In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor responsible for a large and/or complex grouping of work in a laboratory.
Receives general direction from a Supervising Microbiologist or other employee of higher grade.
Leads Microbiologists 1 and 2's and other laboratory personnel of lower grade as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Plans unit workflow and determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; conducts complex or specialized as well as routine microbiological, biomedical, molecular and biochemical analysis as necessary to ensure prompt processing of specimens; maintains quality assurance programs; prepares and maintains records, reports and correspondence; processes specimens under chain-of-custody; maintains knowledge of current developments and changes in field of expertise; oversees the use of and utilizes universal laboratory precautions; utilizes computers to operate and maintain instrumentation and to access, interpret, modify and report test results; acts for Supervising Microbiologist in his or her absence; may be responsible for leading staff and a variety of activities outside normal working hours; may make recommendations on policies or standards; may testify in court; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable knowledge of current theories, principles and practices of biomedical sciences and microbiological disciplines including bacteriology, parasitology, virology and others as they relate to public health; considerable knowledge of current laboratory methods, equipment, instrumentation and material; considerable knowledge of quality assurance and quality control policies and procedures; knowledge of universal laboratory precautions; knowledge of common statistical techniques and ability to make sophisticated calculations; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to perform advanced biomedical, microbiological and biochemical examinations; ability to conduct analytical, consultative and research activities; ability to interpret complex examination results in the context of patient history and epidemiology of disease or agent; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Eight (8) years of experience in a public health or medical laboratory involving scientific work in the field of microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology.
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the full working level in the field of microbiology. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Microbiologist 2.
College training in the natural sciences may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A Master's degree in the natural sciences may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests or immunizations for communicable diseases.
Incumbents in this class may be required to have specific education and/or experience to meet the various certification and/or licensing requirements.
Incumbents may be required to undergo and successfully complete security background checks.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
This replaces the existing titles of and specification for the classes of Principal Biologist (Biochemistry-6375) (General Microbiology/Parasitology-6423) (Metabolic Diseases-6340) (Serology/Immunology-6465) (Viral Serology-6339) (Virology - Rabies and Tissue Culture-6351) in the same Salary Group HC 24 approved effective April 10, 2001. (Revised to retitle and modify content)