Title: Environmental Analyst III, Regulatory and Translational Scientist – Bureau of Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology Program
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Environmental Analyst III serves as a Senior Scientist in the Bureau of Environmental Health’s Environmental Toxicology Program. Under the supervision of the Regulatory and Translational Science Unit Chief and the direction of the Environmental Toxicology Program Director, this individual will be responsible for ensuring that quality systems (consistent with ISO/IEC 17025) are implemented in laboratories registering with, or providing services to the Commonwealth. The private testing services may include the laboratory analyses of cannabis or various environmental media.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, reviewing of laboratory standard operating procedures; providing technical assistance to private and government laboratories (or consultants) in meeting established testing standards, scheduling, planning and conducting laboratory visits; notifying lab(s) of pending visits, audits or inspections; publishing reports; communicating visit/audit/inspection outcomes to supervisors and senior leadership; reviewing responses; closing audits; and following up on corrective action.
The individual will also assist in marijuana product surveillance activities and the interpretation and translation of technical analytical toxicology data. The incumbent will assist in preparing draft responses to technical inquiries from analytical testing laboratories, industry representatives, and consumers. The Environmental Analyst III will provide technical consultation on reports of environmental contaminants in cannabis or environmental media. This position requires occasional travel to laboratories but is not a laboratory-based or “bench” position as this individual will not be performing day-to-day functions in a laboratory setting. The individual may also represent the Environmental Toxicology Program at related meetings, as requested. Travel to various locations in Massachusetts in support of the above mentioned responsibilities may be required, and occasional travel to evening meetings or overnight travel may be necessary
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Evaluates complex environmental chemical, microscopic, cultural, biochemical and immunologic data packages that identify bacteria of clinical and public health importance.
- Participates in the formulation, development, and implementation of new procedures and policies; collaborates with other groups and departments, including various local, state and federal agencies.
- Supervises, plans, and coordinates the work of analysts assigned to the Environmental Toxicology Program.
- Participates in activities of the Environmental Toxicology program relating to interpretation of analytical laboratory testing.
- Serves as a technical liaison with private laboratories and vendors working with the private laboratories.
- Develops and maintains a computer-based program to track testing data.
- Oversees the development and implementation of new laboratory procedures or practices, and recommends changes as appropriate.
- Analyze quality control data and recommend operational strategies for dealing with compliance and enforcement to protect public health.
- Participates in the development and implementation of enhancements to the laboratory information system.
- Determines enforcement action and corrective measures to be taken when violations of policy or regulations are discovered.
- Advises legal staff on technical matters.
- Inspects consultant work tasks.
- Trains staff, and reviews and evaluates staff performance.
- Reviews testing for accuracy and timeliness.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental science and public health.
- Knowledge of the principles and practice of probability and statistics.
- Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in environmental science and public health.
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of toxicology including risk analysis.
- Knowledge of the types and uses of toxicological testing techniques and procedures.
- Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of carcinogens, mutagens, teratogens and other toxicological agents.
- Knowledge of the types and uses of instruments and equipment, both portable and stationary, used in environmental testing.
- Knowledge of the environmental properties of contaminants including the transmissivity, bacteriological activity.
- Knowledge of the methods of environmental testing including chemical content, and trace metals analysis.
- Knowledge of the entry and fate of toxicants in the human body.
- Ability to prepare technical and general reports.
- Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in a logical sequence.
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of environmental science data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
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