Rocky Hill, CT
|Date Opened||11/18/2021 12:00:00 AM|
|Salary||$59,393* - $80,587/year (*New State Employees Start at Minimum)|
|Job Type||Open to the Public|
|Close Date||12/2/2021 11:59:00 PM|
The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring! This Microbiologist 2 position is located in Rocky Hill, CT at the State Public Health Laboratory. The State Public Health Laboratory offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth. The recently established centralized Advanced Molecular Diagnostic laboratory (AMD) at the State Public Health laboratory, has continued to provide rapid identification and characterization of emerging and re-merging disease-causing agents using complex, sensitive, and specific tests in the applied clinical area of laboratory diagnostics. The implementation of these tests has improved clinical patient management while enhancing epidemiologic disease monitoring, surveillance, outbreak investigation, and disease control. The AMD laboratory has been paramount in the COVID-19 diagnostic response in Connecticut, validating multiple testing platforms and testing specimens since the onset of the pandemic.
The Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory is initiating a State Wastewater Surveillance System in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The data generated by the state Laboratory will help public health officials to better understand the extent of SARS-CoV-2 infections in communities.
Quantitative SARS-CoV-2 measurements in untreated sewage can provide information on changes in total SARS-CoV-2 infection in the community contributing to that wastewater treatment plant. Also depending on the frequency of testing, sewage surveillance can be a leading indicator of changes in COVID-19 burden in a community. And SARS-CoV-2 RNA detection in sewage serves as a COVID-19 indicator that is independent of healthcare-seeking behaviors and access to clinical testing.
This Microbiologist 2 position will be responsible for collection of samples from wastewater treatment plants. Received wastewater samples will be processed for viral filtration and concentration of covid19 by elution from the membrane filter and/or re-concentrate the eluted viruses by either organic flocculation. This Microbiologist 2 will be responsible for viral RNA extraction from the concentrated samples and will be responsible for amplification and quantification of the Covid19 extracted RNA using QIAcuity Digital PCR System to determine the distribution of Covid19 in wastewater using wastewater-based epidemiology.
The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.
Are you interested in joining our team as a Microbiologist 2? We encourage you to apply today! This Microbiologist 2 position is a 35-hour per week, full-time position, based in Rocky Hill. Opportunities for flex scheduling may be available based on agency needs.
Please Note: This position is grant funded with an anticipated end date of July 31, 2024.
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
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The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Chelsea Moore at Chelsea.Moore@ct.gov
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.