Food Laboratory Scientist

Grade 25

New York State has approximately 1 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Agriculture & Markets, Dept of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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Summary of Job Description

Positions in this series use knowledge of chemistry, microbiology and other sciences to conduct analytical testing in support of food safety and security, agricultural and consumer interests in New York State.  These positions use a variety of laboratory techniques to study, test and analyze specific health hazards or accuracy of labeling of foods, beverages, livestock feed, pet food and agricultural commodities.  These positions are located in the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Develops collaborative relationships with food safety staff in academia, industry and State and federal agencies.

Plans and conducts scientific research projects and studies, which result in the publication of professional papers or scientific reports authored singly or jointly.

Performs research in a variety of food safety and security research projects and programs related to the ecology and epidemiology of food-borne pathogens and toxins, and specialized detection methods of biological and chemical hazards.

Provides input for changes in sanctioned methodologies to be adopted by State and federal food regulatory agencies and associations.

Participates as a member of professional organizations devoted to the development, validation and publication of physical, chemical and microbiological laboratory methods for use by federal and State analytical laboratories.

Serves as an expert source of information related to topics researched.

Develop new methods to improve target detection sensitivity, speed of assay, and/or numbers of samples analyzed.

Modifies methods to respond to changing needs, analytical problems, poor performance, or other issues. Validates new methods internally and in conjunction with multi-lab collaborative studies.

Provides recommendations to transfer new technologies and laboratory programs and methods.

Direct research studies using assigned staff in a laboratory or regulatory unit.

Performs independent research related to the development of new testing methodologies.

Prepares, submits and manages grants to support existing and new laboratory programs.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

Non-Competitive:  Bachelors degree in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences, food science or a related field; and four years of professional research experience in an analytical laboratory, academic research laboratory or a public health laboratory, which includes research design and validation analytical methods or published research.

Substitution: A masters degree may substitute for one year of experience; a Ph.D may substitute for two years of such experience.

How to Apply

An examination is not used to fill this title. You must meet the minimum qualifications of the title in order to be considered for this position. You must apply directly to the agency or agencies that have this title.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience. For additional information or clarification, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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