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The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is looking for a motivated and experienced candidate for this Microbiologist 1 opportunity at the State Public Health Laboratory. Located in Rocky Hill, CT, the State Public Health Laboratory offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth.
Within the Department of Public Health, Laboratory Division, the Microbiologist 1 will train in all areas of the Virology/Serology section of the laboratory to provide accurately and timely diagnosis for a variety of diseases. Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to pre- and post-analytical processing of specimens for testing, serological and molecular testing utilizing a variety of methodologies and instrument platforms, communication with healthcare providers to call out significant results and follow up on missing patient and specimen information. Other responsibilities include instrument and equipment maintenance and calibration, maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies and reagents, and following universal laboratory precautions for cleaning and proper disposable of biohazardous waste materials.
The Virology/Serology laboratory provides comprehensive diagnostic testing services for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Syphilis, Herpes, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea for underserved patients in Connecticut who have limited or no health insurance. The laboratory validates and implements current testing methodologies for HIV, Hepatitis C and STDs that follow diagnostic testing algorithms recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories. In addition, the Virology/Serology laboratory provides rabies testing on domestic and wildlife animals involved with human exposure for the state of Connecticut. Rabies testing done at the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) Laboratory allows the DPH to monitor the occurrence of rabies among wild and domestic animals. Results are also important to guide the medical management of patients exposed to potentially rabid animals. The Virology/Serology laboratory also plays an important role in providing diagnostic testing in humans for current and newly emerging Arbovirus related infections including Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This involves validating and implementing laboratory developed serological assays in response to new outbreaks.
The State Public Health Laboratory provides employment designed to ensure work/life balance. This is a full-time, first shift, thirty-five (35) hour per week position with a typical work schedule of Monday through Friday with opportunities for flex scheduling.
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.
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.
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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.
All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Chelsea Moore at Chelsea.Moore@ct.gov.
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.
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.
- Experience in a clinical laboratory environment utilizing serological, virologic and molecular techniques for the detection or identification of viral and bacterial agents such as HIV, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, rabies, and arboviruses
- Experience with laboratory policies, procedures and protocols needed to meet clinical regulatory requirements
- Experience with manual and automated clinical test platforms and instruments, including maintenance and trouble-shooting capabilities
- Experience with Laboratory Quality Assurance/Quality Control principles and practices
- Experience following safety policies and procedures, including a comprehensive understanding of Biosafety Level 2 and Biosafety Level 3 laboratory practices
- Experience following written and verbal instruction from supervisory level and senior staff
- Experience using interpersonal communication skills with internal and external public health partners, other operating units, and healthcare providers regarding laboratory policies, procedures, test methods performed and interpretation of analytical results
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.
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.