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Chemical Threat Coordinator

Company: The University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: February 15, 2020

Job Description:

The purpose of this position is to lead the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) at the University of Iowa in developing, evaluating, and documenting an emergency preparedness program for chemical threats and environmental hazards by providing expert scientific and technical advice and expertise for conducting accurate and timely laboratory analyses.

The Chemical Threat Coordinator leads efforts to respond to natural or human-caused emergencies, disasters, and terrorist acts so that SHL staff can successfully perform analytical tests. The position will develop, validate, improve, and maintain all-hazard procedures for handling human clinical specimens, unknown environmental samples, and other potentially hazardous materials. This position will serve as a source of technical information in order to promote, maintain, and improve relationships with critical response partners through the design and implementation of a structured outreach program.

This position provides preparedness coordination across sections of the Environmental Health Division and partners closely with the Biological Threat Coordinator and others in the Diagnostic and Clinical Division. Frequent travel will be a requirement of this position.

About the State Hygienic Laboratory

The State Hygienic Laboratory?s main facilities are headquartered on the University of Iowa's campus northwest of Iowa City in Coralville. Additional testing facilities are part of the Iowa Laboratory Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb.

Since 1904, the State Hygienic Laboratory has been at the forefront of public health issues in Iowa. As the state?s public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa?s 99 counties through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.

Qualifications:

Education or Equivalency Required

A Master?s degree in a scientific field or, Emergency Management, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications

--- Three to five years of clinical or public health laboratory experience.
--- Awareness of clinical and environmental chemistry practices.
--- Demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship management skills.
--- Demonstrate professional project management experience.
--- Demonstration of experience in leading teams.
--- Experience with planning, designing, and/or delivering training or educational programming, to support community education and outreach.
--- Possession of a valid state or commercial driver's license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

--- Knowledge or experience with incident command and national incident management systems is highly desirable.

Desirable Qualifications

--- Experience in drills and exercises, preparation and monitoring of grants, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity and creation and implementation of new initiatives.
--- Familiarity with Microsoft Office, LIS, and preparation of fiscal and operational reports is desirable.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check, and verification of a valid state or commercial driver?s license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

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.

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