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Title:  Public Health Laboratory Scientist III, Microbiology - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  04/14/2021
Req ID:  13743
Department:  Health

Colchester, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $25.09


The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory is seeking an individual to perform clinical testing for the 2019 novel Coronavirus by real-time RT-PCR.  This position may also perform testing in other areas of the laboratory, such as environmental testing for pathogens in food samples.  This position is a grant funded position for a four year duration with a possible extension.


This limited service position expires on 07/31/2024.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Laboratory Scientist III, Microbiology - Limited Service (Job Requisition #13743), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Barb.Cote@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Must be able to work in laboratory conditions with exposure to biohazards by handling samples that either is a bodily fluid or may be contaminated with bodily fluid(s) or highly infectious pathogens. May undergo a medical evaluation and fit testing for respirator use. Must be willing to be called upon with short notice (sometimes only hours) to respond to a public health emergency or natural disaster affecting a large segment of the Vermont population and able to accurately analyze samples in such a short timeframe. May need to explain laboratory data and testing to the general public, explain what the VDHL can do and to educate them regarding public health science.

Work requires some travel and incumbents should possess a valid Vermont operator's license.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in microbiology, molecular microbiology or a related biological science.


Master's degree in microbiology, molecular microbiology, biology, physical science or a closely related field AND one (1) year or more of professional level microbiological, molecular or biological laboratory experience in a public health, clinical or related laboratory setting.


Bachelor's degree in microbiology, biology, physical science or a closely related field INCLUDING 18 credit hours in microbiology with laboratory course work and two (2) mathematics courses AND three (3) years or more of professional level microbiological, molecular or biological laboratory experience in a public health, clinical or related laboratory setting.


One (1) year or more of experience as a Public Health Laboratory Scientist II, A/C Microbiology.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates will possess three or more years of experience performing real-time RT-PCR molecular assays.  Broad knowledge of classical microbiology and molecular procedures, instrument analysis techniques, safety, and quality assurance are highly desirable for this position, as is experience with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, results-oriented individual with a minimum of 3 years of experience performing clinical or environmental testing in a clinical or public health laboratory setting.

•    the ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
•    to read, analyze, interpret, and communicate complex scientific, technical, administrative, and educational documents.
•    knowledge of policies, processes, and procedures related to corrective and preventive actions. 
•    the ability to communicate orally and in writing.
•    ability to work in accordance with applicable regulatory and laboratory accreditation requirements (CLIA, ISO 17025).
•    Broad knowledge of classical microbiology principles and laboratory methods for isolating and identifying pathogenic microorganisms using traditional biochemical and microscopic analyses.
•    Broad knowledge of quality assurance systems, including proficiency testing and quality control.
•    Ability to research, develop, verify, and implement procedures/methods.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

AHS Affirmative Recruitment

The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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