Overview

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.

About the Indiana State Department of Health (IDOH):
The Indiana State Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.

Salary:
The salary for this position traditionally starts at $39,910.00 per year but may be commensurate with education and/or experience.


About the Job:

The microbiologist in this position will support the HIV, Hepatitis, Immunization and related public health programs of IDOH, by performing surveillance/outbreak testing of Hepatitis, HIV, Syphilis and other key testing functions in the Serology Lab including specimen receiving and results entry into StarLIMS, Immunoglobulin and Hep B and Hep A reagent inventory monitoring and data analysis. Additional responsibilities include testing Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing, Arbovirus specimens, as well as many other specimens for bacterial and viral infections of public health importance using established methodologies. The Microbiologist may be be cross trained in the Virology Laboratory where they will maintain competency in Molecular methods in order to serve as backup support during outbreak response by IDOH.  The microbiologist will also be responsible for the documentation of all quality control and quality assurance associated with these assays in compliance of CLIA regulations. The microbiologist will have the opportunity to be cross-trained in other areas as needed and may serve as a backup for the clinical testing areas.


A Day in the Life:

The testing personnel are responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results. This includes:

  • Conducting examination of samples and/or reference samples for analyses such as, but not limited to, serological analyses, molecular subtyping analyses or isolation and identification of  microorganisms/toxins or their antigens/nucleic acids.
  • Performing only those high complexity tests that are authorized by the laboratory director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual’s education, training, or experience, and technical abilities.
  • Strictly following the laboratory’s procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results.
  • Evaluating, interpreting, and validation of laboratory results and report findings.
  • Approving and releasing clinical test results only after competency has been assessed and after at least one year of experience in the testing area.
  • Maintaining laboratory record system of submitted samples & specimens and their possible referral.
  • Maintaining records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
  • Conducting quality control checks on laboratory methods, materials, and equipment in strict adherence to the laboratory’s quality control policies.
  • Documenting all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed.
  • Following the laboratory’s established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory’s established acceptable levels of performance.
  • Being capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either correcting the problems or immediately notifying the general supervisor, technical supervisor or director.
  • Documenting all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.
  • Participating in evaluation and implementation of new products and testing methods used in specialized laboratory area.
  • Developing and maintaining specimen inventory storage systems.
  • Ordering and inventorying laboratory supplies.
  • Assistance in preparation of epidemiological and/or statistical reports from data compiled on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis.

What You’ll Need for Success:

Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of microbiology and related sub-specialty;

  • 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 apparatus, and automated techniques of analysis;
  • Extensive knowledge of laboratory safety practices and principles;
  • Aware of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies concerning the program area (i.e. CLIA);
  • Ability to meet requirements for personnel certification as a technologist pursuant to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA);
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing and maintain productive working relationships;
  • Ability to satisfactorily participate in proficiency testing programs and recognize QA problems;
  • Ability to compile, analyze, evaluate, and prepare laboratory reports.

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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