MICROBIOLOGIST
Arkansas Department of Health - Little Rock, AR

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Summary

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

Typical Functions

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. Serves as group leader for laboratory workers, resolves or assists with resolving technical problems, and performs all functions of other laboratory workers. 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.

Special Job Dimensions

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

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 Education and/or Experience

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in microbiology or a related field; plus one year of experience in laboratory analysis or a related field. 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.

Preferred Qualifications

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION:

The Microbiologist position in the QA office is responsible for keeping abreast of the CLIA requirements for waived and non-waived testing and to audit each of the local health units in the state providing training when needed and feedback when deficiencies are identified. This position is also responsible for maintaining proper documentation of lab logs, personnel records and all auditing and monthly report information.

Hiring OfficialÂ’s Preferences: Bachelor's degree in a biological science (Biology, Microbiology, or Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Science). Two years of clinical laboratory experience. Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Laboratory Information Systems. Extensive in-state travel.

This position offers a full benefits package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance and retirement pension.

Unqualified individuals need not apply.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Agency Specific Information

This Position will close at 11:59 pm on the closing date listed.

Hiring Official-Pat Darsey

This office only accepts completed applications, resumes and relevant transcripts to determine minimum qualifications. Applicants should present other documents to the hiring official upon interview, if applicable.

If you are a Veteran, Disable Veteran or a Surviving Spouse of a Deceased Veteran and remains unmarried at the time you are seeking preference and you are a citizen and resident of this state you shall be entitled to employment preference in a position over other applicants after meeting substantially equal qualifications.
Please submit the DD-214 and other official documentation to the address below.

THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DOES NOT ACCEPT ELECTRONIC MEDIA OF ANY FORM, (CDs, flash drives, memory sticks, tapes, etc.) WITH STATE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS.

All Applicants must submit complete and accurate information and complete the application form according to instructions. List all prior work experience, including military service, beginning with your most recent employment. Applicants are encouraged to attach an original written resume to supplement their application or a paper addendum for additional work history section of the application. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties.

When submitting your State Application, you may refer to your resume for the Employment History if your resume includes all the information requested in the Employment History section of the state application (month and year employment began and ended, weekly hours worked, etc.).

Please complete the Work History section of the application, even if you are including a resume. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.

All ADH applicants must complete a drug screen and background check if applicable. Direct Deposit is required for employment according to Act 1887 of 2005.

Human Resources Office- Recruitment Section
4815 W Markham St., Slot 26
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Fax No. 501-661-2675

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