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Senior Microbiologist
Agency: Arkansas Agriculture Department
Office: Laboratory Services
Section: Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Date Posted: 07/10/2020
Posting Expires: None
Summary
The Senior Microbiologist is responsible for preparing samples for testing, conducting tests, and recording results and acting as lead Microbiologist. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions
Provides general supervision of the work of laboratory, clinical, environmental and administrative staff by assigning and prioritizing work assignments, providing instructions, providing training and assuring employee work performance is evaluated. 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. 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-workersand/or subordinates. Ability to perform microbiological tests and analysis. Ability to calibrate and maintain laboratory equipmentAbility 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, biology, chemistry, or other program related fields; plus three years of experience in laboratory testing and analysis, laboratory operations or a related field, including one year in a microbiology laboratory and one year in a leadership capacity. 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. June 9, 2011
Preferred Qualifications
Reporting to the microbiology section supervisor, the incumbent will function as the team leader for the State of Arkansas’ program for Chronic Wasting Disease screening using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) procedure. Managing this program, which is a partnership between the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, demands authentic laboratory skills in high-throughput, high-complexity bench work coupled with seasoned interpersonal skills for scheduling personnel and interacting with external stakeholders. Seasonal surges in sample throughput will require the utmost in productivity, and off-peak workflow in the bacteriology section will also be an essential element of this position. Familiarity with prion diseases is highly sought.
• Documented experience performing high complexity laboratory procedures on a large volume of samples (high throughput).
• Documented experience assessing and adapting laboratory workflows to maximize efficiency and accuracy of laboratory processes.
• Documented experience managing laboratory inventories.
• Documented experience troubleshooting equipment failures and performing routine preventative maintenance as scheduled.
• Ability to work alone and within a team.
• Documented experience writing standard operating procedures.
• Minimum 3 years laboratory experience with documentation of increasing responsibilities in the laboratory.
• Documented experience working in a BSL-2 (enhanced) laboratory setting handling animal tissues.
• The ability and willingness to regularly wear personal protective equipment and to comply with fit testing requirements is a fundamental requirement of this position.
• This position involves routine handling of specimens of animal bodily fluids, tissues, and microbiological cultures.
• Vaccination against Rabies is required, as is documented maintenance of titer.
• Any employment offer may be less than the maximum of the range due to salary equity with similarly situated employees or the selected candidate's related education and experience.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Agency Specific Information
Job Details
Position No.: 22165193
Class Code: B127C
Grade: GS08
Salary Range: $45,010.00 - $65,265.00 per year
Background
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Yes
Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: Little Rock
Job County/Region: Pulaski
Contact Information
Contact name: Rebecca Gregory
Phone: 501/823-1754
Email: rebecca.gregory@agriculture.arkansas.gov
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