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State of Massachusetts Molecular Diagnostics Microbiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory at the Department of Public Health (DPH) offers an opportunity for a professional Molecular Microbiologist with a strong laboratory science background to perform laboratory tests on human specimens in response to novel COVID-19, arboviral infections, and other pathogens of public health importance. The incumbent will also test environmental and clinical specimens for bio-threat agents using molecular techniques.

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

  • Conducts molecular and conventional testing for novel Coronavirus (causative agent of COVID-19) as well as other infectious agents of public health importance.

  • Performs immunologic tests, such as Enzyme Immunosorbent Assays (EIA) and Immunofluorescence Antibody Assay (IFA), and/or tissue culture techniques.

  • Completes Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to detect presence of respiratory infectious agents, arboviruses, bio-threat agents and other infectious diseases.

  • Assists in performing sequence analyses and enters test results into computer databases.

  • Ensures the laboratory areas and reagents are contamination-free.

  • Performs additional duties as required such as quality control, equipment maintenance, disposal of hazardous waste, and maintenance of frozen specimen collection.* *

  • May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/day, 7 days/week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis./ /

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Knowledge of the concepts and theories of microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, basic microbiological, immunological, and molecular biology techniques (microbial culture techniques, biochemical tests, serology, sequencing, and nucleic acid-based detection assays).

  • Understanding of laboratory certifications and accreditations to ensure adherence to certification and accreditation requirements to meet regulatory requirements.

  • Demonstrated 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.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified medical technologist.

_Working Conditions:_

  • Willingness to work under conditions of potential exposure to infectious agents.

  • Willingness to sign a confidentiality statement upon hire.

  • All Tier 1 designated staff who may be exposed to a Tier 1 Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) must complete OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix C) and be evaluated and to wear a respirator before working in any MA SPHL laboratory (Tier 1, non-Tier 1and non-SAT) that requires a respirator.

  • All Tier 1 designated staff are subject to ongoing suitability program to insure the reliability of the personnel with access to Tier 1 Select Agents to ensure that they continue to merit access to Tier 1 agents by meeting safety requirements and safeguarding the select agents from theft, loss or release.

  • All Tier 1 Staff will undergo a security risk assessment (SRA) and renew it every three years.

_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

_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 http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

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 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.

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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: Molecular Diagnostics Microbiologist

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street

Requisition ID: 200007O8

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