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Virology Supervisor

Date Posted:  Nov 15, 2022
Requisition ID:  415174

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. 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.


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


Agency Statement:

About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of all Hoosiers so that they can reach their optimal health regardless of where they live, learn, work, or play.

Salary Statement:

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $75,010, but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

About the Job:

The Micro-Biologist Supervisor functions as a technical and administrative supervisor within the Indiana State Department of Health Virology Laboratory.  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 to promptly address issues for problem resolution. This role will report to the Director of Virology and Serology.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Monitors, assigns and coordinates the work of employees, 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 division standards and policies ensuring subordinates follow all requirements for quality control adherence;
  • Critically reviews the analytical process from the time the sample is received until the result is forwarded to the submitter;
  • Ensures that all necessary quality control (QC) is performed appropriately for the various tests;
  • Is responsible for insuring that new staff microbiologists are adequately trained by passing proficiency tests before being allowed to run samples independently;
  • Ensures staff are aware of federal and state requirements for laboratory work (e.g. Blood Borne Pathogen--BBP, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act—CLIA);
  • Compiles monthly, quarterly, and annual reports in order to make informed decisions for future resource needs;
  • Directs and conducts research on new testing protocols and insures that all necessary steps are followed for proper test validation;
  • May be required to appear in court as a witness for any analytical work supervised;
  • Performs general supervisor and technical supervisor duties as detailed in sections §493.1463 and §493.1451 of CLIA guideline respectively. 

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: 

  • Thorough 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 issues;
  • Specialized knowledge of and ability to use a full range of standard technical equipment, complex scientific apparaus, and automated techniques of analysis;
  • Extensive knowledge of laboratory safety practices and principles;
  • Thorough understanding of any applicable state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies concerning the program area (ex. CLIA) and 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;
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinates in multiple tasks and direct their efforts towards meeting section 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

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) 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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