical laboratory tests used in crime detection.
  • Knowledge of appropriate health, safety, and environmental regulations to provide for safe laboratory practices.
  • Knowledge of foods, feeds, fertilizers, economic poisons, and agricultural products.
  • Knowledge of the methods used in the production and testing of biologic products involving the application of biochemical, microbiological, and immunological principles and practices.

Laboratory Scientist (Lead Worker)  

  • Ability to maintain records and conduct correspondence related to the work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Ability to maintain favorable public relations.
  • Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to organize and coordinate the work of others.
  • Ability to set priorities and assign work to other professionals.
  • Working Conditions
  • Some jobs require an employee to work in a laboratory environment with some exposure to noxious fumes and unpleasant noises.
  • Some jobs require an employee to work in an environment that involves some risk of sustaining illness and injury from the use of chemicals, high pressure laboratory systems, biological materials and organisms, and high energy light sources and voltage.
  • Physical Requirements
  • Some jobs require an employee to stand for long periods of time.


  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, forensic science, or a related pure or applied science.

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