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Toxicology Team Lead

Pathology Watch

Pathology Watch

Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities and Position Qualifications:

Position Summary:

SRL is the national reference laboratory for Sonic Healthcare USA. As part of this esoteric testing lab, our staff gain new experiences with a unique test menu within a culture of quality and innovation, where we focus on lean processes fueled by a belief in empowered continuous improvement. We pride ourselves on a work environment dedicated to mutual respect where trust and team spirit are an integral part of our daily routine.

The Toxicology Team Lead is responsible for performing routine and difficult sample extractions, LCMS analysis using analytical techniques accurately and efficiently following SRL procedures. Additionally, the Toxicology Team Lead is competent in a specific area of technical expertise, such as LC-MS/MS and trains and guides scientists within the department. The Toxicology Team Lead is responsible for overall operation of the department in the absence of the department supervisor or manager.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assists in general orientation and training & competency assessment of toxicology employees
  • Assists supervisor or manager in scheduling staff for day to day work assignments
  • Assists department staff with troubleshooting of test systems and determine appropriate action
  • Independently identifies problems which may adversely affect toxicology test results and notify management
  • Oversee operations toxicology testing in the absence of the department supervisor or manager
  • Manages toxicology inventory (including calibrators and QCs)
  • Strives to ensure TAT is met for toxicology testing
  • Properly communicates changes in testing or responsibilities to staff
  • Communicates delays in testing to management as appropriate
  • Performs final review of drug monitoring testing results.
  • Routinely monitors toxicology pending’s
  • Coordinate instrument to instrument comparisons
  • Assists with reagent lot comparison and QC mean analysis
  • Prepares non-critical solutions (mobiles phases and buffers)
  • Prepares critical solutions (analyte containing) and QCs
  • Performs automated and routine liquid-liquid extractions, supported liquid extractions and SPE extractions or dilute and shoot extractions
  • Works independently to plan and conduct laboratory work
  • Documents promptly and clearly all procedural processes
  • Perform basic maintenance and setup of LC-MS/MS or HPLC instruments
  • Monitors assays on LC-MS/MS instruments of HPLC instruments
  • Processes and conducts data analysis and reporting of clinical tests on LC-MS/MS and/or HPLC
  • Ability to apply basic and intermediate troubleshooting skills of instrumentation
  • Help maintain lab by cleaning glassware, taking out biohazard bins, and maintenance of small equipment
  • Assist with filing of paperwork associated with daily production runs
  • Assist with maintaining laboratory inventory

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree in a scientific field
  • 3+ year of laboratory experience preferred
  • 3+ years of extraction experience
  • 3+ years of LC-MS/MS experience
  • 3+ years Toxicology Specific Experience

Licensure and Certifications:

  • None required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to communicate effectively will colleagues, Supervisor and Manager
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Must be able to work with frequent interruption and fluctuations in workload
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to perform basic and intermediate calculations as needed
  • Ability to follow and implement policies and SOP
  • Ability to understand chromatography on LC-MS/MS and HPLC instrument platforms

Physical Requirements:

This position requires some lifting, up to 50 lbs. Frequently carrying objects up to 10 lbs. This position also requires some pushing, pulling, stooping, kneeling, bending, and sitting for extended periods. Frequent repetitive hand and arm movement, eye-hand-foot coordination, manual dexterity, finger dexterity, balance, depth perception, hearing acuity, color vision, and near and far vision acuity are also required.

Work Conditions:

Indoor temperature controlled environment with occasional exposure to biological and chemical hazards.

Hazards: Exposure to toxic/caustic/chemicals/detergents. Exposure to moving mechanical parts. Exposure to communicable diseases. Exposure to blood borne pathogens. Gaseous exposure risk. All safety equipment and personal protective equipment is provided.

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


Work Shift:

1st Shift (United States of America)

Job Category:

Laboratory Operations


Sonic Reference Laboratory, Inc

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