Microbiologist  – (22000DMV)


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks an experienced individual to perform complex testing for the isolation, identification, and susceptibility testing of Mycobacteria species from clinical specimens. Key duties include ensuring adherance to all established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for procedures such as; fluorescent acid-fast staining, solid and liquid culture methods, identification via mass spectrometry (MALDI-ToF), drug susceptibilty testing (DST), and adherance to all security and safety policies.

This position will require work in the BSL-3 (Biosafety Level 3) laboratory.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive): 

Perform specimen accessioning, determination of accept/reject criteria, and initiate sample analysis using sound scientific practice and technical skills.
Perform microbiological, immunological, and molecular-based test methods on clinical specimens and bacterial isolates.
Perform all laboratory work (e.g. testing procedures, safety protocols, quality assurance protocols) according to written standard operating procedures.
Operate laboratory instruments and equipment as described in established SOPs.
Report results accurately and completely within the laboratory information management system(s).
Follow the quality management program requirements to ensure that all certification and accreditation requirements, including training and competency, are met.
Communicate with submitters according to procedures regarding specimen collections, packaging, shipping, and transportation of specimens to the laboratory.
Perform quality control activities including verification – validation, routine quality control, and proficiency testing as assigned.
Maintain laboratory equipment and report equipment problems in a timely manner according to procedures.
Comply with agency policy regarding safety, security, and protection in the working environment in accordance with the laboratory’s SOPs and policies.

Required Qualifications:

Knowledge of the concepts and theories of microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology
Understanding of basic microbial culture techniques, biochemical tests, serology, sequencing, and nucleic acid-based detection methods.
Demonstrated knowledge of quality assurance practices (e.g. equipment maintenance, proficiency testing, method verification, staff competency assessments).

Capacity to effectively and professionally communicate orally and in writing and to prepare concise technical reports.
Means to follow established Standard Operating Procedures and work instructions, and the ability to work both individually and in a team environment.
Ability to use a computer to conduct testing, manage databases, and produce written documents.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience with laboratory techniques for isolation and handling of Mycobacteria species including Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Prior experience working within a BSL-2 and a BSL-3 laboratory.
Prior experience working within a Biosafety Cabinet (BSC).

Special Requirements:

Willingness to work under conditions of potential exposure to infectious agents.
Willingness to sign a confidentiality statement upon hire.

About the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS):

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).

Infectious disease response services address concerns of the general public as well as those disproportionately affected by infectious disease through a variety of risk factors. BIDLS administers ongoing disease reporting for over 90 reportable diseases in the state. Disease reporting review and follow-up with clinical providers and local boards of health is a central function of the bureau. Surveillance activity is complemented by an extensive contracted service system. These services are funded through state and federal resources and include prevention education, community outreach screening for infectious disease, immunization services, health service navigation, medical case management, insurance enrollment, housing assistance, and referral and linkage to infectious disease treatment.

The SPHL provides scientific expertise and capacity to identify infectious agents, chemical agents, and other toxins that cause human disease.  The SPHL is an active partner in joint activities with other bureaus/agencies such as environmental health, food and drug, agriculture, disease prevention and health promotion programs, and public safety.  The SPHL is a reference laboratory of the national Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent laboratory. SPHL staff work closely with laboratory and disease prevention programs at the CDC, and partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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​

Pre-Hire Process:

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 two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, or academic research experience in microbiology, molecular biology, or medical laboratory technology or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the 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. An Associate’s degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biology, or medical laboratory technology may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.

II. A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, biology, medical laboratory technology or equivalent scientific field may substitute for the required experience.

Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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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 I

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street

Job: Science

Agency: Department of Public Health

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Posting: Nov 18, 2022, 9:50:52 AM

Number of Openings: 1

Salary: 59,650.50 – 86,840.26 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Winston Pierre Winston.Pierre@mass.gov – 8573197225

Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES – Engineers/Scientists

Confidential: No

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).