Title: Bacteriologist III
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory is seeking a qualified candidate to work in the Food and Dairy Laboratory Section of the State Public Health Lab. The ideal candidate will have a background in Environmental Microbiology, including knowledge of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food testing procedures, FDA dairy testing procedures, and ISO 17025.
Duties and Responsibilities: In this position, the ideal candidate will be responsible for testing and oversight of:
- Testing food samples related to foodborne outbreak investigations
- Testing milk and milk products for quality indicators such as total bacterial count, and evidence of antibiotic inhibitors, and evidence of proper pasteurization.
- Testing food samples as part of a routine surveillance program.
In this role you will have the opportunity to collaborate with state partners in Epidemiology and Environmental Health, as well as federal partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and FDA. You will be a member of the Massachusetts Working Group on Foodborne Illness Control (WGFIC) and the National Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), as well as certified by the FDA for dairy product analysis. You will work closely with the Laboratory Supervisors and Quality Assurance Division to ensure compliance and ongoing accreditation to the ISO 17025 standard. In line with the mission of the Department of Public Health, your work will assist in ensuring a safe food supply and reducing illness from foodborne pathogens for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- FDA certified in testing of milk and milk products
- Experience with FDA BAM food testing methods
- Experience with USDA MLG food testing methods
- Experience with ISO 17025
- Knowledge of molecular biology techniques and best practices
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