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CDPH MDL: Public Health Microbiologist Specialist


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 a bacterial pathogens of great public health importance in the State of California.

The Public Health Microbiologist (PHM) Specialist provides technical expertise performing highly complex laboratory testing for a range of bacterial pathogens, reviews reports, updates and implements procedures, and evaluates and validates new diagnostic test procedures as necessary. The individual will provide consultation to Local, State, and Federal partners. Works independently, with general guidance, to design, plan validate, implement, and utilize advanced equipment, complex methods, and sophisticated software to detect, isolate, and identify microbial pathogens in a variety of clinical specimens.  Provides technical consultation to laboratory staff and other local, state, and federal partners.

The PHM Specialist may be delegated Technical Supervision and/or General Supervision over non-waived, high-complexity testing performed in the Section as defined by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).  The PHM Specialist is responsible for ensuring compliance with relevant federal, state and local regulatory quality and safety standards governing the breadth of work conducted in the Section.

The incumbent works under the Research Scientist Supervisor I of the Bacterial Diseases Reference Bacteriology Unit.

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