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Recruitment #22-001093-0007




MDH, Laboratory Services, Baltimore, MD


This position will function as a Lead Public Health Laboratory Scientist to subordinate Public Health Laboratory Scientist(s) in the Core Sequencing Unit of the Division of Molecular Biology. This position assigns duties and reviews work of other scientists. This position performs molecular biology-based assays using the whole genome sequencing methodologies on Illumina platform and virus sequencing on Sanger platform for detection of infectious bacterial, fungal viral agents recovered from clinical specimens and animal/environmental samples and potential bioterrorism agents. 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. The testing is performed in conjunction with CDC federal initiative focused on Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) including antimicrobial resistance (AMR), CDC HIV Surveillance Grant, and other federally funded infectious initiatives coordinated by the Maryland Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration and the CDC Emerging Infections Program.


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: 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. 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 selected candidate must possess the following:
  • 2 years experience performing whole genome (WGS)/ next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques


The desired candiate should possess the following:
  • Experience working in a CMS/ CLIA regulated laboratory at Biosafety level 2 performing molecular based testing to detect and/or characterize human infectious agents of public health importance
  • Experience using bioinformatics to analyze WGS/ NGS sequencing data for molecular epidemiology applications


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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