Job Posting for Mass Department of Public Health: Microbiologist I

TitleMicrobiologist I

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 identify and characterize 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. In this position you will also be responsible for testing bacterial isolates for antibiotic resistance.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs microscopic, cultural, biochemical and immunologic tests to identify a broad scope of pathogenic/opportunistic bacteria of clinical and public health importance.
  • Performs molecular and microbiological tests on bacterial isolates to confirm identification and detect antibiotic resistance.  Performs diagnostic procedures for the isolation and identification of the causative agents such as Enterobacteriacea and Pseudomonas. 
  • Performs molecular and microbiological tests on clinical specimens to aid in patient care and public health investigations.  
  • Assists in maintenance of supplies and equipment.
  • Advises personnel in media room concerning the preparation of media and reagents.
  • Actively participates in the quality assurance program.  
  • Observes and ensures safety precautions and practices.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certified medical technologist preferred.
  • Knowledge of clinical microbiology/bacteriology.
  • Knowledge of molecular techniques and PCR.
  • Knowledge of antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of running an ELISA.
  • Knowledge of BSL-3 practices.

To Apply: 

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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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