University Classification: Clinical Lab Analyst
Job Code: PHA1
Pay Level: 3A
Position #: 00012946
Org/Dept/Sub-dept #: 90-9050-00020
Position Reports to: Ken Coursey
Position #00222469

Position Specific Summary:

The State Hygienic Laboratory (Iowa’s Environmental and Public Health Laboratory), at the University of Iowa, under contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health, has an exciting full-time opportunity for a newborn screening laboratory analyst in the Ankeny, IA facility. The primary function of the position is to perform biochemical and genetic testing of blood specimens collected from newborns for detection of inherited disorders.

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks

Key Areas of Responsibilities

Specific Job Duties and Tasks

Technical Laboratory Capability

· Meet CLIA qualifications for High Complexity testing.

· Demonstrate knowledge of and perform newborn screening laboratory testing according to standard laboratory procedures (SOP) and policies.

· Will work independently; train others; attain ability and knowledge to suggest modifications or adaptations to established methods; recommend process improvements; verify new tests and revise procedures.

· Conduct newborn screening testing on blood spot specimens to help identify infants at risk for an inherited condition. Methods include immunoassay, enzyme assay, electrophoresis, HPLC, tandem mass spectrometry, and molecular methods.

Instrumentation and Technology

· Perform daily operation and routine maintenance, calibration, and assist in troubleshooting of laboratory instruments and equipment.

Data Analysis, Reporting and Documentation

· Document and review newborn screening test data, procedures, and results.

· Release data and reports for use by physicians, health care professionals, and newborn screening medical follow-up staff.

· Prepare and maintain standard operating procedures and prepare documentation for test verification or validation studies.

Quality Control / Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement / Quality Assessment

· Perform quality control and quality assurance procedures in accordance with established standard operating procedures and policies.

· Recognize basic problems and assist troubleshooting of laboratory method and performance problems.

· Assemble quality control data for further analysis; recognize problems; document issues; perform root cause analysis; and initiate corrective actions.

Outreach and Communication

· Interact with coworkers and external partners in a courteous and respectful manner.

· Communicate test results to physicians, health care professionals, and newborn screening medical follow-up staff with precision and clarity.

· Consult and interact with external and internal partners regarding test methods and results; communicate with health care professionals about proper collection of the newborn screen specimen; assist in the creation and design of outreach materials.

· May provide presentations.

Financial Responsibility

· Initiate purchasing requests for supplies, equipment, etc.

Other duties as assigned.


Universal Competencies

Collaboration/Positive Impact

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner and utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and respectful manner while appreciating the unique contribution of an inclusive workforce that brings together the talents of people across multiple identities, including: race, creed, color, religion, national origins, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus

Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.


Technical Competencies

Clinical Laboratory Testing


· Participates in collecting and processing specimens (e.g. blood) according to test requests.

· Operates laboratory equipment required to examine clinical specimens.

· Produces reports based on laboratory test results to help in further diagnosis.

· Adheres to relevant policies and ethics for clinical laboratory testing.

· Discusses major factors that can affect the accuracy of laboratory test results.

Laboratory Equipment Operation


· Operates and calibrates laboratory equipment.

· Examines equipment to detect signs of disrepair.

· Helps others understand laboratory equipment safety and operating policies and procedures.

· Documents defective equipment and reports it to an appropriate supervisor.

· Utilizes quality control techniques to monitor and maintain laboratory equipment.

Laboratory Practice Quality Assurance (LPQA)


· Examines laboratory sample collection, handling and analyzation procedures.

· Operates quality testing equipment and verifies collected data.

· Adheres to related guidelines, regulations, standards and safety procedures in the LPQA process.

· Handles actual or potential problems that affect the analytical results of an LPQA program.

· Assesses laboratory equipment calibration and maintenance at various LPQA stages.

Laboratory Results Reporting


· Selects from a variety of LRR technologies, e.g. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

· Analyzes information exchange related problems (e.g. confidentiality and accuracy) in LRR.

· Follows LRR policies and ethics, e.g. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

· Explains how LRR supports the interoperability between health records and laboratory systems.

· Creates secure access to laboratory results and their interpretations in a patient-focused manner.

 As part of performing the key areas of responsibility and competencies described above, staff members are expected to meet reasonable standards of work quality and quantity, as well as expectations for attendance established by their supervisor. Staff members are also expected to comply with policies governing employee responsibilities and conduct, including those contained in the University Operations Manual.


Proficiency levels are defined as:

Basic Application - Uses basic understanding of the field to perform job duties; may need some guidance on job duties; applies learning to recommend options to address unusual situations.

Working Experience - Successfully completes diverse tasks of the job; applies and enhances knowledge and skill in both usual and unusual issues; needs minimal guidance in addressing unusual situations.

Extensive Experience - Performs without assistance; recognized as a resource to others; able to translate complex nuances to others; able to improve processes; focus on broad issues.

Expert/Leader - Seen as an expert and/or leader; guides, troubleshoots; has strategic focus; applies knowledge and skill across or in leading multiple projects/orgs; demonstrates knowledge of trends in field; leads in developing new processes.


Position Qualifications

NOTE: Education OR experience may be increased or decreased by one level for most positions.

Education or Equivalency Required

Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Genetics, or other related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Qualification

· Candidates must meet Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) qualifications for high complexity testing.

· Working level proficiency for interpersonal, written and technical communication.

· Six months to one year related public health laboratory experience.

Desirable Qualification

· Six months to one year related Newborn Screening (NBS) laboratory experience.

· Basic experience with immunoassay, mass spectrometry, and molecular biology techniques.

· Completion of human genetics college course work

· Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) experience.

See requisition # 19003979 at within Research / Scientific

Applicable background checks will be conducted.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.