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Bacteriologist II - (17000141)

The Massachusetts State Public Health Lab at the Department of Public Health offers an opportunity for a professional with a strong science background to identify and characterize bacteria of public health significance including the causative agents for whooping cough, pneumonia, meningitis and gonorrhea, as well as identify agents of foodborne illness such as Salmonella and E. coli. 


In this position you will also be responsible for testing bacterial isolates for antibiotic resistance. This position will be part of the Bioterrorism Response Laboratory, testing clinical isolates and environmental samples for suspect biothreat agents and assisting with training local clinical labs and first responders in proper collection and testing protocols. This position will require work in the BSL-3 laboratory. In the context of work in a BSL-3 environment the successful candidate must understand the following:

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Bacteriologist II - (1700013Y)

The Massachusetts Public Health Laboratory provides this opportunity for candidates with a strong science background to perform molecular subtyping in the Foodborne Outbreak Response Section of the Microbiology Division within the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. The incumbent in this position will use molecular methods including pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), MLVA, and whole genome sequencing to characterize bacteria of public health significance in times of foodborne outbreaks. In this position you will be on the front lines of outbreak response, collaborating with the state epidemiologists and food protection program officials. In this role the successful candidate will also work as part of the overall whole genome sequencing core group, tasked with protocol development for sequencing and analysis of all public health significant bacteria and viruses.

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Bacteriologist II - (160008YU) - BIDLS Division of Molecular Diagnostics and Virology

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

This position works on a team to perform molecular diagnostic assays to detect the presence of biological agents (Zika, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella) and other infectious diseases in diagnostic samples. Testing is fast-paced and this position assures that incoming specimens are recorded, processed, and appropriately triaged for subsequent testing. Works in both biosafety level 2 and 3 environments and may cross-train to provide surge testing for other laboratories. Ensure that laboratory areas and reagents are contamination-free. Performs additional duties as required such as quality control, evaluation of laboratory equipment to determine need for repair and replacement, disposal of hazardous waste, and maintenance of frozen specimen collection. Provides data for testing, surveillance summaries, and QA/QC reports for the laboratory. Maintains proficiency in multiple laboratory procedures and safety protocols. Follows the laboratory established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's defined acceptable levels of performance and implements corrective actions when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications. Attends and participates in laboratory trainings and meetings. The work schedule is Monday through Friday.

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