Public Health Laboratory Scientist

State of Louisiana
$3,904 - $7,025 Per month LA Louisiana Department of Health, 628 N 4th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States Apply before 6/20/2024 11:59


Supplemental Information

The Louisiana Department of Health is dedicated to fulfilling its mission through direct provision of quality services, the development and stimulation of services of others, and the utilization of available resources in the most effective manner.

LDH serves as a model employer for individuals with disabilities.

This position is located within the Louisiana Department of Health / Office of Public Health / Laboratory – Environmental Chemistry / East Baton Rouge Parish
 Announcement Number: OPH/CG/196136

Cost Center: 3262107411
Position Number(s): 63856

This vacancy is being announced as a Classified position and may be filled as a Probationary or Promotional appointment.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

Public Health Laboratory Scientist 1-3 Environmental Chemistry

The Louisiana Office of Public Health has a Public Health Laboratory Scientist position available within the OPH Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA.  The selected individual will work within the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory Section, which performs organic, inorganic, and trace metals analyses.  Familiarity with drinking water testing, as well as experience with EPA Safe Drinking Water regulations and methodologies, particularly in metals analysis including inductively coupled plasma (ICP)-mass spectrometry, ICP-optical emission spectrometry, and/or atomic absorption, is preferred.  Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience in an EPA-regulated laboratory.   This position requires daily interaction with OPH Laboratory staff, OPH Program staff and regulatory agencies. 

This position participates in a Career Progression Group (CPG) and may be filled as a Public Health Laboratory Scientist 1, 2, or 3 level at which the vacancy is filled will be determined by the qualifications of the candidate selected. This position provides the opportunity to advance within this job series. 

The actual starting salary depends on the education and experience of the selected applicant.

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To apply for this vacancy, click on the “Apply” link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

*Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.*

A resume upload will NOT populate your information into your application. Work experience left off your electronic application or only included in an attached resume is not eligible to receive credit

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Ciera Green


This organization participates in E-verify, and for more information on E-verify, please contact DHS at 1-888-464-4218.     

Minimum Qualifications


A baccalaureate degree with twenty-four semester hours in any one or a combination of the following: biological, environmental, or chemical science.


Any college hours or degree must be from an accredited college or university.



Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check and/or security clearance, including but not limited to those required for the Federal Select Agent Program and the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners license requirements.


For positions which involve processing and analysis of human specimens and/or the generation or interpretation of laboratory results that may be used in the diagnosis or treatment of a disease or condition in humans, the incumbent must have at the time of appointment a current valid license to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Generalist (CLS-G) or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Specialist (CLS-S) issued by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME).

A Temporary License to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist-Generalist or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist-Specialist issued by the LSBME shall fulfill this requirement only for the limited time period granted by the LSBME. The incumbent is required to satisfy the requirements for a CLS-G or CLS-S permanent license prior to the expiration of the temporary license.