The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory at the Department of Public Health offers an exciting opportunity for a professional with a strong clinical laboratory background to oversee the Virus Serology and Virus Isolation laboratory sections in the Division of Molecular Diagnostics and Virology. This role will oversee all aspects of receipt, processing, testing, and reporting of primary clinical or veterinary specimens suspect for viral agents; oversight of a secure biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory for diagnostic testing of viral specimens will be integral to this position. The Virus Isolation and Serology Supervisor will be responsible for oversight of staff scheduling, ensuring completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of results shared with submitting agencies, and messaging regarding results. This role will ensure adequate inventory to perform all tests and will work with the division director to ensure the most current test methods and instrumentation are used, and will be instrumental in the implementation of expanded diagnostics specific to the areas of viral culture and serology. The Virus Isolation and Serology Supervisor will collaborate with both internal and external partners including laboratory colleagues in diagnostic microbiology, molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics, quality assurance, epidemiologists, and medical professionals, and external partners such as local clinical labs, pulmonologists and infectious disease physicians across Massachusetts, and professionals at the CDC other state and local laboratory programs. The selected candidate must meet the qualifications of technical supervisor under CLIA.
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Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
Please note that this position is required to report to the office five days per week. This position will require work in the BSL-3 laboratory. In the context of work in a BSL-3 environment the successful candidate must understand the following:
As part of the pre-hire process, you will be required to submit transcript(s) for review for the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) verification process.
If selected as the preferred candidate, you will be required to submit an official transcript from each accredited academic institution to verify the above.
Please note that we will be unable to move forward with your application for this position if you do not meet CLIA qualifications.
About the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS):
The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL).
Infectious disease response services address concerns of the general public as well as those disproportionately affected by infectious disease through a variety of risk factors. BIDLS administers ongoing disease reporting for over 90 reportable diseases in the state. Disease reporting review and follow-up with clinical providers and local boards of health is a central function of the bureau. Surveillance activity is complemented by an extensive contracted service system. These services are funded through state and federal resources and include prevention education, community outreach screening for infectious disease, immunization services, health service navigation, medical case management, insurance enrollment, housing assistance, and referral and linkage to infectious disease treatment.
The SPHL provides scientific expertise and capacity to identify infectious agents, chemical agents, and other toxins that cause human disease. The SPHL is an active partner in joint activities with other bureaus/agencies such as environmental health, food and drug, agriculture, disease prevention and health promotion programs, and public safety. The SPHL is a reference laboratory of the national Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent laboratory. SPHL staff work closely with laboratory and disease prevention programs at the CDC, and partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
About the Department of Public Health:
The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.
DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.
More information can be found at: MA Department of Public Health
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.
If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the form https://www.mass.gov/reasonable-accommodations-for-executive-department-employees
For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have (A) at least nine (9) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or academic research experience in microbiology, molecular biology, or medical laboratory technology, of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a supervisory, administrative or in a leadership capacity, or any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I.) A Master’s degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, medical technology or related scientific field, may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience.
II.) A Doctoral degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology, medical technology or related scientific field, may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience
Based on assignment, applicants must meet related Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) requirements for High Complexity Testing.
When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.
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COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.
Official Title: Microbiologist V
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street
Agency: Department of Public Health
Job Posting: Nov 3, 2023, 3:36:59 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 83,659.16 - 123,465.94 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Luciana Hayner/ Luciana.M.Hayner@mass.gov - 6177128265
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/Scientists
Hybrid Work Eligible: No