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

About the Job:

The Micro-biologist Supervisor functions as a technical and administrative supervisor within the Indiana State Department of Health for the Food Microbiology Laboratory. This position is responsible for all staff activities and data produced in the lab, as well as ensuring, where appropriate, compliance with State, Federal and third party policies (FDA, USDA-FSIS, ISO/IEC 17025, etc.). 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 promptly address issues for problem resolution. This role will report to the Division Director of the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Division.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Ensures Food analysis in the Food Microbiology Laboratory meets ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard requirements;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Responsible for insuring that new staff microbiologists are adequately trained by passing proficiency tests before being allowed to run samples solo;
  • Ensures staff are aware of federal and state requirements and rules for laboratory work (e.g. FDA, USDA-FSIS, ISO 17025:2005)
  • Compiles monthly 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.

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:

  • Thorough knowledge of food microbiology and specifically the isolation and identification of food borne pathogens
  • 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 the multiple tasks and direct their efforts toward 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) 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