Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Internal Number: 206024 (K0229510)
Job Title: Microbiologist
Job ID: 206024 (K0229510)
Location: Shawnee County
Job Posting Closes: October 4, 2022
Kansas Department of Health and Environment:
Our agency head is Secretary Janet Stanek, who was appointed by Gov. Kelly in Dec 2021. We are made up for three divisions: Public Health, Environment, and Health care finance (which includes KanCare). We are the only agency in the nation to have these three entities under one roof. This allows us to take a holistic approach to the health and well-being of all Kansans.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
Veterans' Preference Eligible: Yes
Hourly Pay Range: $20.13 - $22.16
* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Position Summary & Responsibilities: The Microbiologist position (K0229510) within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This position will assist with accessioning of samples and the processing of clinical specimens and cultures as needed. Assure that necessary supplies and reagents are maintained and ordered as needed to accomplish these tasks, help keep SOP’s changes reflect actual workflow. At least quarterly review departments policies and procedures to provide updates in which you have found that information has changed or develop new policies and procedures if you find information that has not been previously addressed. Work to improve processes that take too much time. Help provide weekend and holiday coverage, if needed, in order to provide adequate coverage of the Microbiology unit.
Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
Serve as testing personnel (high complexity testing), as defined by CLIA, for bacteriology and mycobacteriology areas. Perform technical duties in the identification of bacteria and report results in an accurate and timely manner. These duties include laboratory isolation of bacterial pathogens from human clinical samples and identification of cultures using biochemical analysis, microscopy, PCR, and serological tests. Mycobacteriology testing involves isolation and identification of mycobacteria using culture, microscopy, matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight spectroscopy (MALDI-ToF), and nucleic acid amplification. Duties in the whole genome sequencing (WGS) laboratory include preparation of Salmonella, Shigella, E.coli O157, STEC, Vibrio, and Campylobacter isolates. Duties in WGS also include DNA extraction, library preparation, sequencing, and analysis of the sequence data.
Help track supplies to ensure that necessary supplies and reagents are maintained and ordered as needed to accomplish tasks. Make sure quality assurance measures for safety are practiced and completed which include housekeeping duties. This includes trash pickup, keeping lab benches clean, and restocking supplies that are out. Provide technical training offsite to state and local health departments as needed and required by the hospital funding grant. Perform quality control tests and maintain related records to verify validity of analytical results. Prepare and update written operating procedures and test methods as necessary to reflect current technology and methods. Participate in appropriate proficiency testing programs. Once eligible, serve as general supervisor or technical supervisor, as defined by CLIA, for applicable testing services and carry out the duties assigned to those roles.
In the event of a natural or man-made event, work through extended shifts to help testing personnel maintain a 24 hour, 7 day a week testing period. Assist and support staff members carrying out the Laboratory Response Network protocols for the analysis of suspect materials and the confirmation of environmental or clinical specimens, as part of the bioterrorism program.
Perform other duties as assigned including serving as a member of the KDHE Disaster Response Team as needed to assure the agency's public and environmental health response is adequately staffed during and immediately following natural and/or manmade disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and/or acts of terrorism.
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