The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory at the Department of Public Health offers an opportunity for a scientist to perform molecular testing to identify and characterize bacteria and other single-celled pathogens from human clinical and environmental sources. Methods will include real time PCR to identify respiratory pathogens, foodborne pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance markers. The candidate in this position will collaborate with both internal and external partners including laboratory colleagues in diagnostic microbiology, molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics, quality assurance, state epidemiologists, and external partners such as CDC and FDA.
This is a CDC SAT Tier 1 position.
This position will require work in the BSL-3 laboratory. In the context of work in a BSL-3 environment the successful candidate must understand the following:
- All Tier 1 Staff will undergo a security risk assessment (SRA), which includes signing a confidentiality statement, and renewal every three years.
- Working conditions include potential exposure to infectious agents.
- All Tier 1 designated staff who may be exposed to Tier 1 Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) must complete OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix C), be evaluated and determined able to wear a respirator before working in any HSLI laboratory (Tier 1, non Tier1and non SAT) that requires a respirator.
- All Tier 1 designated staff are subject to ongoing suitability assessment to ensure compliance with federal regulations regarding Tier 1 Select Agents. Failure to pass the SRA and/or suitability assessment required for access to Tier 1 BSAT may be laid off if no other resolution is reached.
Please note that this position is required to report to the office five days per week.
Duties and Responsibilities(these are a general summary and not all inclusive):
- Perform complex molecular testing on clinical specimens using microbiological culture techniques.
- Assists in preparation of validation plans and written summaries of results.
- Performs all laboratory work (e.g., testing procedures, safety protocols, quality assurance protocols) according to written standard operating procedures.
- Supports supervisor by assisting in the drafting and finalization of standard operating procedures.
- Reports results accurately and completely within the laboratory information management system(s).
- Assists with training laboratory personnel and others in current and new laboratory procedures.
- Ability to perform molecular biology techniques.
- Able to follow written and oral instructions.
- Knowledge of quality assurance practices.
- Capacity to perform calculations, measurements, and unit conversion calculations.
- Potential to apply principles and policies governing professional ethics and rules of conduct.
- Capability to effectively communicate with others, both orally and in writing.
- American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified medical technologist preferred.
- Comprehension ofexperience in clinical microbiology and bacterial identification.
- Knowledge of molecular techniques and PCR.
- Keen knowledge of BSL-3 practices.
- Willingness to work under conditions of potential exposure to infectious agents.
- Willingness to sign a confidentiality statement upon hire.
About the Department of Public Health:
The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.
We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.
DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages, and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.
More information can be found at: MA Department of Public Health.
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori.
Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.
If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form.
For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have (A) at least five (5) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or academic research experience in microbiology, molecular biology, or medical laboratory technology or equivalent scientific field, of which (B) at least one (1) year must be in a supervisory or leadership capacity, or (C), any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.
Based on assignment, applicants must meet related Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) requirements for High Complexity Testing.
Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.
I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, biology or medical laboratory technology, or related scientific field, may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience.
II. A Master’s degree with a major in microbiology, molecular microbiology, biology or medical laboratory technology or equivalent scientific field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.
III. A Doctoral degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, medical technology or related scientific field, may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience.
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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.
Official Title: Microbiologist III
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street
Agency: Department of Public Health
Job Posting: Mar 7, 2023, 9:35:24 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 71,556.94 – 105,009.06 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Sandra Semedo Sandra.C.Semedo@mass.gov – 6173524250
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES – Engineers/Scientists
Hybrid Work Eligible: No
About Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (DPH)
The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL).