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Micro-Biologist

Date Posted:  May 19, 2022
Requisition ID:  346161
Location: 

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.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

Next-level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

 

About the Indiana State Department of Health (IDOH):
The Indiana State Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.

 

 

Salary:
The salary for this position traditionally starts at $39,910.00 per year but maybe commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

As the Microbiologist, you will be responsible for coordinating and performing the full range of microbiological examinations and analyses including culture, biochemical tests, EIA, serotyping, PCR, and WGS of clinical specimens for isolation and identification of enteric bacteria including but not limited to Salmonella, E.coli, Shigella, Vibrio, Listeria and Campylobacter. This role will also be responsible for the documentation of all quality control and quality assurance activities according to CLIA regulations. In addition, this position may cross-train in other areas of the lab that may include molecular, microbiological, viral, serological, and other techniques to support routine testing and provide backup capacity.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Conducting examinations of samples and/or reference samples for analyses such as but not limited to, molecular detection or isolation and identification of microorganisms/toxins or their antigens/nucleic acids.
  • Strictly follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results.
  • Extraction of nucleic acids from specimens, isolates, and samples via a variety of manual and automated methods;
  • Utilize molecular techniques such as, but not limited to, PCR, sequencing, MALDI-TOF, and WGS;
  • Evaluate, interpret, and validate laboratory results and reports findings.
  • Maintain laboratory record system of submitted samples and specimens and their possible referral.
  • Conduct quality control checks on laboratory methods, materials, and equipment in strict adherence to the laboratory's quality control policies. 
  • Maintain an inventory of laboratory supplies and order as needed to ensure testing needs are met. 
  • Assist in preparations of epidemiological and/or statistical reports from data compiled on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis.
  • Maintain competency in all trained areas.
  • Testing personnel responsibilities (493.1495 Standard):
    • The testing personnel are responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results.
      • Each individual performs only those high complexity tests that are authorized by the laboratory director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual’s education, training or experience, and technical abilities.
      • Each individual performing high complexity testing must—
      • Follow the laboratory’s procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results; 
      • Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens;
      • Adhere to the laboratory’s quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed;
      • Follow the laboratory’s established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory’s established acceptable levels of performance;
      • Be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify the general supervisor, technical supervisor, clinical consultant, or director;
      • Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications; and
      • Except as specified in paragraph (c) of this section, if qualified under §493.1489(b)(5), perform high complexity testing only under the onsite, direct supervision of a general supervisor qualified under § 493.1461.
  • Exception. For individuals qualified under § 493.1489(b)(5), who were performing high complexity testing on or before January 19, 1993, the requirements of paragraph (b)(7) of this section are not effective, provided that all high complexity testing performed by the individual in the absence of a general supervisor is reviewed within 24 hours by a general supervisor qualified under § 493.1461.

The job profile 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 with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of microbiology and related sub- specialties;
  • Specialized knowledge of current scientific methods and testing procedures and the ability to apply them when seeking solutions to public health laboratory problems;
  • Specialized knowledge of and ability to use a full range of standard technical equipment, complex scientific apparatus, and automated techniques of analysis;
  • Extensive knowledge of laboratory safety practices and principles;
  • Aware of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies concerning the program area (i.e. CLIA); 
  • Ability to meet requirements for personnel certification as a technologist pursuant to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing and maintain productive working relationships;
  • Ability to satisfactorily participate in proficiency testing programs and recognize QA problems;
  • Ability to compile, analyze, evaluate, and prepare laboratory reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans.
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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