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State of Massachusetts Microbiologist, Clinical Microbiology in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory at the Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a dynamic individual with a strong science background to work as part of a team to identify and characterize bacteria of public health significance including the causative agents for whooping cough, pneumonia, meningitis and gonorrhea, as well as identify agents of foodborne illness such as/Salmonella/and/E. coli/. The chosen candidate will also perform complex immunologic and molecular tests to identify pathogenic bacteria and viruses of both clinical and public health importance, and to assess antimicrobial resistance of current and emerging pathogens.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Experience utilizing quality assurance practices and precautions specific to microbiology, immunological, and molecular biology test methods in a diagnostic setting.

  • Perform microscopic, cultural, biochemical and immunologic tests to identify a broad scope of pathogenic/opportunistic bacteria of clinical and public health importance, and execute molecular and microbiological tests on clinical specimens to aid in patient care and public health investigations.

  • Execute molecular and microbiological tests on bacterial isolates to confirm identification and detect antibiotic resistance.

  • Complete diagnostic procedures for the isolation and identification of bacterial agents such as Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas.

  • Assist in maintenance of supplies and equipment as well as advising personnel in media room concerning the preparation of media and reagents.

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Familiarity of the concepts and theories of microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology along with clinical microbiology/bacteriology.

  • Experience in molecular techniques and the Professional Regulation Commission (/PRC/) along with antimicrobial susceptibility testing.

  • Understanding of the principles and practices of running an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

  • Knowledge of Biosafety Level-3 (BSL-3) practices and a willingness to work under conditions of potential exposure to infectious agents. Must be CLIA approved for high level complexity testing.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Certified medical technologist in the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

_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

  • 11 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-Offer 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 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.

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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: Microbiologist, Clinical Microbiology

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street

Requisition ID: 200007AU