Medical Laboratory Specialist (Microbiology/ Bioterrorism & Emerging Pathogens)
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Type: Full Time
Salary: $55,518.00 - $83,278.00
$55,518 Recruitment salary
Internal Number: 60041402
This is a Laboratory Medical Specialist position that provides direct laboratory support for public health emergency preparedness and response in collaboration with the CDC Laboratory Response Network (LRN) to the Microbiology Bioterrorism and Emerging Pathogens group (Micro BTEP). This position provides culture and identification of organisms including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other toxins that cause disease and death in humans, animals, or plants. The procedures performed at this position are highly specialized and require a combination of classical microbiological, immunological, and molecular biological techniques. Duties at this position also include providing testing consultation to physicians, epidemiologists, nurses, and laboratorians, and the routine use of a laboratory information management system (LIMS). Candidates must be able to adapt to changing requirements that can arise in a dynamic work well within multidisciplinary teams. Work is performed at Biosafety Levels 2 & 3 using proper containment techniques and personal protective equipment (PPE) as required. Surge capacity response during viral, bacterial, and/or fungal public health disease clusters, outbreaks, and/or pandemics is required. Work may require extended work hours to include weekends and/or holidays to meet routine and/or emergency specimen processing, testing, and reporting. The successful candidate will routinely coordinate with multiple partnering groups including NCSLPH BTEP, NCSLPH Microbiology, NCSLPH Molecular Epidemiology, NCSLPH Virology and Serology, and CDC LRN. The Micro BTEP Laboratory Medical Specialist will perform duties that include though are not limited to the following:
Perform laboratory operations per CDC LRN and NCSLPH protocols using various techniques to culture, isolate, identify, and characterize bacterial agents and toxins
Perform assay quality control and quality assurance for work performed, instrumentation preventative maintenance, and management of laboratory supplies and reagents
Cross-train in other areas of the Microbiology Unit to provide coverage and workload assistance
Provide laboratory testing consultation to physicians, epidemiologists, nurses & other laboratorians
Coordinate and perform isolate shipments and quality assurance/ proficiency testing panel testing
Create and manage Micro BTEP standard-operating procedure manuals (SOPMs)
Perform and document quality assurance and quality control activities to Federal, State and SLPH regulations
Utilize STARLIMS and Qualtrax compliance software for specimen submission, results entry, and document management
Participate in verifications, validations, and implementation of new diagnostic assays
Assist with the management and procurement of reagents, supplies, and consumables
Train technologists upon request
The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) provides an array of services including Laboratory Testing, Training/Consultation and Certification. The NCSLPH provides more than 125 clinical laboratory tests and more than 65 environmental laboratory tests to the public and private medical health care system in North Carolina and performs over 6 million tests annually on human, animal, food, water, and agricultural samples. Additionally, NCSLPH provides training and consultation for local health departments, hospitals, commercial laboratories, private health care professionals, community-based organizations and state and regional staff from the NC Division of Public Health (DPH) and other state and regional agencies.
To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information listed under the text resume section or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. Qualified candidates must document on the application that they possess all of the following:
Employees in this position must be capable of meeting the Federal CLIA ’88 personnel requirements of General Supervisor in a laboratory performing high complexity testing. Applicants must provide copies of their transcript(s) and/or certification(s) to be considered for the position.
Experience performing classical microbiological (e.g., culture, staining, microscopy, and molecular techniques (e.g., real-time PCR) for the identification of disease-causing pathogens.
Experience working with infectious diseases, and knowledge of the hazards associated with working with potentially infectious materials and the appropriate safety precautions to avoid infections.
Experience interpreting laboratory results.
Experience with quality assurance including proficiency testing, quality control, and adherence to standard operating procedures.
American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certification
Previous experience working with BTEP agents in BSL3 laboratories
An occupational medical assessment may be required to determine your ability to safely work with biological, chemical, or radiological hazards.
This position may also require periodic medical screenings to confirm safety practices are effectively preventing occupational injury or illness.
All costs associated with obtaining occupational health services are covered by NCSLPH.
Works frequently with infectious disease agents that require the use of personal protective equipment including respiratory protection (e.g., N95, PAPR).
Work requires ability to distinguish colors and close visual acuity to perform data analysis and visual inspection of specimens using standard laboratory equipment.
Use of laboratory equipment requires ability to manipulate items with fingers, ability to grasp, and ability to feel/perceive the attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture.
Special Requirements: As a control measure to reduce the risk of occupational injury or illness, NCSLPH requires certain medical services for personnel determined to have reasonably anticipated occupational exposure risk in biosafety level (BSL)-2 and -3 laboratories as well as chemical and radiological areas. Medical service required are specific to the occupational risks associated with each position. Required services may include but are not limited to:
Vaccination against the smallpox virus every three years is mandatory for persons entering this position. Approved medical clearance from occupational health is a condition of an employment offer.
Initial comprehensive medical exam to determine personnel’s ability to safely work with biological, chemical, or radiological hazards.
Medical screenings, immunizations, and other protective measures to mitigate risks associate with working in laboratories and to confirm safety practices are effectively preventing occupational injury or illness.
Monitoring of occupational radiological and/or chemical exposure.
All costs associated with obtaining occupational health services are covered by the employer. Information obtained as part of any occupational health evaluations will be used by the occupational health provider to make an accurate assessment of your ability to safely work with hazardous materials. NCSLPH does not receive personnel medical information from the occupational health provider, rather the Manager and Biosecurity Officer will be notified that personnel are/are not able to safely work in at the intended laboratory and any work restrictions or additional protective measures recommended.
If restrictions and/or protective measures are required for you to work safety in this position, compliance with the measures or restrictions will be mandatory and will included in your work plan. Non-compliance will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. In addition to required medical services, at-risk employees are expected to immediately report changes in medical status to the occupational health provider and obtain updated medical clearance.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's degree in medical technology, microbiology, chemistry or a closely related biological science field from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of experience in a medical laboratory or in the assigned work area;
an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Necessary Special Qualifications Must be capable of meeting the Federal CLIA 88 personnel requirements for a general supervisor in a laboratory performing high complexity testing.