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Research Scientist 2 - Laboratory Information System Administrator

Company: Minnesota Department of Health
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: April 3, 2024

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Job Details

Working Title: Laboratory Information System Administrator
Job Class: Research Scientist 2
Agency: Health Department

  • Who May Apply: Open to all bidders of MDH and all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be accepted through 04/08/2024
  • Date Posted: 04/02/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/16/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Health Department / Health-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory / PHL IDL Staff
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes - Up to 25% of the time
  • Salary Range: $30.55 - $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 - $94,001 / annually
  • Classified Status: Unclassified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • End Date: 02/28/2026
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes
    Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

    The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged, and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

    Job Summary

    Join the mission-driven team at the Public Health Laboratory (PHL) and help promote and protect the health of all Minnesotans.

    This Research Scientist 2 position will assist the Health Informatics Unit of the Infectious Disease Laboratory (IDL) in the planning, development, and implementation of a new laboratory information system (LIS). The successful candidate will play a key role in understanding organizational structure, policies, and laboratory operations to recommend effective IT solutions, ensuring the success of projects and the achievement of overarching section and division goals. This position will work with MDH, MN.IT, laboratory staff and (LIS) vendors to identify agency needs for informatics, reporting, HL7 messaging, and data analysis. This position may be eligible for remote work, based on the needs of the section.

    All positions within the MDH Public Health Lab will work to cultivate an inclusive work environment for all, with respect to diversity and equity.


    Minimum Qualifications

    To facilitate proper years of service crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

    • Three (3) years of experience in performing database system management, business analysis, or health informatics functions.

      Previous experience below is required to be considered a candidate and will be assessed during the interview process:
      • Knowledge of laboratory information systems, healthcare information systems, electronic healthcare reporting, and/or health data standards. (e.g. LOINC, SNOMED, electronic case reporting, electronic laboratory reporting, etc.).
      • Experience managing projects, including analyzing, gathering, and communicating business/system requirements and creating related written project documentation.
      • Ability to clearly communicate complex information to users in a comprehensive style and translate technical and system information for non-technical partners.
      • Work effectively in a team setting to plan, analyze issues, make decisions, and problem solve.

        A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Health Informatics, Health Services Research, Health Information Sciences, or a related field may substitute for 1 year of experience; Master's for 18 months; Doctorate for 2 years; Associate's degree for 6 months

        Preferred Qualifications
        • Certification in Business Analysis, Data Science, or Health Informatics.
        • Experience with delivering custom developed systems for the business, implementing Custom Off the Shelf (COTS) solutions and or Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for the business.
        • Experience with business process modeling tools.
        • Strong analytical skills with the ability to gather, document, and prioritize requirements.
        • Experience with systems design including conceptualization, design, development, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance.
        • Experience with SQL, R, Python or data visualization.
        • Experience working with a laboratory information system. )
        • Strong attention to detail with a commitment to maintaining data accuracy and integrity.
          Additional Requirements

          This position requires successful completion of a background check.

          Application Details

          How to Apply

          Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

          If you have questions about the position, contact Elizabeth Huckins at or 651-201-5609 .

          To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Elizabeth Huckins at .

          About Health Department

          Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.

          Why Work for Us

          Diverse Workforce

          We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

          A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
          • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
          • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
          • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
          • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
            Comprehensive Benefits

            Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
            • Public pension plan
            • Training and professional development
            • Paid vacation and sick leave
            • 12 paid holidays each year
            • Paid parental leave
            • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
            • Prescription drug coverage
            • Vision coverage
            • Wellness programs and resources
            • Employer paid life insurance
            • Short-term and long-term disability
            • Health care spending and savings accounts
            • Dependent care spending account
            • Tax-deferred compensation
            • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
            • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
              Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


              Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

              We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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