Biosafety Officer RESEARCH SCIENTIST III (MICROBIOLOGICAL SCIENCES)
California Department of Public Health
Location: Richmond, California
Type: Full Time
Salary: $7,811.00 - $9,777.00 Monthly
Academic / Research
Internal Number: JC-371773
Job Description and Duties
Research Scientist II, III, IV, V; Research Scientist Supervisor I
Incumbents in one of these classifications, where a Master’s Degree is required to meet the minimum qualifications, shall receive an educational pay differential equivalent to 2% of their monthly base pay. Those where a Doctoral Degree is a required to meet the minimum qualifications, shall receive an educational pay differential equivalent to 3% of their monthly base pay. Individuals with both a Master’s and Doctoral Degree will be given the best benefit in relation to salary shall only be eligible for only one amount.
The Research Scientist (RS) III (Microbiological Sciences) promotes biosafety and accident prevention measures using a variety of intervention strategies including guidance documents, seminars, training exercises, audits, and individual mentoring of employees. The RS III will receive general direction from the Infectious Diseases Laboratory Branch (IDLB) Chief, and Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory and Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program Chiefs. The RS III monitors and coordinates safety and compliance activities; identifies potential areas of vulnerability and risk; develops and reviews risk assessments and reports on a regular basis; and develops and implements corrective action plans as directed. The RS III also provides support for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) compliance with good lab practices and other applicable federal and state regulatory standards; works closely with all stakeholders on Richmond Campus with regards to laboratory biosafety and compliance issues; and takes lead in the systematic investigations and remediation of any laboratory biosafety incidents. The RS III also implements all regulations related to Select Agents (SA), including the Tier 1 program and functions as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO). The RS III is the designated IDLB liaison with relevant partners within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and local and federal agencies for laboratory compliance, and safety and security issues. The RS III will work closely with CDPH management, and internal and external public health partners at the federal, state, and local levels serving as a subject matter expert; providing independent scientific recommendations and consultation; leading project coordination; and planning and developing applicable scientific safety policies.
The incumbent works under the general direction of the Research Scientist Manager, Microbial Diseases Laboratory (MDL) Program Chief.
Up to 10% travel may be required.
Background Check and/or Fingerprints clearance: Bureau of Investigation Clearance.
Requires to work in a Biosafety Level 3 environment (requires special, additional Personal Protective Equipment).
You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts official or un-official and/or Degree for education verification
For experience/education to qualify during the application screening process, and to ensure that minimum qualifications can be determined, applicants should include all employment history on the Employment Application (STD 678) and/or Resume, including detailed job descriptions, hours worked per week, and start/end dates (MM/DD/YYYY). Application packages without this information will experience delayed processing times and your eligibility for this position may be impacted.
A completed State application (STD. 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degree, resume, etc.) should be submitted electronically via your CalCareers Account. Please reference Job Control # (371773) and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) section. SROA and surplus candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application. Please remove any confidential information (i.e. social security number, date of birth) from your documents prior to submission.
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareers Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. Submitting an electronic application through your CalCareers account is strongly recommended since electronic applications will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing. Please submit only one application.
If you are unable to submit your application electronically through your CalCareers account, please email email@example.com for assistance and a CDPH Human Resources Division staff member will contact you to assist with the online application process or, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method as explained in the How to Apply section below. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included.
Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
Final Filing Date: 6/12/2023
Who May Apply
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).
How To Apply
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:
Address for Mailing Application Packages
You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:
Department of Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Department of Public Health
Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
Resume is required and must be included.
Statement of Qualifications -
Please see Statement of Qualifications instructions below at end of posting. Any applications received that do not provide a written response to the SOQ will not be scored/reviewed.
Other - A writing sample is required
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.
Statement of Qualifications
Please complete an SOQ that addresses the following questions:
Describe your experience performing procedures in and/or providing safety guidance for Biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Describe your experience in developing biosafety and biosecurity written plans, protocols, and procedures.
List your memberships in professional biosafety organizations; the biosafety trainings and conferences you have attended; and/or any biosafety certifications you have achieved.
At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.
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