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Microbiologist Supervisor - job post

Virginia Dept of Agri & Cons Services

The Division of Animal and Food Industry Services seeks a Microbiologist Supervisor for the Warrenton Regional Animal Health Laboratory.

Duties include, but are not limited to: supervising staff performing microbiological testing in this facility; performing analytical bench diagnostics; coordinating workflow and coverage of test disciplines and technical testing specialist; assisting with necropsy services and administrative duties; serving as site quality coordinator (with responsibility for adherence to internal and external quality standards); overseeing daily laboratory testing procedures; ordering and maintaining supplies and equipment; and overseeing the validation of new testing procedures.

Successful candidate must be a leader who is also able to work collaboratively as a team member to assist with laboratory procedures as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience with staff supervision and lab workflow management in a veterinary or human clinical diagnostic laboratory. Exceptional oral and written communication and customer service skills. Considerable knowledge in the basic principles, information sources, and laboratory applications of anatomy, bacteriology, parasitology, hematology, dairy microbiology, molecular testing, and serology in relation to diagnostic and regulatory testing; knowledge of safety hazards within a laboratory and knowledge of test validation and comparison procedures. Demonstrated ability to evaluate testing procedures, develop logical conclusions, establish quality control and diagnose and correct problems; train personnel in the performance of test procedures; and maintain effective working relations with co-workers in a team environment as well as with clients and management. Demonstrated computer proficiency to include basic office software and laboratory information management systems, along with skill in the use and maintenance of laboratory equipment. Physical demands of the position include excellent visual and manual abilities; the potential for lifting and manipulating heavy objects; and other conditions needed for working safely in a laboratory. H.S. Diploma/GED required.

Preferred Qualifications
Degree in Microbiology, Biology, or a closely related scientific field is preferred along with familiarity with ISO 17025 quality standards and experience in clinical microbiology and/or molecular diagnostics as well as work within laboratory quality control systems. Supervisory experience in a veterinary diagnostic or human clinical diagnostic laboratory is preferred. An advanced degree would be ideal. An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding qualifications may substitute for this education and experience.

Special Requirements
Final candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check and complete and submit a Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) which will be entered into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization. If the selected individual is a military veteran, they must also submit a copy of their DD214 form.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Salary offers to selected applicants are based on the candidate’s experience and internal factors. The decision to interview an applicant is based on information provided in the application materials; therefore, it is essential to provide enough information to make this assessment. This website will provide a confirmation number when you have successfully applied. Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position.
State employees who have been affected by Policy 1.3 Layoff and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Card) or a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card) must submit the card BEFORE the closing date for this position. The card may be scanned and attached to the application or faxed to (804) 371-8879. Please include your name and the position number of the fax cover sheet. THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT.
Reasonable accommodations are available to individuals with disabilities during the application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. TDD/TTY: VA Relay 711 or 800-828-1120. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact for assistance.

Commonwealth’s Alternate Hiring Process: In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link:, or call DARS at 800- 552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.

The Commonwealth of Virginia welcomes all applicants authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not provided; therefore, applicants must be a citizen or national of the U.S., a Lawful Permanent Resident, or an alien authorized to work and must be able to provide appropriate documentation as noted on Form I-9.

VDACS is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse workforce. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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