Laboratory Technician

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Posting title
Laboratory Technician

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen
Some travel may be required
Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
Some travel may be required.    
Labor Category: Laboratory Technician 2

Columbus Technologies and Services Inc. is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Columbus offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world. We are currently seeking Laboratory Technician to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term position which offers:
- Competitive salary
- Tremendous growth opportunity
- Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
- Learn more about what Columbus can do for you at

Job Description:
The contractor shall:
• Work with the Chemical Laboratory Safety Team Lead in support of TAB safety objectives.
• Conduct assessments of research processes being used in laboratories; document these locations and processes using Microsoft Office or similar programs.
• Conduct routine laboratory safety surveys of laboratories that are not registered for pathogen or recombinant materials research; conduct surveys annually using a standard check-list provided by DOHS; review available documentation regarding the labs prior to conducting the surveys; enter safety survey findings into an online database maintained by DOHS.
• Compile inventories of laboratory equipment and processes used in the non-registered laboratories; identify locations where standard operating procedures (SOPS) or risk assessments have not been performed.
• Identify personnel that work in unregistered laboratories and determine the safety training status of the personnel.
• Identify equipment or processes that may be sources of ionizing radiation.
• Identify equipment that may contain radioactive sources or produce ionizing radiation; examples include X-ray diffraction, Analytical X-ray equipment, gas chromatographs, and Liquid Scintillation Counters; the NIH Division of Radiation Safety will provide a list of common equipment that may contain radioactive sources.
• Identify locations that have an elevated likelihood of having unregistered radioactive materials; examples include spaces without radiation signage on the door, but indicators of possible radioactive materials in the lab such as tape reading “Caution Radioactive Material”.
• Inspect and report sample inventories to identify long-term storage or forgotten radioactive material repositories.
• Conduct investigations associated with chemical injuries and incidents; perform surveys and interviews to identify contributing factors and root causes of the incidents; make recommendations for preventing recurrence of the incidents.
• Conduct follow-up reviews of the incidents to determine if corrective actions were adequately taken; document findings, recommendations, and follow-up information in an online database.
• Work with staff and management to compile/analyze data and identify accident/injury trends and assist in the preparation of reports; initiate investigations within 5 working days of assignment; complete and close out investigations within 30 calendar days.
• Develop “Lessons Learned” documents for chemical incidents and near-misses.  “Lessons Learned” will be used to improve researcher awareness of laboratory incidents.
• Respond to calls and inquiries, regarding safety concerns, from the NIH community; provide technical support and guidance in resolving safety issues and consult with SOSB safety specialists to help resolve complex problems or problems posing an immediate hazard to lab staff or the NIH community; maintain an electronic database of all call and inquiry responses.
• Provide summaries of safety deficiencies and injury investigation findings to the appropriate TAB staff responsible for the assigned laboratory; provide reports at least quarterly to allow the TAB staff to communicate findings to the IC safety committees.
• Conduct chemical inventories as requested. Identify Particularly Hazardous Substances (PHSs) as identified in the NIH Chemical Hygiene Program.
• Evaluate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), safety plans, and training records to determine their adequacy for meeting regulatory and policy compliance.
• Distribute DOHS educational and outreach materials to laboratories as part of routine safety surveys.
• Where appropriate, act as a Liaison with Institute/Center staff.

Required Skills:
• Must be a US Citizen
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
- The contractor must have:
• Bachelor’s’ degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related discipline.
• Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a chemistry, biochemistry, or equivalent laboratory.
• The ability to implement, with the assistance of TAB personnel, new and/or established analytical techniques to evaluate survey and investigation data.
• Basic knowledge of radioactive sources is preferred.
• A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook) and other data management programs.
• Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
• Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.
• Within 30 calendar days of assignment to DOHS,  the CLST shall complete the required NIH safety and research integrity coursework/training as mandated for all scientific staff working in NIH facilities:
o Introduction to Laboratory Safety
o Protection of Human Research Subjects
o OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
• The CLST  must complete required online training within 30 calendar days of assignment to DOHS:
o NIH Computer Security Awareness Training
o NIH Anti-Harassment Training
o Disability Awareness Training
• The CLST must complete required annual or bi-annual online training, per NIH guidelines, for:
o NIH Computer Security Awareness Training
o NIH Anti-Harassment Training
o Disability Awareness Training

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