Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the entire population as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending upon the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Environmental Laboratory Specialist Supervisor to join the Division of Medical-Clinical Services, Public Health Laboratory located in Decatur, GA.

Won’t you join us?

The incumbent of this position will support outbreak investigations and surveillance activities for water borne pathogens of public health concern in the State of Georgia. The selected candidate will report and work directly with the Director of Clinical Microbiology Services to develop, validate, and implement the assays for the determination of water borne pathogens including SARS-CoV2.

This is a GRANT FUNDED position and is subject to available grant funds.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee technologist performing high throughput assays with the wastewater surveillance.
  • Track, review, and submit the analytical data to CDC, interface with statewide epidemiologists and collaborate with academic partners to perform quality analysis and support assay development for surveillance activities.
  • Supporting other testing and programmatic areas such as whole genome sequencing (PulseNet), routine bacteriology and surge activities.
  • Work closely with the Division Director ensuring grant deliverables and milestones are met.
  • Assist with preparing project reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • As part of workforce development, the candidate will have an opportunity to train fellows and students.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree in a natural or physical science, business, or a related field from an accredited Collège or university AND Four years of experience in the area of assignment


One year of experience required at the lower level Environmental Spec 3 (LSP042)


Position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D in Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related field.
  • 1-2 years of public health or environmental laboratory experience with supervisory skills.
  • Experience serving as a team leader with the ability to prioritize, schedule and coordinate the work of others.
  • Working level analytical experience in an ISO17025 or equivalent accredited laboratory.
  • Basic familiarity with state and federal environmental testing regulations.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge and experience with Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS).
  • Basic environmental lab testing experience (e.g., water or other environmental testing) in high throughput BSL-2 lab setting.
  • 1-2 years of experience with qPCR, digital PCR or droplet digital PCR, King Fisher Flex or similar automated extraction platforms basic microbiology techniques environmental or clinical specimen testing.
  • Demonstrates a proficiency with Microsoft Office products and computer-based statistics programs (SAS, Python etc).
  • Experience with the development and validation of new methods.
  • Good project management skills and capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Work successfully in a team environment.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.