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Micro-Biologist

Date Posted:  Jul 26, 2022
Requisition ID:  382827
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.

 

About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):


The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.
 

Salary:

 

This position traditionally starts at $39,910 per year and may be commensurate with education and work experience.
 

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

 

About the Job:

As the Microbiologist, you will be responsible for performing the full range of examinations and analyses, recording, interpreting, and result reporting of tests on human body fluids, tissues (human and animal), clinical specimens, microbiological isolates, or environmental samples submitted to the biological preparedness laboratory area. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Conduct procedures of clinical specimens and/or reference samples/food samples/environmental samples  for serological analysis or isolation and identification of micro-organisms or their antigens/nucleic acids.  
  • Evaluate, interpret, and validate laboratory results and reports findings to the submitter. 
  • Organize and plan identification schemes for examination of organisms not fitting regular schemes. 
  • Evaluate quality control checks on laboratory methods, materials, and equipment. 
  • Coordinate the preparation of media, reagents, stains, supplies and other materials used in the transport, examination, and analysis process. 
  • Prepare epidemiological and statistical reports from data compiled on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis. 
  • Development, preparation and updating of procedural manuals on methods, instrumentation, and quality assurance. 
  • Participate in training programs as a planner or instructor at workshops and conferences for private and public laboratory personnel. 
  • Initiate special research projects designed to test and improve microbiological methods and procedures. 
  • Participate in testing evaluation of new products used in clinical/reference laboratory work. 
  • Work with local laboratories and other health department staff to ensure their use of adequate materials, techniques, methods, and procedures. 
  • May appear at legal proceedings as an expert witness. 

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:

This position is part of the Indiana Department of Health Laboratory, Biological Preparedness Program and will have in-depth knowledge and ability to perform laboratory associated assays or the ability to learn these techniques upon successful completion of proficiency testing.  Representative duties include:

  • conducting examination of samples and/or reference samples for analyses such as, but not limited to, serological analysis or isolation and identification of microorganisms/toxins or their antigens/nucleic acids;
  • maintains laboratory record system of submitted samples & specimens and their possible referral; 
  • evaluates, interprets, and validates laboratory results and reports findings;
  • develops and maintains specimen inventory storage systems;
  • conducts quality control checks on laboratory methods, materials, and equipment;
  • assists with preparation of epidemiological and/or statistical reports from data compiled on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis;
  • participates in evaluation of new products used in clinical/reference laboratory work;
  • 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.

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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