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SENIOR MICROBIOLOGIST

Date:  Jun 14, 2024
Req ID:  39850
Location: 

Little Rock, AR, US, 72205

Category:  AR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Anticipated Starting Salary:  45,009.95

Arkansas Department of Health

4815 W Markham Street

Little Rock, AR  72205

 

Position Number: 22111061

County: Pulaski              City: Little Rock

Posting End Date: 06/17/24 

Center for Public Health Lab - Support Services

 

Additional Preferences: 

 

Frequent in-state and some out-of-state travel is required.  A valid driver’s license is required.

 

Must be available to work flexible work hours as needed and approved by the QA Director.

 

Must have good computer skills, including working with Microsoft Office Suites.

 

CAP and CLIA accreditation body requirements knowledge preferred.

 

Quality Assurance experience preferred.

 

Must have good communication skills.

 

*This is a Safety Sensitive position.

 

Hiring Official:  E. Davis

Recruitment Contact: Sheila.Smith@arkansas.gov - 501-661-2268


The mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.

Position Information

Class Code: B127C

Grade: GS08

FLSA Status: EXEMPT

Salary Range: $45,010.00 - $65,265.00

Summary

The Senior Microbiologist is responsible for preparing samples for testing, conducting tests, and recording results and acting as lead Microbiologist. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Functions

Provides general supervision of the work of laboratory, clinical, environmental and administrative staff by assigning and prioritizing work assignments, providing instructions, providing training and assuring employee work performance is evaluated. Receives specimens/samples of analysis, stores samples until ready for testing, enters sample information in receipt log book, numbers, dates, and prepares samples for laboratory examination. Conducts a variety of microbiological and chemical tests, labels samples, records and interprets results, evaluates data, prepares written analysis, and compiles and prepares productivity and related reports. Establishes and monitors the standards of accuracy, precision, and efficiency in the performance of tests or the operations of equipment, establishes quality control and preventative maintenance systems, and monitors safety compliance. Develops tests and incorporates new laboratory methodologies, updates procedure manuals, and evaluates media, reagents, and standards according to established criteria. Calibrates laboratory equipment, conducts performance checks of equipment and instruments, and maintains laboratory equipment and instruments by correcting malfunctions. Performs method evaluation tests on new procedures and equipment and recommends policy and procedure modifications. Maintains laboratory records and files. Performs other duties as assigned.

Dimensions

None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of microbiological theories and principles. Knowledge of the methods and techniques of microbiological tests and analysis. Knowledge of laboratory operations and equipment maintenance. Ability to assign and coordinate work activities and monitor the performance of co-workers and/or subordinates. Ability to perform microbiological tests and analysis. Ability to calibrate and maintain laboratory equipment Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and maintain records. Ability to prepare media, standards, and reagents. Ability to analyze and verify data using confirmation and statistical procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or other program related fields; plus three years of experience in laboratory testing and analysis, laboratory operations or a related field, including one year in a microbiology laboratory and one year in a leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. June 9, 2011

Licenses

None

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Little Rock