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State of Massachusetts Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Laboratory Microbiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory at the Department of Public Health (DPH) offers an opportunity for a professional with a strong science background to work as part of a team that performs complex immunologic and molecular tests to identify pathogenic bacteria and viruses of both clinical and public health importance. Diagnostic testing in this group includes detection and identification of sexually transmitted disease pathogens, including HIV, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhea, Hepatitis C, and syphilis. Additional duties include: data entry, review of quality control data, proficiency testing, equipment maintenance, disposal of biohazardous waste, training and delegation of duties to entry level testing staff, and maintenance of supply inventory. _Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Perform microbiological, immunological, and molecular biology test methods on human clinical specimens. * Assist in maintenance of supplies and equipment including performing routine Quality Control and acceptance testing. * Communicate with external partners to obtain specimen information and clarify specimen shipping and pre-analytic processes as needed. * 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 radiologic agents. _Required Qualifications:_ * Knowledge of the concepts and theories of microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology, including basic microbiological, immunological, and molecular biology techniques (basic microbial culture techniques, biochemical tests, serology, sequencing, and nucleic acid-based detection assays). * Demonstrated knowledge of 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. * Ability to perform calculations, measurements and unit conversion calculations. * Skilled in effective and professional communication both verbally and in writing, and preparing concise technical reports. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Certified American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) medical technologist. * Basic understanding of the principles and policies governing professional ethics and rules of conduct. * Knowledge of laboratory certifications and accreditations to ensure adherence to certification. * Willingness to sign a confidentiality statement upon hire. _Working Conditions:_ * Willingness to work under conditions of potential exposure to infectious agents. _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 Heal_th_ * _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _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. 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. Substitutions: 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. * * 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. Job: Science* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Laboratory Microbiologist Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street Requisition ID: 210008JI