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Title:  Public Health Laboratory Unit Coordinator

Application Deadline Date:  02/02/2023
Req ID:  46063
Department:  Health
Location: 

Colchester, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $31.70

Overview

The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory has an exciting opportunity to be on the front lines of protecting public health in Vermont. The Public Health Laboratory Unit Coordinator in Microbiology will engage with different state, federal and academic partners to understand customer needs.   We are looking for a candidate who is self-motivated, has experience in leading a team of scientists, and has strong technical expertise to make process improvements while meeting regulatory and accreditation requirements. The preferred candidate should be engaged when performing a wide variety of tasks that require both technical knowledge of food microbiological methods and critical thinking and thrives in an environment that may encounter shifting priorities.  This person will join a team that enjoys organizing complex projects and is adaptable to responding to emerging infectious disease threats and has fun doing it.  While this role is mostly on-site, there may be opportunities to work from home.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Laboratory Unit Coordinator (Job Requisition #46063), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact cheryl.achilles@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 noxious or harmful fumes, chemicals and highly infectious pathogens and operate sophisticated laboratory equipment. Work requires some travel and incumbents should possess a valid Vermont operator's license. Pressure may be involved in testing a high volume of samples and providing accurate results within time constraints. Manual dexterity and good vision are required for certain analyses and in order to use equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

For Chemistry test areas
Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, radiochemistry, health physics, forensic science or a related chemical science AND one (1) year or more of professional level quantitative, radiochemistry or instrumental chemistry laboratory experience in a public health, environmental or related laboratory setting INCLUDING experience leading a work team
OR
Master’s degree in chemistry, physical science, or a closely related field AND two (2) years or more of professional level quantitative, radiochemistry or instrumental chemistry laboratory experience in a public health, environmental or related laboratory setting INCLUDING experience leading a work team
OR
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or other physical or biological science INCLUDING 18 credit hours in chemistry with laboratory course work and two mathematics courses or equivalent AND four (4) years or more of professional level quantitative, radiochemistry or instrumental chemistry laboratory experience in a public health, environmental or related laboratory setting INCLUDING experience leading a work team
OR
Three (3) years or more of experience as a Public Health Chemist IV

For Microbiology test areas:
Ph.D. in microbiology, molecular microbiology or related biological science and one (1) year or more of professional level microbiological, molecular or biological laboratory experience in a public health, clinical or related laboratory setting INCLUDING experience leading a work team
OR
Master’s degree in microbiology, molecular microbiology, biology or a closely related field AND two (2) years or more of professional level microbiological, molecular or biological laboratory experience in a public health, clinical or related laboratory setting INCLUDING experience leading a work team
OR
Bachelor’s degree in biology or microbiology or other physical or biological science INCLUDING 18 credit hours in microbiology with laboratory course work and two mathematics courses or equivalent AND four (4) years or more of professional level microbiological, molecular or biological laboratory experience in a public health, clinical or related laboratory setting INCLUDING experience leading a work team
OR
Three (3) years or more of experience as a Public Health Laboratory Scientist IV, A/C Microbiology

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.


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