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Biosafety Outreach Officer/ LRN Scientist (Full-Time Contractual)

Recruitment #24-001086-0005





MDH, Laboratory Services, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This full time contractual position will provide workforce related training to Maryland Department of Health Laboratories Administration staff and external agencies on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health Laboratories Administration. This position will also assist the Laboratories Administration’s Biosafety Officer, Safety and Security Officer, and Principal Investigators (PI’s) to conduct both internal and external laboratory biosafety risk assessments, to develop risk mitigation plans for Maryland Department of Health Laboratories Administration, local health departments, and healthcare partners. This position will conduct analyses, and interpret and report test results on specimens submitted to the State public health laboratory for the detection and characterization of emerging and reemerging infectious agents (e.g. Ebola, MERSCoV) using microbiology and molecular biology-based technologies at Biosafety Level-2 (BSL-2) and BSL-3 according to LRN-B protocols. These activities are funded to ultimately improve our Laboratory’s capability to respond to high consequence emerging pathogens (e.g. Ebola, MERS CoV) and to improve biosafety and communication in both the public health laboratory and in private sentinel clinical laboratories.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Medical Technology, Pharmacy or Zoology from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two years of experience working in a chemistry laboratory performing analytical tests on environmental, biological or multi-matrix samples; or two years of experience working in a medical or public health laboratory performing diagnostic or public health testing on human specimens.


1. Candidates may substitute additional graduate education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours in the above noted disciplines for each year of the required experience for up to two years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Science Research Officer classifications or Medical Laboratory Specialists specialty codes in the Science related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


The desired candidate should possess the following:
  • Experience working within a public health or clinical laboratory
  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Office Suites
  • Experience planning, organizing and coordinating work assignments
  • Experience with Biological Safety Level (BSL)-2 and BSL-3 operations


Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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