Job Posting for Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Bacteriologist I

Title: Bacteriologist I

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts State Public Health Lab at the Department of Public Health offers an opportunity for a professional with a strong science background to perform complex immunologic and molecular tests to identify pathogenic bacteria and antibodies to viruses of both clinical and public health importance, including HIV, Chlamydia trachomatisNeisseria gonorrhea, Hepatitis C Virus, and Syphilis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Testing human specimens for the presence of genetic material, antigens or antibodies to HIV, Chlamydia trachomatisNeisseria gonorrhea, Hepatitis C Virus, and Syphilis.

  • Performing relevant quality control activities as required.

  • Reporting results in a timely manner.

  • Communicating problems to the laboratory supervisor as needed.


Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or paraprofessional experience in bacteriology, biology or biochemistry work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I.  A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in bacteriology, biology, chemistry or biochemistry may be substituted for the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirements: None.


  • Experience in Clinical Microbiology and automated testing systems.
  • Experience in NAAT/PCR.

  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.

  • MT(ASCP) certification.


• 75% state paid medical insurance premium

• Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

• Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

• Low cost basic and optional life insurance

• Retirement Savings: State Employees’ Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

• 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

• Tuition Remission for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

• Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

• Incentive-based Wellness Programs

• Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

• Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

To Apply: 

Submit an application here

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