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State of Massachusetts Central Laboratory Support Services Specimen Receiving Microbiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory at the Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a dynamic individual for a Microbiologist who will oversee pre-analytical activities in the laboratory. The work supports outbreak investigations for agents causing diseases of public health importance such as foodborne illness, tuberculosis, SARS-CoV-2, antimicrobial resistance, and other emerging infections. This position participates in Quality Assurance and Quality Control activities and contributes to root cause analysis for corrective actions. The incumbent will communicate with external partners to support routine work as well as special projects. Incumbents provide training to internal staff and external partners. Performs related duties as required to include but not limited to participation/contribution to LIS/LIMS implementation and processes associated with building renovation. Experience the satisfaction of contributing to the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth beyond diagnostic laboratory work! Learn more about what it’s like to work at the State Public Health Lab. Please note that this position is required to report to the office five days per week. _Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Provide supervisory duties to staff regarding scheduling, assigning tasks, and reviewing records. * Coordinate rotation of schedule for staff in different areas in Central Laboratory Support Service. * Comply with agency policy regarding safety, security, and protection in the working environment in accordance with the laboratory’s procedures and policies for biological, chemical, and radiological agents. * Perform specimen accessioning, determination of accept/reject criteria, specimen adequacy, and initiate sample analysis using sound scientific practice and technical skills. * Once trained and competent, employee will perform second reviewer duties, compliant with regulatory standards, to verify and release test results for all tests for which they employee has been deemed competent. The employee will be eligible to perform verify/release duties for all analysts regardless of classification level provided the employee is competent to perform the verify/release on the specific test. * Maintain laboratory equipment and report equipment problems according to procedures. * Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment by determining when such supplies, equipment and chemicals must be ordered, and by writing purchases orders to maintain proper supply levels. * May work under hazardous conditions imposed by exposure to hazardous infectious agents and to the harmful effects of flammable substances, carcinogens, poisonous or toxic chemicals, gasses, and fumes. * May work within a biosafety level one through level three laboratory setting and be required to wear personal protective equipment commensurate with the safety risk. * Operate laboratory instruments such as microscopes, chemistry and hematology analyzers, cell washers, incubators (aerobic and CO2) and other instrumentation relating to testing in the clinical laboratory. _Required Qualifications:_ * Knowledge of the concepts and theories of microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology. * Keen ability to perform calculations, measurements, and unit conversion calculations. * General knowledge of the principles and policies governing professional ethics and rules of conduct. * Capability to effectively and professionally communicate orally and in writing and to prepare concise technical reports. * Understanding of and experience with laboratory certifications and accreditations to ensure adherence to certification and accreditation requirements to meet regulatory requirements. * Aptitude in utilizing a computer to conduct research, managing databases, and drafting written documents. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Meet CLIA requirements for testing personnel for high complexity testing. * Understanding of standard biosafety and biosecurity practices. * Experience with the concepts of supervising staff. * Certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).as medical technologist/medical laboratory scientist or medical laboratory technician. * Knowledge of the quality assurance practices (e.g., equipment maintenance, proficiency testing, method validation, staff competency, following standard operating procedures) specific to microbiology, immunological, and molecular biology test methods in a diagnostic setting. * Proficient use of data management software and Microsoft applications such as Word, Outlook and Excel. _Special Requirements:_ As part of the pre-hire process, you will be required to submit transcript(s) for review for the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) verification process.If selected as the preferred candidate, you will be required to submit an official transcript from each accredited academic institution to verify the above.Please note that we will be unable to move forward with your application for this position if you do not meet CLIA qualifications. _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 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. #4 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have (A) at least three (3) 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. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, biology, medical laboratory technology, or equivalent scientific field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. II. A Master's degree or higher with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, biology or equivalent scientific field may be substituted 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. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! 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. Job: Science* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Central Laboratory Support Services Specimen Receiving Microbiologist Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street Requisition ID: 240005AL