Job Posting for DPH: Bacteriologist II

Title: Bacteriologist II

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. This position works on a team to perform molecular diagnostic assays to detect the presence of biological agents (Zika, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella) and other infectious diseases in diagnostic samples. Testing is fast – paced and this position assures that incoming specimens are recorded, processed, and appropriately triaged for subsequent testing.


  • Works in both biosafety level 2 and 3 environments and may cross-train to provide surge testing for other laboratories.
  • Ensure that laboratory areas and reagents are contamination-free. Performs additional duties as required such as quality control, evaluation of laboratory equipment to determine need for repair and replacement, disposal of hazardous waste, and maintenance of frozen specimen collection.
  • Provides data for testing, surveillance summaries, and QA/QC reports for the laboratory.
  • Maintains proficiency in multiple laboratory procedures and safety protocols. Follows the laboratory established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory’s defined acceptable levels of performance and implements corrective actions when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.
  • Attends and participates in laboratory trainings and meetings. The work schedule is Monday through Friday.


MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or paraprofessional experience in bacteriology, biology or biochemistry work and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

To Apply: For more information and to apply, click here.


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