Positive Certifying Scientist
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Positive Certifying Scientist

Richmond, VA


Our client, located in Richmond, VA, is looking for a Positive Certifying Scientist as defined by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). This role will be responsible for analysis, review, and interpretation of analytical data in accordance with the SAMHSA mandatory guidelines and those of other regulatory organizations.


  • Final review of analytical data
  • Operation of the Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer and initial review of data
  • Extraction of samples
  • Legal testimony
  • Knowledge of drug metabolism.
  • Must converse with Medical Review Officers (MROs) and clients on the metabolism of the various drugs in an intelligent manner that is easily understood by the recipient of the information.
  • Adherence to all security procedures for ensuring confidentiality of donor information.
  • Adherence to all established guidelines outlined in Alere’s Employee Handbook.
  • Must comply with company policies.



  • BS degree in a science or equivalent relevant field


  • Advanced ability to understand analytical techniques and procedures
  • Advanced ability to understand laboratory instrumentation
  • Advanced ability to understand certification requirements for SAMHSA, CAP-FUDT, and other relevant regulatory bodies.
  • Advanced ability to understand the function of a Laboratory Information System (LIS) and other laboratory computer systems
  • Advanced ability to communicate with clients and MROs on drug metabolism
  • Ability to lift and/or move 25 pounds
  • Ability to have full body movement
  • Must have vision and hearing corrected to meet minimum acceptable norms
  • Excellent math and reasoning ability to develop and communicate laboratory procedures and reports
  • Ability to cope with stress due to production obligations
  • Ability to cope with stress induced during legal proceedings
  • Ability to read and comprehend the SOP, Federal (49 CFR Part 40), and CAP-FUDT guidelines
  • Ability to transcribe data in a legible handwriting
  • Ability to communicate with other employees and supervisors
  • Ability to provide input and recommendations on operations
  • Climate-controlled office and testing laboratory environment
  • May be potential exposure to toxic or hazardous materials

Work Environment

We offer:

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Compensation: TBD

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