Science Director - Forensic Toxicology - Norristown, PA in Norristown, PA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 12/26/2021

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    400 Egypt Road
    Norristown, PA
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Job Description


This incumbent assumes the professional, scientific, consultative, organizational, administrative, and educational responsibilities for the services provided. The Scientific Director provides technical, regulatory and operational oversight to a component department or division of the laboratory. In conjunction with the Operations Director, QA Director, Managers and the Technical Supervisors of the component department(s), the Scientific Director develops a cohesive team to manage the activities of the department(s) and division. The principle duties of the position are to provide technical and regulatory oversight for all areas of Forensic Toxicology. Decisions would affect the financial, employee, or public relations posture of the company. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would result in failure of the overall success of the division or company operations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.   Lab Licensure – Hold all required laboratory licensure, and fulfill required duties of the Laboratory Director

a.     College of American Pathologists – Forensic Drug Testing

b.     Applicable states (e.g. NYDOH, NV)

2.   Assures the continued competency of laboratory personnel by establishing and reviewing a program for training and competency of all personnel including clerical, technical, supervisory, and certifying scientists.

3.   Quality Management

a.     Establishes a Quality Control program to maintain acceptable analytical performance for all controls and standards and to assure proper performance and reporting of all tests results.  This program should also assure and document the validity, reliability, accuracy, precision, and performance characteristics of each test and test system.

b.     Participate in the development and execution of Quality Assurance and Improvement Plans. Evaluate performance with staff and re-define using the external/internal systems/tools available.

4.   Procedures

a.     Establishes the Standard Operating Procedure Manual, which is complete, up-to-date, and available for personnel in the laboratory and followed by those personnel. 

5.     Method Validation

a.     Ensures that the performance specifications for new tests, instruments, and methods introduced to the laboratory have been properly validated or verified prior to being used for testing.

b.     Provide supervision and guidance for annual reverification of methods

6.   Guide and review root cause analysis of non-conformities in laboratory processes ensuring appropriate remedial actions necessary to maintain satisfactory operation and performance of the laboratory, including but not limited to:

a.     Quality control systems not being within performance specifications;

b.     Non-conformities in result reporting;

c.     Non-conformities in proficiency testing results.

7.   Ensures that specimen results are not reported until all corrective actions have been taken and he or she can assure that the test results provided are accurate and reliable.

8.   Reviews and establishes the instrument maintenance program for all instrumentation.

9.   Reviews and implements lab safety procedures to maintain compliance with good laboratory practice, Corporate policies and applicable regulations.

10. Develops long-range organizational objectives, operational business plans, and policies based on detailed knowledge of company and without appreciable direction. Work is reviewed on the basis of long-term impact on the business.

11. Provide consultation about Toxicological significance, interpretation, and correlation of data to direct and indirect customers.

a.     Remain current with relevant scientific literature

b.     Be an industry resource for discussion with internal/external customers

c.     Educate/train the technical staff so they are equipped to discuss with customers

12. Demonstrates competency to provide testimony on laboratory test results in administrative and legal hearings.

13. Demonstrates exceptional scientific creativity and vision.  Develop information which extends knowledge in the industry.

14. Develop, lead and support industry educational programs for the industry and laboratory staff. Participate in programs within the industry (e.g., SOFT, DATIA, SAPAA).

15.  Interacts with Scientific Director peers, Quality and Operations Directors in development of methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects and programs.

Qualifications and Experience:

•         Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science.

•         Board Certification in Clinical Chemistry/Toxicology (ABCC) or Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and eligible for Laboratory Director license highly desired.

•         Minimum 2 years’ experience in forensic toxicology related laboratory work, including Immunoassay, Chromatography (GC, LC), Mass Spectrometry (MS, MS/MS) and sample preparation (e.g. SPE, LLE). 5+ years’ experience in forensic toxicology, toxicology, pain management, and/or drugs of abuse testing preferred.

•         Documented experience/training with the forensic applications of analytical toxicology (court testimony, research, participation in continuing education programs, publications)

•         Knowledge of SAMHSA (NLCP) and CAP regulations that pertain to Forensic Toxicology

•         Demonstrated effective leadership and supervisory experience.

•         Demonstrated flexibility and initiative to effectively lead change efforts to respond to marketplace or organizational changes.

•         Demonstrated fiscal management capabilities including effective expense reduction, utilization, management, and budget control.

•         Demonstrated knowledge of current technical, quality control, and quality assurance procedures and laboratory information systems.

•         Experience in teaching, as well as involvement in professional activities.

All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity or Citizenship.