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Microbiologist Supervisor

Date Posted:  Sep 10, 2019
Requisition ID:  13664

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.


Indiana State Department of Public Health Protection and Laboratories Services

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) maintains the State Health Laboratories for the support of State Public Health, Environmental and Food Protection, Lead & Healthy Homes and Immunization programs.  The State Health Laboratories provide specific, high quality, and necessary laboratory tests, test data, and test interpretations to federal, state, and local health, environmental, and food protection programs. The data from these tests is required for effective and efficient detection and response to public health, environmental and food protection emergencies and for surveillance and detection of communicable diseases, environmental hazards and their health effects, and food contaminations and their health effects.


Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

Microbiologist Supervisor

The purpose of this position is to serve as a technical and administrative supervisor for the Media Prep lab, Containers, and Central Receiving area within the Indiana State Department of Health Laboratories.This position will be responsible for maintaining compliance to ISO 17025:2005, EPA and CLIA requirements throughout the supervised areas. This position will maintain/oversee electronic storage of records, formulations, orders, and ordering using SharePoint.  This position is also responsible to plan and implement cross training in the supervised area to assure sufficient staff coverage. This position will report to the Division Director of the Environmental Microbiology Laboratories.    

A day in the life

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Monitors, assigns and coordinates the work of subordinate employees as well as provides technical assistance in order to establish continuity in staff responsibilities;
  • Provides laboratory services to agency staff, local health departments, other state and federal agencies;
  • Establishes and incorporates into daily operations, division standards and policies insuring subordinates follow all requirements for quality control adherence;
  • Responsible for insuring that new staff are adequately trained and competency assessed  before being allowed to perform work on their own;
  • Ensures staff are aware of federal and state requirements and rules for laboratory work (e.g. ISO 17025:2005, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act—CLIA)
  • Compiles monthly and annual reports in order to make informed decisions for future resource needs;

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
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinates and the multiple tasks and direct their efforts toward meeting section goals;
  • Ability to track use of laboratory supplies and research avenues to provide high quality services for the least cost to the agency;
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing and maintain productive working relationships;
  • Broad knowledge of laboratory safety standards and procedures in order to maintain a safely operating laboratory environment;
  • Broad knowledge of basic laboratory preparation techniques (dilution culture media) as well as equipment operation (centrifuges, microscopes, pipettes, autoclaves, and pH meters).
  • Broad knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of biological, physical and life sciences;
  • Broad understanding of programmatically responsible laboratory equipment and how to troubleshoot when data is questionable;
  • Thorough understanding of any applicable federal and state laws and rules that relate directly to the agency mission.


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


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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