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Microbiologist Supervisor

Date Posted:  Oct 6, 2021
Requisition ID:  269926

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. 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 $52,312.00 but be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

The Micro-Biologist Supervisor functions as a technical and administrative supervisor within the Indiana Department of Health Laboratories, Biothreat-Clinical Microbiology and Environmental Virology Division. In order to accomplish position responsibilities, the individual will be required to consult and advise subordinates in assuring accurate laboratory result reporting, adherence to state and federal regulations, and prompt addressing and resolution of problem issues

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Adheres to DHS' Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP) for quality practices, systems, methods, measurements, and assessments that applies to the laboratory operations element of the BioWatch Program and addresses quality-affecting activities that occur from receipt of samples at the laboratory through analysis, reporting, and archival.
  • Support the Laboratory Director in the generation and execution of a corrective action plan in     accordance with the BioWatch Laboratory QAPP to address any findings from the BioWatch     Quality Assurance program audits, proficiency tests, or data trend analysis;
  • 7 day/week monitoring, with weekend and holiday work required; 
  • Monitors, assigns and coordinates the work of subordinate employees, as well as provides technical assistance in order to establish continuity in staff responsibilities;
  • Generates and maintains documentation in accordance with SOPs and the QAPP;
  • Develops, maintains and communicates BioWatch personnel work schedules;
  • Ensures training of new employees; 
  • Conduct refresher training when protocols are updated, and as required;
  • Review inventory and order consumable supplies and reagents, maintaining a minimum three month supply;
  • Ensures competency of all laboratorians by observing personnel on a quarterly basis;
  • Establishes and incorporates into daily operations, division standards and policies ensuring subordinates follow all requirements for quality control adherence;
  • Ensures staff are aware of federal and state requirements and rules for laboratory work (e.g. Blood Borne Pathogen--BBP, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act—CLIA), DHS QAPP;
  • Resolves technical problems and ensures that remedial actions are taken whenever test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications;
  • Troubleshoots technical/laboratory issues in conjunction with Quality Assurance Director,  Division     Director and Laboratory Director;
  • Ensures  subordinate microbiologists are cross-trained in areas of BT-Clinical Microbiology, Virology/Serology and Environmental Microbiology Divisions;
  • Evaluates the competency of all testing personnel and assures the staff maintain their competency to perform test procedures and report test results promptly, accurately and proficiently. The procedures for evaluation of the competency of the staff must include, but are not limited to:
    • Direct observations of routine test performance, including specimen handling, processing and testing; 
    • Monitoring the recording and reporting of test results;
    • Review of intermediate test results or worksheets, quality control records, proficiency testing results, and preventive maintenance records;
    • Direct observation of performance of instrument maintenance and function checks;

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.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Thorough knowledge of molecular biology
  • Thorough understanding of any applicable federal and state laws and rules that relate directly to the agency mission;
  • Extensive knowledge of laboratory procedures, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), proficiency testing and validation requirements;
  • Broad understanding of programmatically responsible laboratory equipment and how to troubleshoot when data is questionable;
  • Broad knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of biological, physical and life sciences;
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinates and multiple tasks, and direct their efforts toward meeting goals;
  • Ability to interpret and explain laboratory results to individuals with varied knowledge of the testing process;
  • Broad knowledge of laboratory safety standards and procedures in order to maintain a safely     operating laboratory environment;
  • Ability to understand, explain and troubleshoot the entire testing process from sample receipt to result reporting, including all procedural steps, equipment, QA/QC, and electronic data entry and retrieval;
  • Ability to adequately represent the agency as a court witness;
  • Ability to track use of laboratory supplies and research avenues to provide high quality services for the least cost to the agency;
  • After hours, weekend and holiday work required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


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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