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State of Massachusetts Molecular Diagnostics Microbiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory seeks a skilled and dedicated laboratorian with a strong background in Molecular Diagnostic techniques. The selected candidate will perform laboratory tests on human specimens using molecular techniques for pathogens of public health importance, including SARS-CoV-2, respiratory pathogens, vaccine-preventable diseases, and other emerging infectious diseases. Also the incumbent will conduct tests on mosquito, avian, equine, and human specimens for evidence of arboviral infections, and may test human and environmental biothreat agents requiring select agent clearance. _Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Perform RT-PCR for clinical diagnostic and surveillance on a broad range of pathogens of public health importance. * Perform screening tests to detect biothreat agents, arboviruses, and other infectious diseases in a BSL 3 laboratory setting and provide surge testing support to the laboratory section. * Report results accurately and completely within the laboratory information management system(s) and prepares weekly reports as required. * Perform quality control activities including verification or validation, routine quality control, and proficiency testing, as assigned. * Follow the quality management program requirements to ensure that all certification and accreditation requirements, including training and competency, are met. * Perform all laboratory work (e.g., testing procedures, safety protocols, quality assurance protocols) according to written standard operating procedures. * Comply with agency policy regarding safety, security, and protection in the working environment in accordance with the laboratory’s procedures and policies for biological, chemical, and radiologic agents. * Communicate with submitters according to procedures regarding specimen collection, packaging, shipping, and transportation of specimens transported to the laboratory. * Ensure the laboratory areas and reagents are contamination-free and problems with laboratory equipment are reported according to procedures. * Provide supervision, as needed, for seasonal or temp staff to support supervisor. * Attend and participate in meetings in support of program activities and/or safety committee participation. * Perform related duties as required to include but not limited to participation/contribution to LIMS implementation and processes associated with building renovation. * This position also includes on-call duties with compensated standby pay. _Required Qualifications:_ * Knowledge of the concepts and theories of microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology. * Understanding 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. * Knowledge of the quality assurance practices (e.g., equipment maintenance, proficiency testing, method validation, staff competency, following standard operating procedures) specific to microbiology, immunological, and molecular biology test methods in a diagnostic setting. * Ability to perform calculations, measurements, and unit conversion calculations. * Knowledge of the principles and policies governing professional ethics and rules of conduct. _Additional Qualifications:_ * Willingness to work under conditions of potential exposure to infectious agents. * Willingness to sign a confidentiality statement upon hire. * All Tier 1 designated staff who may be exposed to a Tier 1 Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) must complete OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix C) and be evaluated and to wear a respirator before working in any MA SPHL laboratory ( Tier 1, non Tier 1 and non SAT) that requires a respirator. * All Tier 1 designated staff are subject to ongoing suitability program to ensure the reliability of the personnel with access to Tier 1 Select Agents to ensure that they continue to merit access to Tier 1 agents by meeting safety requirements and safeguarding the select agents from theft, loss or release. * All Tier 1 Staff will undergo a security risk assessment (SRA) and renew it every three years. _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 Heal_th_ * _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _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. 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 three (3) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or academic research experience in microbiology, molecular biology, or medical laboratory technology, or (B) 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. Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, biology, medical laboratory technology, or equivalent scientific field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. II. A Master’s degree or higher with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, biology or equivalent scientific field may be substituted for the required experience. 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. Job: Science* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Molecular Diagnostics Microbiologist Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street Requisition ID: 210008JJ