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Date Posted:  Nov 4, 2019
Requisition ID:  26620

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.


About Indiana State Department of Health

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


The starting salary for this position is $38,558.00. Salary for this position is commensurate with education and job experience.


About the Job:

The Microbiologist utilizes technical expertise in the performance of complex microbiological analyses of human and/or animal body fluids or tissues and the reporting of test results to the submitting physician, veterinarian, clinic, hospital or public health agency.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • 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.
        (a)    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 and must:
            (1)    Follow the laboratory’s procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results; 
            (2)    Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens;
            (3)    Adhere to the laboratory’s quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed;
            (4)    Follow the laboratory’s established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory’s established acceptable levels of performance;
            (5)    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;
            (6)    Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications; and
            (7)    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.

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 We're Looking For:
  • Must have at least 2 years of high complexity laboratory experience as testing personnel, and the training required to provide oversight of the daily performance of high complexity testing in the specific area in which they work.
What You'll Need For Success:
  • 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 effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing and maintain productive working relationships;
  • Ability to satisfactorily participate in proficiency testing programs;
  • 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:

  • 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

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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