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003BD1 - Laboratory Tech 1

Date Posted:  Jan 6, 2022
Requisition ID:  300483

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46202

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Indiana Department of Health Laboratories:

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) maintains the State Health Laboratories for the support of State Public Health, Environmental and Food Protection programs.  The State Health Laboratories provide specific, high quality, and necessary laboratory tests, test data, and test interpretations to federal, state, and local health, environmental, and food protection programs. The data from these tests is required for effective and efficient detection and response to public health, environmental and food protection emergencies and for surveillance and detection of communicable diseases, environmental hazards and their health effects, and food contaminations and their health effects.



This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $28,366. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

​​As the Laboratory Technician, you will be responsible for assisting the labs by providing clients/customers with the needed supplies to obtain both clinical specimens and environmental samples to the labs for testing. You will provide essential support services that allows the laboratory staff and the field investigators to perform their public health functions in the Indiana Department of Health Laboratories.   You will receive specimens or samples and conduct established chemical, bacteriological, viral or microscopic procedures within the Indiana Department of Health Laboratories. 

A Day in the Life:

​The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Log specimens/samples into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).   
  • Check and prepare all received sample paperwork or Chain of Custody forms for accuracy and completeness. 
  • Prepare bottles, reagents, and specialized culture media for a variety of laboratory examinations as requested. Keeps appropriate documentation.  
  • Record results of analyses on prescribed forms and prepares applicable reports. 
  • Handle and clean glassware containing contaminated material prior to sterilization or disposal. 
  • Design and perform comparative procedures necessary for quality control to provide reporting for administrative review. 
  • Operate and maintain basic laboratory equipment and supplies. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  

What You'll Need for Success:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • A High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE) plus two (2) years of relevant experience. 
  • Ability to check and maintain proper Chain of Custody Forms. 
  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers in a team environment to perform the routine login and processing of environmental and other samples. 
  • Ability to maintain laboratory records in compliance with regulations. 
  • Ability to cross-train in other testing areas to maintain workflow in times of staff shortages and workload surges. 
  • Broad knowledge to conduct a wide range of established laboratory procedures both manual and automated 
  • Specialized knowledge of standard laboratory techniques and laboratory safety.  
  • Broad knowledge of basic laboratory preparation techniques (dilution culture media) as well as equipment operation (balances, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettes, autoclaves, and pH meters).  
  • Broad knowledge and compliance with all State and Federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to laboratory operations (e.g. CLIA, EPA, FDA, USDA, HIPPA, Blood Borne Pathogen, etc.). 
  • Working knowledge of common laboratory procedures in the chemistry and/or microbiology laboratory with knowledge of terminology associated with assignments in the laboratory.  
  • Working knowledge on current advancements in laboratory sample preparation and/or analysis as well as relevant equipment.  
  • Ability to read and follow instructions for the preparation of culture media, reagents, test kits, and specimens.  
  • Must be detail oriented.  
  • Ability to perform administrative support tasks such as inventory, data entry and report preparation and filing.  

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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