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 (IDOH):  
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 but may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

As a Microbiologist Supervisor in this role, you will function as a technical and administrative supervisor within a microbiology laboratory where responsibilities include consulting and advising subordinates in assuring accurate 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:

  • Monitor, assign, and coordinate the work of employees, provides technical assistance to establish continuity in staff responsibilities.
  • Provide laboratory services to agency staff, local health departments, other state and federal agencies.
  • Establish and incorporate division standards and policies ensuring subordinates follow all requirements for quality control adherence.
  • Critically review the analytical process from the time the sample is received until the result is forwarded to the submitter
  • Ensure that all necessary quality control (QC) is performed appropriately for the various tests.
  • Oversee the evaluation, development, validation, and implementation of new testing methods used in clinical/reference laboratory work, as well as preparation of validation documents and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Responsible for ensuring that new staff microbiologists are adequately trained.
  • Ensure staff are aware of federal and state requirements for laboratory work (e.g. Blood Borne Pathogen–BBP, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act—CLIA).
  • Compile monthly and annual reports to make informed decisions for future resource needs.
  • Direct and conduct 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.
  • Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development.
  • Set expectations, measure progress, provide ongoing feedback, and evaluate the performance of employees.  Ensure work adheres to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures.

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.


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:
  • A four (4) year degree (B.S. or B.A.) in a biological, chemical, or physical science, post graduate degree preferred
  • Three (3) years of testing experience and two years of supervisory experience in an accredited or certified testing laboratory.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of Microbiology; Molecular Biology 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 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.
  • Thorough knowledge of any applicable state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies concerning program areas.
  • Extensive knowledge of laboratory procedures, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), proficiency testing and validation requirements.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing
  • Broad understanding of programmatically responsible laboratory equipment and how to troubleshoot when data is questionable.
  • Ability to interpret and explain laboratory results to individuals with varied knowledge of the testing process.
  • Broad knowledge of laboratory safety standards and procedures to maintain a safely operating laboratory environment.
  • Ability to track use of laboratory supplies and research avenues to provide high quality services for the least cost to the agency.
  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow.
  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets.

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.