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IT Specialist LIMS

Washington, DC

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Information Technology Specialist (LIMS)
Career Service Appointment – 1 year Probation (Nonunion)
Salary Range – $83,481 - $107,556 Annually
Security Sensitive
Closes August 18, 2018
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Job Summary
This position is located in the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (DFS). The mission of the DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.
DFS is a data-driven agency with multiple data systems that are leveraged for accurate reporting and management processes, which requires 1Tstaff for all aspects of developing, implementing, and managing technology initiatives. The incumbent, as part of the IT department, helps promote innovations and improvements to all aspects of technology to enhance the effectiveness of DFS processes and to position DFS as a national leader in technology.
Serves as an expert in planning and coordinating the process of executing, testing, and maintaining the software and hardware for the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); as well as training Lab Managers and scientists in the use of the system.
Proactively monitors project activities, builds contingency plans, executes corrective actions. (troubleshooting), monitors issue resolution and performs and/or facilitates configuration changes to the LIMS software application. Work in collaboration with vendor SME's and the implementation Program Manager ensuring the successful initial system implementation.
Provides advice and serves as liaison with DFS units Forensic Biology Unit, Firearms and Tool Mark Examination Unit, Latent Fingerprint Unit, Materials Science Unit, as well as the Evidence Intake and Crime Scene Sciences.
Establishes priorities for LIMS requirements, coordinates the needs of functional users/units and gathers specific information from the users to develop system designs for implementation and/or make changes for new reporting systems or enhancements.
Responsible for technical lead role to support software validations; assists in populating application configuration and data tables, including migration of some historical data; and assists in testing, quality assurance, and updating LIMS software products, new releases, fixes, and maintenance.
This involves being responsible for LIMS documentation, including, converting user requirement specifications to a detail design specification, and writing configurations Test Plans and summary reports.
Proactively evaluates project activities, builds contingency plans, executes corrective action, and monitors issue resolution; and performs and/or facilitates configuration changes to the LIMS software application. Uses workload tracking to reduce turnaround time & case backlogs; makes sure high priority work is never missed .Leverages and integrates evidence tracking, analytical results and lab management information to maintain a clear view of each lab and every case in it; and makes custom workflows for each discipline within the laboratories.
Monitors system background processes on multiple LIMS platforms, tests batch templates; participates in testing to validate newly established or updated instrument interface or assay addition, testing and implementation of instrument interfaces; and assists with all aspects of laboratory instrument set-up, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Provide daily support for LIMS users and ensures that project team members complete tasks and deliverables on time. Controls, audits & reports on all user access to forensic information.
Assists in writing technical Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and work instructions as required by the laboratories and users and provides daily support; and responsible for administration of LIMS supporting laboratory operations of multiple functions as well as responsibility for technical lead role to support software validations.
Translates DFS requirements to create software components to meet the business needs of the laboratory systems Serve as a Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) Administrator and other LIMS-related functions and receives internal user requests (helpdesk calls) and determines validity of request and best way to accomplish resolution.
Understands the needs of the operation processes and proactively suggests solutions, gains support and implements the solutions.
Prepares test scripts and test software components against business requirements and troubleshoots and resolves problems in the laboratory system as they occur.
Performs other related duties assigned.
Qualifications and Education
Work experience with Forensic Laboratories and with Laboratory Information Management Systems in a Forensic setting is preferred.
Completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, which includes or is supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: business administration, science, or Information Technology.
Must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 12 level or above.
Specialized experience is experience that is related to the knowledge, skills and abilities associated with this occupation, e.g., knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of Enterprise level software design, development, and management: including, but not limited to; program management, application development, database design and development, report writing, systems evaluation and testing, systems documentation, and user requirements gathering.
Other Significant Factors
Licensures, Certifications and other requirements This position’s duty station will be housed within the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) which is a protection-sensitive facility. As such, incumbents of this position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable.
Due to the technician’s presence in forensic casework laboratories, the applicant will be required to submit a buccal swab for the purposes of the DNA Quality Control database for the DFS.
The nature of the DFS mission necessarily involves the potential risks associated with biological or chemical hazards, including morgue functions. Although contact with these functions is intended to be minimal, the risks are nevertheless possible; training to recognize, address, and mitigate these risks is required as is dealing with potentially personally difficult topics, such as crime, death, and disease.
Work Environment
The Work is performed in an office setting or computer lab; however, incumbent may be required to collaborate with users in the laboratory.
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Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Retirement Plan
401 E Street Southwest
Washington, District of Columbia, 20024

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