2463 Microbiologist II

Recruitment #PBT-2463-106933


This is a Position Based Test administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

11/12/2020 - Announcement deadline extended for further recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time, but not earlier than 5:00 pm on November 13, 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.  

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), Disease and Prevention Control Department is accepting applications for one (1) full time position in class 2463 Microbiologist II to work for the San Francisco Public Health Laboratories.

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this class for the duration of the eligible list.

Position Description:

Under direction of the Laboratory Director, the 2463 Microbiologist II performs laboratory work, diagnostic testing and analysis of the general and difficult phases of bacteriology, parasitology, serology, molecular and related laboratory tests and examinations. The Microbiologist II also supervises subordinate personnel.  The essential functions of the Microbiologist II include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs qualitative and quantitative diagnostic sample analysis on human specimens, food sources and products, or environmental samples, utilizing serologic, molecular, agglutination and biochemical testing methods for the detection of bacterial, parasitic or viral infections and exposures;
  • Monitors and evaluates conditions of specimen and test materials for adherence to laboratory procedures and best practices;
  • Prepares specimens and performs microscopy in the examination of slides of smears, cultures and concentrates of acid-fast bacilli. Perform drug-susceptibility testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other organisms;
  • Tabulates and maintains accurate records of laboratory tests and submits detailed paper or electronic reports to appropriate submitters. Maintain organizational policy of patient confidentiality;
  • Maintains inventory of laboratory supplies and reagents including inspection and documentation of received shipments;
  • Performs routine equipment maintenance and document records including daily checks, calibration, quality controls, and troubleshooting measures;
  • Maintains professional communication with technical support, coworkers, and internal and external clients including, patients, physicians, and other clinical laboratory personnel;
  • Performs proficiency testing in accordance to federal regulation;
  • Oversees the setting up and maintenance of laboratory equipment, preparation of solutions, reagents and other media, maintenance of accurate and detailed laboratory records, and the preparation of and submission of reports. Provides technical advice in the operation and maintenance of diagnostic test methods and equipment;
  • Examines and interprets quality control data; Develops and maintains Standard Operating Procedures; responsible for the execution, analysis, and write-up of verification and validation methods of new diagnostic assays and equipment; competently evaluate and modify workflow processes for continuous quality improvement and preventative action;
  • Gathers data for epidemiological or research purposes, and evaluates and researches new methods and makes recommendations for their use;
  • Maintains training and competency documentation and procedures for staff assigned to laboratory section;
  • Oversees quality assurance activities for assigned laboratory section; and
  • Supervises both professional and non-professional subordinate laboratory personnel.

 The 2463 Microbiologist II performs other related duties as assigned/required.

Please note that the duties listed above are cumulative. Microbiologist II incumbents may be directed to perform any of the Level I duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in medical or public, health bacteriology or microbiology; AND

Experience: Two (2) years of experience as a microbiologist; AND

License and Certification:  A valid certificate as a public health microbiologist issued by the state board of health.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications: The stated desirable qualifications listed below may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring

  • Well experienced in Molecular Biology
  • Ability to design primers and probes
  • Ability to validate/verify LDTs (Laboratory Developed Tests)/Assign LODs (Limit of Detection)
  • Experience giving presentations of the developed LDTs (Laboratory Developed Tests)
  • Willingness to uphold/abide by ZSFG’s ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit) philosophy for employee and patient interactions: https://zuckerbergsanfranciscogeneral.org/about-us/.

Verification of Experience: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#verification

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.


Verification of Education: If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco


How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Juliette Soto by telephone at (415)554-2915, or by email at Juliette.Soto@sfdph.org


Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.


Supplemental Questionnaire Exam (Weight: 100%)
pplicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be sent a Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ) Exam that is designed to measure the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job related areas which may include, but is not limited to the following: knowledge of the fundamentals of bacteriology, parasitology, serology, mycology, virology and hematology and of related laboratory procedures and technique; knowledge of the cultivation, isolation, and identification of micro-organisms found in specimens; knowledge of current laws, regulations and practices pertinent to public health laboratories such as Title 17 or Title 22 of the California Administrative Code; ability to use and care for various items of laboratory equipment commonly used in a medical laboratory; record keeping; supervision; ability to make difficult and important laboratory tests and analyses with speed and accuracy; and/or oral communication.

Information regarding the Supplemental Questionnaire Exam will be sent to the email address listed on the applicant's online application. Applicants will be required to respond to the Supplemental Questionnaire in the time frame indicated and must submit the completed questionnaire as directed in order to have it evaluated. Once submitted, responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed. Applicants will be evaluated based on their SQ responses and a passing score must be achieved on the SQ Exam in order to continue in the recruitment process. Candidates who achieve a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their Supplemental Questionnaire Examination score.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


  1. Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.
  2. Licensure/Certification/Registration:  Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OSPHLD/LFS/Pages/licensesearch.aspx 
  3. Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR): The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.
  4. Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing. Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a FaceFitting Respirator.
  5. Medical Examination/Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test. 
  6. Terms of Announcement:Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.
    The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.
  7. General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

  8. Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

  9. Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

  10. Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

  11. Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

  12. Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
    Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:

Exam Type:  CPE
Issued:  October 30, 2020
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-2463-106933
DPH/TS/415-554-2919/DHR POS. No.



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