Join us in our mission to enhance Washington's health through data and public health initiatives!
As Lead Microbiologist in the BioWatch/Emergency Response Laboratory, you'll be part of a team dedicated to high-consequence pathogen surveillance and diagnostic testing, including year-round environmental testing. You'll collaborate on emergency response testing with first responders, law enforcement, epidemiologists, and health departments. Your work is essential in protecting Washington State's health by providing timely, accurate results to limit infectious disease spread. Interactions include internal teamwork and engaging with submitters, various lab sections, and external partners. You will also have the opportunity to lead and train others, making a lasting contribution to our mission. This position strengthens our lab's testing capacity, enhancing readiness for biothreats, pandemics, and emerging diseases.
Ensure strict adherence to BioWatch regulations and federal select agent regulations.
Address technical issues with assigned tests (e.g., PCR, TRF, culture-based assays) by troubleshooting and resolving challenges.
Maintain effective communication channels with stakeholders, including PHL management, first responders, CDC, and BioWatch program personnel.
Perform sample preparation activities such as DNA/RNA extraction, suspicious package assessment, filter cutting, and specimen log-in procedures.
Conduct culture-based methods, PCR, Time Resolved Fluorescence, mouse bioassays, and Maldi-Tof analysis for the detection and identification of bacterial and viral pathogens and toxins.
Continuously learn and apply new technologies and assays to address emerging disease threats.
Ensure compliance with CAP/BioWatch quality requirements and support successful audits.
Organize daily duties for bench staff and review quality control records generated by bench staff.
Initiate quality improvement processes when testing anomalies are detected, ensuring swift resolution of issues. 1
Champion proper safety practices and generate accident and incident reports and contribute to root cause analysis efforts to minimize accidents.
Train other Microbiologists comprehensively in BioWatch and Bioterrorism/emergency response testing.
Maintain thorough documentation of all training activities to meet accreditation and regulatory compliance standards (e.g., CAP/BioWatch/DSAT).
Ensure that all analyses are conducted in strict accordance with institutional procedures and policies.
We value all experience, whether it's paid or unpaid. What's important is that you showcase your relevant journey in your cover letter, resume, or applicant profile.
Option 1: Bachelor's degree in another biomedical laboratory science with at least 20 semester or 30 quarter credit hours in microbiology and three (3) years of experience in a microbiology laboratory.
Option 2: Bachelor's degree with a major in microbiology and three (3) years of experience in a microbiology laboratory.
Option 3: Master's degree in Microbiology or closely allied fields may be substituted for (1) one year of experience.
Option 4: Ph.D. in Microbiology or closely allied field
Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To accomplish all of these, we collaborate with many partners every day.
We help ensure a safer and healthier Washington by:
Working to improve health through disease and injury prevention, immunization, and newborn screening
Providing health and safety information, education and training so people can make healthy choices
Promoting a health and wellness system where we live, learn, work, play and worship
Addressing environmental health hazards associated with drinking water, food, air quality and pesticide exposure
Protecting you and your family by licensing healthcare professionals, investigating disease outbreaks and preparing for emergencies