Job Description and Duties
This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by ensuring quality, timely provision of highly complex public health laboratory testing for the diagnosis and epidemiologic investigation of tuberculosis, other mycobacterial infections, and fungal and parasitic diseases of great public health importance in the State of California.
Under direct supervision, the Public Health Microbiologist I (PHM I) uses specialized techniques; develops and applies complex, non-standardized analyses requiring initiative and independent judgment, especially as related to the identification of pathogenic fungi and mycobacteria; and helps to implement quality assurance (QA) procedures. The PHM I performs quality control (QC), assists with test validation and verification studies to implement new test methods, uses the MDL Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), may provide updates protocols, lab aids, worksheets/forms and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and applies good safety practices in the workplace. The candidate is expected to have basic laboratory knowledge and skills in order to perform the duties of this position, including: culture inoculation and Gram stain, ability to use a pipette, demonstration of good aseptic technique, knowledge and understanding of basic operation of general laboratory equipment (incubators, freezers, autoclave), and demonstration of safe laboratory practices when handling infectious and/or hazardous materials.
The incumbent works under the Research Scientist Supervisor I of the Mycobacterial Drug Susceptibility & Mycology Unit.
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