|Requesting Department||HEALTH-Clinical Services|
|Open Date||6/29/2022 09:45:00 AM|
|Filing Deadline||7/22/2022 11:59:00 PM|
|HR Analyst||Nola Nelson|
- Use microbiological and molecular methods to identify and detect microorganisms in a variety of clinical and environmental matrices.
- Using the laboratory information management system (LIMS), manage, analyze, and process samples through all phases of testing.
- Report and release test results to clients, including those reportable to state and federal agencies.
- Identify, resolve, and document problems related to technical duties and assigned responsibilities.
- Utilize laboratory information management system (LIMS) for pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical phases of laboratory testing.
- Follow established inventory management and audit processes, including receipt and inspection of samples and supplies.
- Recognize and report corrective actions relative to non-conforming events (NCEs) in laboratory processes; participate in root cause analysis and identification of corrective actions.
- Participate in Continual Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts.
- Participate in the MHD medical/clinical branch and sectional meetings.
- Comply with applicable laws, regulations and guidance governing all aspects of laboratory testing, including testing, safety, and patient confidentiality.
- Perform and provide reports on annual proficiency testing.
- Comply with testing policies and procedures regarding protected information (HIPAA).
- Maintain and document annual competency assessments in all assigned work areas.
- Participate in regulatory audits.
- Maintain technical records, assist with data requests, and provide technical support to partners.
- Follow OSHA safety guidelines, bloodborne pathogen standards, the MHD Laboratory Safety Manual, and other local, state and national standard laboratory safety and best practice guidance.
- Recognize and report all safety incidents and hazards to management.
Conditions of Employment
- The Microbiologist must be willing and able to do the
- Wear a particulate respirator (N95 or higher), and have a respirator fit test annually;
- Have a TB skin test annually;
- Participate in the Federal Select Agent Program (Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002);
- Obtain FBI background clearance; and
- Lift up to 25 pounds.
- This is a first-shift position; however, public health and security emergencies may require Microbiologists to be available during non-standard hours and/or weekends.
- While performing the duties of this job, employees may be exposed to infectious agents or toxic laboratory chemicals.
- The Microbiologist is considered essential staff during this public health emergency.
- Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, molecular biology, public health microbiology, medical technology, or a closely related biological science from an accredited college or university.
- Recent laboratory experience as a microbiologist, including at least one year independently conducting microbiological testing in a clinical, environmental, and/or public health setting.
- Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment.
Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.
- One of the following nationally recognized certifications
within one year of employment:
- Microbiology (M) – American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification
- Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) - American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification
- Molecular Biology (MB) – American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification
- Specialist in Microbiology (SM) – American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification
- National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (ASM)
- Experience in molecular techniques.
- Skill in using specialized computer applications, such as sequence analysis software.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics
- Knowledge of general microbiology and the ability to apply diagnostic microbiology procedures to identify and detect microorganisms.
- Knowledge of and the ability to perform quality control and quality assurance practices in a microbiologic laboratory setting.
- Ability to connect components for environmental and/or clinical microbiology with factors impacting public health.
- Knowledge of laboratory bio-safety and bio-security, and ability to assure relevant practice.
- Knowledge of basic mathematics and statistics; ability to make accurate calculations.
- Ability to read, follow, and interpret complex documents, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and scientific publications.
- Verbal communication skills to present and convey information effectively.
- Written communication skills in order to document work and create reports.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse staff, external agencies, and clients.
- Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with people whose backgrounds may differ from one's own.
- Ability to work well both independently and as part of a synergistic professional team.
- Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
- Skill in using computer applications such as MS Office software, spreadsheet, the internet, and job-related databases (i.e., LIMS).
- Judgment and decision-making skills.
- Planning, organizational, and time management skills.
- Ability to stay abreast of best practices in microbiology through ongoing professional development and continuing education activities.
- Ability to respond to sensitive inquiries or complaints effectively.
- Honesty, integrity, and ability to maintain patient and laboratory confidentiality.