Under administrative direction, in the Department of Health Services, to plan, organize, and direct the program and operations of the Sanitation and Radiation Laboratory Branch, encompassing laboratory and field services, consultation, and research in sanitary chemistry, microbiology, and radiochemistry and physics; and to do other related work.
Makes field investigations and conducts research in sanitary chemistry, microbiology, and radiochemistry and physics; directs the development of minimum standards of operation for local water and sewage laboratories and directs the inspection and approval of such laboratories; administers the technical phases of a sanitation laboratory training program for public health microbiologists and laboratory personnel concerned with water supply and sewage disposal; coordinates activities of the laboratory with related work in the Department and with other public and private agencies; provides consultation to departmental bureaus and to other State and local agencies; consults with Federal, State, local, and nongovernmental laboratories on administrative and scientific problems in sanitary chemistry, microbiology, and radiochemistry and physics; administers a program of laboratory research including interpretative analyses of data obtained, initiation of research projects, determination of priorities, review and approval of proposed research, and evaluation of completed projects; directs the selection, training, and evaluation of the performance of personnel and takes or recommends appropriate action; prepares scientific papers for publication; addresses interested groups; prepares reports.
One year of experience in chemistry, or microbiology, or a closely related specialty in the California State Department of Health Services in a class at least equivalent in level to Assistant Chief of a laboratory, Research Chemist, or Research Microbiologist.
Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible postdoctoral experience in a large laboratory in administration or supervision of work comparable or closely related to sanitary chemistry or microbiology. and
Education: Possession of a Doctoral Degree in Chemistry or Microbiology with major emphasis in sanitary science or a closely related specialty.
Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in a large laboratory in research and in administration or supervision of work comparable or closely related to sanitary chemistry or microbiology. and
Education: Possession of a Master's Degree in Chemistry or Microbiology with major emphasis in sanitary science or a closely related specialty.
(Under Patterns II and III, experience in one or a combination of the following may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for all except one year of the required administrative or supervisory experience:
1. Independent research in sanitary chemistry, microbiology, or a closely related specialty in a university or research laboratory.
2. Teaching in sanitary chemistry, microbiology, or a closely related specialty in a collegiate-level institution with a rank at least equal to Assistant Professor.)
Knowledge of: Sanitary sciences including chemistry, microbiology, biology, biochemistry, and physics; methods of making chemical, bacteriological, biological, and physical analyses of water, sewage, and industrial waste; radiochemistry and methods of determining radioactivity; principles of public health as applied to sanitation; chemical and biological methods used in determining toxic materials in water, sewage, and industrial waste; scientific research methodology; current developments in research in the field of sanitary science; principles of personnel management and supervision; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Originate and develop new procedures in solving difficult or unusual laboratory problems in the sanitary sciences; evaluate and interpret biological, chemical, and physical research studies; plan, direct, and integrate staff activities; collect, organize, and prepare data for court proceedings; prepare scientific papers for publication; communicate effectively; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff members and with other agencies and persons; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Demonstrated analytical, research, and administrative ability.