General Definition

Allocating Factors:

(The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)

Typical Examples Of Work (Illustrative Only)

GENERAL

ALL SPECIALTIES AND ASSIGNMENTS

FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY ASSIGNMENT

  • Retrieves autopsy specimens from the morgue on a daily basis; logs in and labels samples; organizes specimens for short and log term storage; organizes, stores and disposes of specimens according to biohazard safety practices; performs simple wet chemistry testing following standardized procedures; prepares a wide variety of chemical solutions, reagents and buffers for laboratory testing use; performs extractions of drugs and other substances from blood samples; conducts immunoassay testing, including preparing samples, calibrating and operating computer driven instrumentation for immunoassay testing
  • Operates a gas chromatograph and reviews results collected; troubleshoots and maintains gas chromatograph; prepares samples for DNA paternity testing; prepares fluoridated blood specimen and brain jars for City morgue; may prepare samples for further analysis following standardized procedures; maintains appropriate records and documents all procedures to assure proper chain of custody for specimens and samples; arranges the transfer of samples to outside laboratories for additional tests.
  • Maintains Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) while working with hazardous or toxic solutions or specimens; follows all applicable written laboratory procedures and may participate in the creation and validation of new procedures.

  • Required Knowledge, Skills And Abilities

    Knowledge Of:

    Skill In:

    Ability To:


    Minimum Acceptable Training And Experience

    (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 10/11.)

    WATER SPECIALTY

    Education

    Experience

    Education

    Experience

    OR

    GENERAL SPECIALTY

    Education

    * Qualifying scientific and medical fields include:

    Medical Laboratory Technician Studies, Biology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry or a closely related field.
    NOTE:
    Selective Factor Certification may be utilized, as needed, to fill specific positions. In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 11.032 - Selective Factor Certification - the appointing authority may request certification of eligible candidates with one or more of the required degrees to fill specific positions in this class. Certification to fill such positions will be made from of the two highest ranking eligible candidates on the eligible list who possess the specified degree.
    Physical And Medical Requirements
    1. Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
    Licenses, Registrations And/Or Certificates
    1. Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Science Technician if required by work assignment.

    PAY RANGE:

    14

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