Job Description and Duties
This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by providing public health laboratory testing, including the development and implementation of new assays, to identify and characterize mycobacterial, mycotic and parasitic diseases.
Under general supervision of the Research Scientist Supervisor I (Micro), the Research Scientist II (RS II) (Microbiological) works within the Mycobacterial Drug Susceptibility & Mycology Unit. The RS II works primarily independently, and complies with quality management procedures and practices, safety requirements, and applicable federal and state regulations. The RS II plans, organizes, and carries out scientific studies of moderate to complex scope in the Mycobacterial Drug Susceptibility & Mycology Unit. The primary areas of concentration include but are not limited to drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by phenotypic and molecular methods, identification and characterization of fungal pathogens, and applied research and assay validation studies drug susceptibility of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogens.
The RS II candidate is expected to have advanced laboratory knowledge and skills in order to perform the duties of this position, including: culture inoculation, use of conventional microbiological methods and staining techniques, ability to use a pipette, demonstration of good aseptic technique, knowledge and understanding of basic operation of general laboratory equipment, and demonstration of safe laboratory practices when handling infectious / hazardous materials. Work is performed in a Biological Safety Level (BSL)-3 laboratory; demonstration of safe BSL-3 practices and ability to wear necessary respiratory protection for moderate amount of time is required. For assigned molecular testing responsibilities, including PCR and sequencing, the RS II must demonstrate good laboratory technique to avoid contamination or other test errors, basic knowledge of molecular methods and troubleshooting, and ability to work with various computer software applications in order to analyze results. California Public Health Microbiologist certification is desirable.
The incumbent works under the Research Scientist Supervisor I of the Mycobacterial Drug Susceptibility & Mycology Unit. This job announcement is a re-posting. If you have already applied to JC# 244300 you do not need to re-apply, we have your application on file.
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