Title: Bacteriologist III
Organization: The 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 work in the Bioterrorism Response Lab testing clinical isolates and environmental samples for suspect biothreat agents. The candidate in this position is also responsible for identification and characterization of bacteria of public health significance including the causative agents for whooping cough, pneumonia, meningitis, and gonorrhea, as well as identify agents of foodborne illness such as Salmonella and E. coli, as well as testing bacterial isolates for antibiotic resistance.
The candidate in this position will serve as the LRN coordinator, acting as the liaison between the State Public Health Lab and CDC, and the local clinical labs in Massachusetts to offer training, support, and troubleshooting, as well as assisting and training clinical lab personnel and first responders in proper collection and shipping of specimens and samples. The ideal candidate in this position will have experience in traditional clinical microbiology and will have experience in public speaking and teaching.
This position will require work in the BSL-3 laboratory. In the context of work in a BSL-3 environment the successful candidate must understand the following:
- All Tier 1 Staff will undergo a security risk assessment (SRA), which includes signing a confidentiality statement, and renewal every three years.
Working conditions include potential exposure to infectious agents.
- All Tier 1 designated staff who may be exposed to Tier 1 Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) must complete OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix C), be evaluated and determined able to wear a respirator before working in any HSLI laboratory (Tier 1, non Tier 1 and non SAT) that requires a respirator.
- All Tier 1 designated staff are subject to ongoing suitability assessment to ensure compliance with federal regulations regarding Tier 1 Select Agents. Failure to pass the SRA and/or suitability assessment required for access to Tier 1 BSAT may be laid off if no other resolution is reached..)
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