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 Clinical Laboratory Technologist – MB/BT Unit to join the Division of Medical-Clinical Service, Public Health Laboratory located in Decatur, GA.

Won’t you join us?

Under broad supervision, performs high complexity laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases. Analyzes specimens, interprets, records and reports results. The incumbent is expected to perform highly technical duties within the Laboratory Emergency Preparedness & Response – Molecular Biology & Biological Threat (MB/BT) Unit.

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

Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform a wide range of laboratory tests using molecular technologies that pertain to detection and identification of biological agents in clinical, bacteriological and environmental samples to support COVID-19 pandemic response, emergency response, outbreak investigations, and routine surveillance programs. Biological agents include, but are not limited to, SARS-CoV-2, influenza, mumps, and measles viruses, as well as biothreat agents.
  • Assist in validation and analysis of new molecular assays at GPHL.
  • Assist in writing and/or updating SOPs, as needed.
  • Perform QC on stock reagents.
  • Perform analysis of proficiency testing samples, necessary for continued support of the state emergency preparedness and response activities and sustaining federal funding.
  • Work and coordinate with staff in the MB/BT unit by responding to emergency COVID-19 response testing, unknown environmental sample incidents, testing for influenza, testing for Ebola, conducting select agent rule outs, and performing routine diagnostic tests in the MB/BT lab.
  • Along with Chemical Threat and MB/BT staff, support the 24/7 state emergency preparedness and response plan by providing coverage when on-call during after-hours, weekend, and holiday hours.
  • Check inventory and order supplies.
  • Perform and document preventative maintenance for instruments and equipment according to schedule.
  • Troubleshoot and document any problems with instruments or reagents.
  • Adhere to all protocols and procedure manuals without deviation.
  • Maintain a clean, uncluttered work area and offer assistance to other technologists and units when primary duties are met.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related science area from an accredited college or university AND Two years of experience in a clinical laboratory AND Certification as a Medical Technologist (MT) by a nationally accredited certifying agency such as American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the American Medical Technologists (AMT), the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA), the American Association of Bioanalysts (ABB), or another agency approved by the Department.


Completion of ONE of the following academic and/or training requirements listed below, in order to be temporarily classified as a technologist for eighteen (18) months to afford the opportunity to successfully complete an approved qualifying MT examination to earn a ASCP, AMT, AAB certification or equivalent listed above as required of the position:

Successful completion of a full course of study which meets all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from an accredited college or university; OR

Successful completion of three years of academic study (a minimum of 135 quarter hours or equivalent) in an accredited college or university and the successful completion of a course of training of at least 12 months in a school of medical technology accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education; OR

Successful completion in an accredited college or university of a course of study which meets all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree in one of the chemical, physical, or biological sciences, and have at least one year of pertinent laboratory experience or training accepted by the Department; OR

Successful completion of 135 quarter hours in an accredited college or university, including 24 quarter hours of chemistry, 24 quarter hours of biology, and 5 quarter hours of mathematics, (thirty quarter hours of the total, with a minimum of fifteen in science, must be at the third or fourth year level), and have at least two years of pertinent laboratory experience; OR

Successful completion of a full course of study which meets all academic requirements for an associate’s degree in medical technology from an accredited college or university, or successful completion of two years of academic study (a minimum of 90 quarter hours or equivalent) in an accredited college or university which included at least 20 quarter hours of lecture and laboratory courses in chemical, physical, or biological sciences acceptable toward a major in science, with at least three years of pertinent laboratory experience; OR

Graduation from high school and successful completion of a formal technician training course which is accredited by an accrediting agency accepted by the Department with at least four years of pertinent laboratory experience

Other provision as listed here: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/GAC/111-8-10-.06?urlRedirected=yes&data=admin&lookingfor=111-8-10-.06 under the Rules and Regulations of the state of Georgia (Rule 111-8-10-.06).

In order to be legally recognized as a medical technologist in the state of Georgia, a medical technologist (MT) certification must be obtained.

*ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED* Please upload a copy of all relevant transcripts to this application.

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.