PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Agriculture and Public Health this class is accountable for conducting biochemical, microbiological or molecular examinations and analyses of a variety of specimens and substances.
Performs basic tasks independently; works under the close supervision of a Microbiologist 2, Principal Microbiologist or other employee of higher grade when performing more advanced tasks.
May lead laboratory personnel of lower grade as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs microbiological and biochemical tests on human and animal specimens to identify or detect presence or absence of bacteriological agents of communicable diseases; makes microscopic, cultural and serological examinations of a variety of human specimens; performs bacteriological and biochemical analyses of water, wastewater, sewage effluent and sludge, seawater, seafood, dairy products and other foods; performs microbiological and other biochemical assays for inborn errors of metabolism; performs DNA amplification tests to detect various viral and bacterial agents; provides testing such as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis to support investigation of food and water borne outbreaks of disease; prepares reagents; utilizes universal laboratory precautions; utilizes computers related to laboratory instrumentation, quality assurance data and test reports; maintains records and prepares reports; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of current principles and practices of biomedical sciences and microbiological disciplines including bacteriology, parasitology, virology and others as they relate to public health; knowledge of equipment and instruments used in modern public health laboratories; knowledge of applicable analytical techniques; knowledge of quality assurance and quality control policies and procedures; knowledge of universal laboratory precautions; knowledge of basic laboratory hazards and safety; oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to perform standard biomedical science, microbiological and biochemical examinations; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Five (5) years of experience in a public health or clinical laboratory involving scientific work in the field of microbiology,biochemistry or molecular biology.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in the natural sciences may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in the natural sciences may be substituted for the General Experience.
3. Successful completion of the Connecticut Careers Trainee program in microbiology may be substituted for the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests and immunizations for communicable diseases.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to have specific education and/or experience to meet various certification and/or licensing requirements.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to undergo and successfully complete security background checks.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group HC 18 approved effective November 11, 1994. (Revised to modify content)
5670A 9/21/06 cm