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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.


This position traditionally starts at $52,312 per year and may be commensurate with education and work experience.

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

About the Job:

As the Micro-Biologist Supervisor, you will function as a technical and administrative supervisor within a microbiology laboratory where responsibilities include consulting and advising subordinates in assuring accurate laboratory result reporting, adherence to state and federal regulations and addressing issues or problem resolution.

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;
  • Ensures that new staff microbiologists are appropriately 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 and annual reports in order to make informed decisions for future resource needs;
  • Directs and conducts research on new testing protocols and ensures 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 §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:

  • Broad knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of microbiology and related sub specialties;
  • Broad knowledge of current scientific methods and testing procedures and the ability to apply them when seeking solutions to public health laboratory issues;
  • Broad knowledge of laboratory techniques and analysis;
  • Broad understanding of programmatically responsible laboratory equipment and how to troubleshoot when data is questionable;
  • Broad knowledge of laboratory safety standards and procedures in order to maintain a safe operating environment;
  • Thorough knowledge of Bacteriology and of the use of cultural, biochemical and other methodologies for the identification of bacteria and typing/characterization of bacterial agents;
  • Thorough knowledge of any applicable state and federal laws, rules, regulations and policies related to public health;
  • Thorough knowledge of laboratory procedures, quality assurance/control (QA/QC) proficiency testing and validation requirements;
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinates in multiple tasks and direct their efforts toward meeting goals and objectives;
  • Ability to interpret and explain laboratory results to individuals with varied knowledge of the testing process;
  • Ability to understand, explain and troubleshoot the entire testing process from sample receipt to result reporting, including all procedural steps, equipment, AQ/QC and electronic data entry and retrieval;
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to use a full range of standard technical equipment, complex scientific apparatus and automated techniques of analysis;
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to coordinate the work of others and provide technical guidance;
  • Ability to appear in court as an expert witness;
  • Ability to compile, analyzes, evaluate and present laboratory data to physicians, veterinarians, public health staff and professional organizations.

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.