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Micro-Biologist

Date Posted:  Jan 18, 2022
Requisition ID:  294421
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

 

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. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

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 Information:
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $39,910.00.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.
 

About the Job:

This position will be responsible to oversee the ISDH Media lab production of reagents, production of media items (including many agar based plates/tubes, liquid medium types, buffers), and preparation of components used in ISDH transport kits sent to submitters throughout the state.  The position will update media formulations into the appropriate format for approval and entry into the laboratory document control system.  This individual will work to improve the process of ordering materials for the media preparation lab and work with the Containers section to coordinate storage and use of tubes, plates, and glassware. This position will be responsible for maintaining compliance to ISO 17025:2005, EPA and CLIA requirements throughout the media preparation laboratory. This position will maintain/oversee electronic storage of records, formulations, orders, and ordering using SharePoint. The microbiologist will have the opportunity to be cross-trained in other areas and serve as a backup for other testing areas. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Conducts/oversee established production of well defined chemical, bacteriological reagents/media types. 
  • Maintain compliance for ISO 17025:2005, EPA and CLIA when indicated.
  • Maintain/oversee electronic storage of records, formulations, orders, and ordering in SharePoint.
  • Handles glassware containing contaminated material prior to sterilization or disposal. 
  • Performs duties in support of operations such as sample log in, filing lab notes, and preparation of biochemicals reagents, specialized culture media/reagents for a variety of laboratory examinations. 
  • Records data/results of preparations/analyses on prescribed forms and prepares applicable reports.   
  • Performs data gathering for certain types of equipment for quality control purposes.
  • Operates laboratory equipment and maintains supplies. 
  • Logs in and prepares formulations/samples for the use in the appropriate laboratory area as requested. 
  • Assists intra-agency/professional staff with supply inventory.
  • Assists in competency testing and recording. 
  • Capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either correcting the problems or immediately notifying the general supervisor, technical supervisor or director.
  • Documenting all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.
  • Participation in evaluation and implementation of new products and testing methods used in Media lab  laboratory or other microbiology lab area as assigned

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:

  • Some knowledge of current scientific methods, protocols, testing procedures, and the ability to apply them when seeking solutions to public health laboratory problems.
  • Broad 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).
  • Some knowledge of standard laboratory techniques, manual as well as automated systems. 
  • Broad knowledge of basic laboratory preparation techniques (dilution culture media) as well as equipment operation (centrifuges, microscopes, pipettors, autoclaves, and pH meters).  
  • Ability to read and follow instructions for the preparation of culture media, reagents, test kits, and specimens. 
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail that ensures work accuracy and reproducible results. 
  • Ability to perform administrative support tasks such as inventory, data entry and report preparation and filing. 
  • Basic knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, common laboratory procedures and laboratory terminology associated with assignments in the laboratory. 
  • Some knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of microbiology and related sub-specialty such as mycobacteriology, molecular biology, mycology and bacteriology.
  • General knowledge and compliance with all hospital, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to laboratory operations (e.g. CLIA, HIPAA, Blood Borne Pathogen, etc.).
  • Work may include moderately complex procedures requiring the application of some technical knowledge in many instances.  
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing and maintain productive working relationships.
  • Ability to satisfactorily participate in proficiency testing program as needed.
  • 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) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the 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 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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