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Research Scientist 2

Company: Minnesota Department of Health
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

Job Details

Working Title: Research Scientist 2
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
  • Date Posted: 03/29/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/12/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Health Department / Health-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory / PHL NBS Lab Supv 2
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $30.55 - $45.02 / hourly; $63,788 - $94,001 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Telework Eligible: No
  • 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 promote and protect the health of all Minnesotans.

    This Research Scientist 2 po sition researches, develops, validates, verifies, and implement biochemical and molecular methods to screen for congenital and heritable disorders in newborn babies. Using dried blood spot specimens, design and improve assays using complex molecular tools and other advanced technologies for efficient and accurate detection of newborn screening disorders. The position improves and adds testing for existing and new disorders on Minnesota's testing panel in order to provide early identification of infants that are at risk of rare but serious health conditions. Quality control and quality assurance measures are incorporated into the testing and monitoring of testing performance. Statistics are applied for determination of normal and abnormal result ranges, and evaluating testing performance. The position also assists with core laboratory, molecular testing, and data interpretation in the CLIA certified newborn screening laboratory.

    This position requires working one Saturdays per month in exchange for a day off during the week. This position also requires working some holidays.

    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 Newborn Screening laboratory experience.
    • Bachelor's degree in clinical chemistry, biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, genetics and cell biology, or a related science.
      Preferred Qualifications
      • Experience with research and development in a clinical or research lab.
      • Ability to contribute to research plans for grant applications and progress reports.
      • Validation and verification of new tests and instruments.
      • Clear and effective written and verbal communication.
      • Good judgment, integrity, diplomacy, critical thinking, and problem solving.
      • Population based high throughput testing and molecular data interpretation.
      • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
      • Quality control interpretation and calculating statistics such as false positive rate, positive predictive value, etc.
      • Operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of complex laboratory instruments.
      • Computer based management of laboratory analyses, LIMS, databases, and electronic reporting.
      • CLIA or CAP licensure compliance and application of quality assurance/quality control principals and systems.
        Additional Requirements

        CLIA Education Requirements are a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter college credits that includes either: 1) 24 semester/36 quarter credits in medical laboratory technology; or 2) 24 semester/36 quarter credits of science courses that includes six semester/nine quarter credits in chemistry; six semester/nine quarter credits in biology; and twelve semester/eighteen quarter hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of course completion at time of interview.

        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.

Keywords: Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul , Research Scientist 2, Other , Saint Paul, Minnesota

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