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Food and Drug - Scientific Laboratory Support  

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Jamaica NY Laboratory

Period of Performance (09/27/2023 - 09/26/2024 with four (4) additional year options)

Job Description: The purpose of the one-year contract plus renewal is to provide the following:

Scientific Laboratory Support

Media and Solution (Reagents and Standards) Preparation

The employee shall weigh, mix, adjust the pH, heat various combinations of components in water solutions, transfer these solutions between containers and instrumentation, and label these media / solutions in accordance with lab quality program procedures, and autoclave to sterilize the product. In some instances, toxic chemical additives are required.

Sterilization:

The employee shall sterilize prepared media, dirty containers, and waste materials. This involves placing the items/materials into an autoclave and later removing them for use, to storage, or disposal as appropriate.

Sample Preparation:

The employee shall use aseptic technique (microbiological analysis) or non-aseptic techniques (chemistry or sensory analysis) to remove the appropriate amount of material from the item being analyzed and place the samples into containers. These samples may be frozen, refrigerated or at room temperature and may weigh up to 50 pounds. Preparation include but are not limited to utensils (such as knives, chisels, hammers, forceps, spoons, and forks) and equipment such as food processors, blenders, homogenizers, and grinders. Containers for analysis in which the prepared sample will be placed include, but are not limited to blenders, jars, plastic jugs, plastic bags, flasks/beakers, vials, and tubes. Some sample preparation processes may include the preparation and cooking of food products, to support the Agency's Total Diet Study program.

Dishwashing:

The employee shall perform glassware washing, both manual and via use of an automatic dishwasher. In both cases this will involve emptying and hand scrubbing various sized containers (flasks, tubes, jars, bottles, Petri plates, etc.) and transferring them between locations for washing, drying, use, sterilization and/or storage.

Waste Collection and Disposal

The employee shall collect all contaminated and otherwise dirty/used waste materials from defined collection sites throughout the laboratory, and safely transfer them to the decontamination or disposal areas for further processing (i.e., returning to use or storage, or putting them in a dumpster).

Laboratory Custodial Support:

The Contractor shall maintain cleanliness of all laboratory areas.

Laboratory Safety Support:

The employee shall complete daily/weekly checks of all laboratory eye washing and shower stations (Attachment 3). Each lab may have its own specific requirements due to mission and location.

Temperature Mapping:

The employee shall perform periodic temperature mapping of equipment or locations by placing temperature sensor(s) in temperature-controlled units (i.e., freezers, refrigerators, ovens, etc.) and collecting data for the specified time period as established by standard operating procedure (SOP). The Contractor shall retrieve collected data (digitally or via print-out), apply data to established criteria, and compile a report with acceptable or unacceptable evaluation.

Acid Cleaning of Digestion Vessels and Centrifuge Tubes

Function verification of various equipment (i.e., Balances, Pipettes, pH meters) (Attachment 2). Each lab may have its own specific requirements due to mission and location.

Daily and Weekly Monitoring Checks of the Deionized (DI) Water Systems

3.2.7. Function verification of various equipment (i.e., Balances, Pipettes, pH meters) (Attachment 2). Each lab may have its own specific requirements due to mission and location.

Daily and Weekly Monitoring Checks of the Deionized (DI) Water Systems

Assisting with monitoring of the DI Water system by performing quality assurance (QA) checks including:

Performing visual checks on the system such as reading meters, gauges, noting color changes, checking lights, etc.

Activity

Check the water quality by reading the meter ..................................... Visual

Check the water holding tank level ....................................................... Visual

Read the pressure gauge on the reciprocating pump… ...................... Visual

(Some bending to read gauge)

Check the two lights are on and yellow for the UV lamps .................Visual

Check the lights are on and green for both DI Tanks ........................ Visual

Check the brine tank for salt level and water ........................................ Visual and

physical (bending and lifting of salt bag ~40 lbs.) (add salt pellets and water as needed)

Perform color test (kit) for residual chlorine quality ............................ Visual and physical o (add color pack to water and see if it turns pink)

Recording results on QA sheets or Logbooks -------------------------- Reporting

(Notify analyst/monitor of any problems)

Inventory

The employee shall assist with the inventory of consumable, supplies, reagents, and other supplies necessary to perform scientific testing. Inventories could be kept within logbooks, folders, and/or electronic systems.

Requirements:

• Employee is to perform work under this contract must assure the protection of the information and data they receive in performance.

• All employees who will be working in FDA-owned or leased space shall undergo a background investigation before starting to work. Required background investigations may include, but not limited to:

review of prior government /military personnel records; review of FBI records and fingerprint files; searches of credit bureaus; personal interviews; and written inquires covering the subject's background.

• All employees must be compliant with Homeland Security Presidential Directive/Hspd-12 and HHS guidelines for foreign nationals.

• The employee performing under this contract, will complete HHS/FDA-furnished initial and refresher security and privacy education and awareness training before being granted access to the FDA systems.

• All employees must sign a Commitment to Protect Non-Public Information Form 3398

• employees will be provided with LIMS account, training, and permissions to access the FDA records once they have received security clearances.

•Ability to stand for long periods of time

•Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

•US Citizen

Calloway & Associates, Inc., a Disability/Military friendly company, gives preferential consideration to U.S. Military Veterans or Veteran family members.


 
Position Requirements

Requirements:

• Employee is to perform work under this contract must assure the protection of the information and data they receive in performance.

• All employees who will be working in FDA-owned or leased space shall undergo a background investigation before starting to work. Required background investigations may include, but not limited to:

  • review of prior government /military personnel records; review of FBI records and fingerprint files; searches of credit bureaus; personal interviews; and written inquires covering the subject’s background.

• All employees must be compliant with Homeland Security Presidential Directive/Hspd-12 and HHS guidelines for foreign nationals.

• The employee performing under this contract, will complete HHS/FDA-furnished initial and refresher security and privacy education and awareness training before being granted access to the FDA systems.

• All employees must sign a Commitment to Protect Non-Public Information Form 3398 (Attachment 3).

• employees will be provided with LIMS account, training, and permissions to access the FDA records once they have received security clearances.

•Ability to stand for long periods of time

•Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

•US Citizen

 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Compensation 23.86 plus 4.54 total hourly rate = 28.40  
Position Food and Drug - Scientific Laboratory Support  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 1/26/2024  
Location Food and Drug Administration - NY- Northeast Food & Feed Laboratory (NFFL)  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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