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Recruitment #17-001093-0002




MDH, Laboratories Administration, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to function as a Lead Public Health Laboratory Scientist to subordinate Public Health Laboratory Scientist(s) in the Molecular Diagnostics/Bioterrorism Unit of the Division of Molecular Biology. This position assigns duties and reviews work of other scientists. This position performs molecular biology based assays, LRN assays, and some traditional virology assays for detection of potential bioterrorism agents and other infectious bacterial/viral agents on clinical specimens and animal/environmental samples. This position interprets and reports the results of testing to Epidemiologists/submitters. This work is performed as part of the Laboratories Administration's quality public health laboratory activities to promote, protect, and preserve the health and well-being of the people in Maryland from communicable/infectious diseases in conjunction with CDC Federal Homeland Security Grant.


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


1. Additional graduate education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of thirty 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.


  • Candidates must possess a Bachelor of Science degree in the biological sciences with a minimum of one course in molecular biology and one course in biochemistryA copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) MUST accompany your application; cannot award credit without proper documentation.  Please attach at time of application.
  • Candidates must possess a minimum of two years of experience performing molecular biology based testing in a Biosafety Level 2 and/or Biosafety level 3 laboratory.
  • Candidate must be able to obtain medical clearance to wear N95 and/or PAPR respiratory devise as required to perform testing in the BSL-3 laboratory.
  • Candidate must be able to receive any vaccinations required to perform BT testing assays (i.e. smallpox); and, must be able to obtain federal clearances as part of the Tier 1 Biological Select Agent & Toxin Program.


The successful applicant should have experience handling potentially infectious pathogens, familiarity with biosafety risk assessment, and a sound knowledge of the principles of molecular biology based assay.


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. Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.

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

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If unable to upload, please fax requested information only 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.

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

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.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.



As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.