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Indiana State Department of Health
The Indiana State 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 an annual salary of $39,910. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.
About the Job:
The Microbiologist is responsible for performing identification, serotyping, and antibiotic susceptibility testing on a variety of pathogenic bacteria, including Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE), Pseudonomas aeruginosa, Candia auris, Haemophilis influenza, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. IDOH Reference Bacteriology Laboratory is a member of the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network, with the goal of preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance. Laboratory also serves to aid in the tracking of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs). Incumbent is to be cross-trained in other areas and serve as a backup for other clinical testing areas. This position will also serve as a specialist or section technical lead microbiologist and report to Microbiologist Supervisor 3.
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, molecular detection 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, interpretating, and validating laboratory results and reports findings.
- approving and releasing clinical test results only after competency has been assessed and after at least one year experience in the testing area (must meet CLIA general supervisor requirements)
- 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 specilized laboratory area.
- developing and maintaining specimen inventory storage systems.
- ordering and inventorying of laboratory supplies
- Assisting in preparation of epidemiological and/or statistical reports from data compiled on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.
What You’ll Need for Success:
- Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of microbiology and related sub-specialty such as mycobacteriology, molecular biology, mycology and bacteriology;
- Specialized knowledge of current scientific methods and testing procedures and the ability to apply them when seeking solutions to public health laboratory problems;
- 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 programand recognize QA problems;
- Ability to compile, analyze, evaluate, and prepare laboratory reports.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct 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.