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State of Massachusetts Lead Bacteriology Microbiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks an experienced individual to perform complex molecular assays to sequence bacterial isolates, determine genetic relatedness between isolates, and characterize by serotype. Within the MA State Public Health Laboratory, this position will oversee aspects of whole genome sequencing surveillance activities for PulseNet, Genome Tracker, and the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN). Other duties include assisting with the development and optimization of protocols and analysis tools related surveillance-based sequencing of other organisms such as mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC) and/neisseria gonorrhoeae. /The individual will cross train in sequencing of viral pathogens for surge testing needs. Key duties include ensuring required quality control metrics are met and established and approved bioinformatics pipelines are applied for data analysis. This position will require work in the BSL-3 laboratory. In the context of work in a BSL-3 environment the successful candidate must understand the following: * All Tier 1 Staff will undergo a security risk assessment (SRA), which includes signing a confidentiality statement, and renewal every three years. * Working conditions include potential exposure to infectious agents. * All Tier 1 designated staff who may be exposed to Tier 1 Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) must complete OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix C), be evaluated and determined able to wear a respirator before working in any HSLI laboratory (Tier 1, non Tier1, and non SAT) that requires a respirator. All Tier 1 designated staff are subject to ongoing suitability assessment to ensure compliance with federal regulations regarding Tier 1 Select Agents. Failure to pass the SRA and/or suitability assessment required for access to Tier 1 BSAT may result in being laid off if no other resolution is reached. _Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Develops, performs, and supervises molecular diagnostic testing in the Next Generation Sequencing Laboratory to support surveillance and characterization of infectious disease outbreaks of either viral or bacterial agents of public health concern. * May utilize commercial and/or academic bioinformatics tools approved for whole genome and partial genome sequence analysis. * Follow the quality management program requirements to ensure that all certification and accreditation requirements, including training and competency, are met. * Assigns work and monitors quality indicators to ensure the accuracy of tests performed. * Perform quality control activities including verification or validation, routine quality control, and proficiency testing, as assigned. * Maintain laboratory equipment and report equipment problems according to procedures. * Comply with agency policy regarding safety, security, and protection in the working environment in accordance with the laboratory’s procedures and policies. * Perform all laboratory work (e.g., testing procedures, safety protocols, quality assurance protocols) according to written standard operating procedures. * Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment by determining when such supplies, equipment and chemicals must be ordered, and by writing purchases orders to maintain proper supply levels. * Cross trains in other laboratory sections as necessary to meet operational needs of the laboratory. _Required Qualifications:_ * Knowledge of basic microbiological, immunological, and molecular biology techniques. These include knowledge of basic microbial culture techniques, biochemical tests, serology, sequencing, and nucleic acid-based detection assays. * Comprehension of the quality assurance practices (e.g., equipment maintenance, proficiency testing, method validation, staff competency, following standard operating procedures) specific to test methods in a diagnostic setting. * Capability to perform calculations, measurements, and unit conversion calculations. * Able to effectively and professionally communicate orally and in writing and prepare concise technical reports. * Capacity to follow work instructions and either work independently or in a team environment. * Skilled to read and interpret technical manuals, journal articles, and other formal scientific materials. * Ability to recommend updates to written standard operating procedures. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Prior experience with an array of laboratory techniques for generating sequencing data from different organisms, as well as, a diverse experience with both low through put and automated instrumentation is desirable. * Develop presentations for training and informing other laboratorians and partners. _Special Requirements:_ * Willingness to work under conditions of potential exposure to infectious agents. * Willingness to sign a confidentiality statement upon hire. _About the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS):_ The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL). Infectious disease response services address concerns of the general public as well as those disproportionately affected by infectious disease through a variety of risk factors. BIDLS administers ongoing disease reporting for over 90 reportable diseases in the state. Disease reporting review and follow-up with clinical providers and local boards of health is a central function of the bureau. Surveillance activity is complemented by an extensive contracted service system. These services are funded through state and federal resources and include prevention education, community outreach screening for infectious disease, immunization services, health service navigation, medical case management, insurance enrollment, housing assistance, and referral and linkage to infectious disease treatment. The SPHL provides scientific expertise and capacity to identify infectious agents, chemical agents, and other toxins that cause human disease. The SPHL is an active partner in joint activities with other bureaus/agencies such as environmental health, food and drug, agriculture, disease prevention and health promotion programs, and public safety. The SPHL is a reference laboratory of the national Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent laboratory. SPHL staff work closely with laboratory and disease prevention programs at the CDC, and partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). _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__ * _Pre-Hire 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 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. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the 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 seven (7) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, academic research or technical experience for which the major duties had included laboratory analysis and the interpretation of laboratory results, and proficiency in instrumentation and diagnostic laboratory testing, of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a supervisory, administrative or leadership capacity, or (C) 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. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, medical technology, biology or related scientific field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience. II. A Master’s degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, medical technology, biology or related scientific field, may be substituted for three (3) year of the required (A) experience. III. A Doctoral degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, medical technology or related scientific field, may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Science* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Lead Bacteriology Microbiologist Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street Requisition ID: 22000D0G