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Forensic Certifying Scientist I (31029519)




Full Time


Gretna, Louisiana, United States

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott Rapid Diagnostics (formerly Alere) is part of Abbott’s Diagnostics family of businesses, bringing together exceptional teams of experts and industry leading technologies. The position of Positive Certifying Scientist is within Toxicology located at Gretna, LA at Alere Toxicology Services. In this role, the individual will be responsible for analysis, review and interpretation of analytical data in accordance with the SAMHSA mandatory guidelines and those of other regulatory organizations.


  • Performs final review of drug confirmation data from the laboratory, compares with the initial screening data for accuracy prior to release of results
  • Initiates any corrective action in the lab on testing data reviewed and found incomplete or inconclusive
  • Assure that all documentation derived from testing procedures in maintained
  • Operates the GC/MS and/or LC-MS/MS instruments; as needed
  • Performs initial review of data
  • Must have 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 receipt of the information
  • Must be able to testify in court to drug test results generated in the lab; when needed
  • Adhere to all security procedures for ensuring confidentiality of donor information
  • Must comply with company policies
  • If the employee has worked in a laboratory for >6 years and has a bachelor’s degree in science (>4 years with a master’s degree), the individual may qualify as a supervisor.


  • BS degree in science or equivalent related field



  • Advanced ability to understand analytical techniques and procedures
  • Advanced ability to understand laboratory instrumentation
  • Ability to understand certification requirements for SAMHSA, CAP-FUDT, and other 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 MRO’s 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

An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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