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COME WORK WITH US! The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules and flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefits package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.



Job Location:

  Address:  250 N 17th Ave.

                         Phoenix, AZ 85007   

Posting Details:

Salary: $67,980 

Grade: 22

Job Summary:

The Bio-safety Specialist and Laboratory Response Scientist will assist the Chief of Laboratory Support Services with the design, implementation, administration, and oversight of the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory’s bio-safety program. Work conducted in this position will include performing routine laboratory testing for select agents, ensuring safe disposal of biological and chemically hazardous materials within State and Federal regulations, ensuring safe laboratory operations through routine inspections and risk assessments, performing accident investigations, participating in or attending scientific training related to bio-safety or LRN activities, provide technical support to other departments within the Office of Laboratory Support Services, and participate in other special projects as it relates to bio-safety or LRN. This position will also serve as an assistant to the Responsible Official for DSTAT and select agent-related activities.

Job Duties:

-Perform specialized microbiological and molecular biological testing procedures and training for the Laboratory Emergency Response Department within the Office of Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics. Maintain technical expertise in LRN test methods.
-Provides technical expertise and assistance to the Support Services group as a subject matter expert for the office.
-Coordinates disposal of hazardous substances within State and Federal regulations.
-Performs bio-safety risk assessments of existing and newly implemented tests in accordance with APHL and CDC guidelines and investigates safety incidents to improve safety.
-Performs and coordinates inspections for the laboratory as a whole and specific annual inspections for the Laboratory Response program.
-Supports the Responsible Official for the Division of Select Agents and Toxins activities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Microorganisms and modes of disease transmission.
- Immune system knowledge.
- Experience with microbiological and molecular techniques.
- Bio-safety principles.
- Operation system designs.
- DOT regulations as they relate to the shipment of etiological materials.
- CDC/USDA regulations relate to bio-security, disease epidemiology, and bio-safety technique.
- Experience with risk assessments and development of bio-safety protocols.
- Google and Windows software, including presentation, web-based training, teleconferencing, and web-conferencing software.
- Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong computer skills.
- Strong degree of manual dexterity.
- Time management.

Ability to:
- Interact well and maintain effective work relationships with laboratory coworkers, submitters, administrative personnel, and management.
- Adapt to rapidly changing requirements.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor's Degree in microbiology, molecular biology, biology, or related field and three years of work experience in a clinical lab environment. A foreign degree must previously be equivalent by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Board certification in clinical microbiology, industrial hygiene, or a certified bio-safety professional is preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

-Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

-Candidate must meet the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CUA) minimum requirements for the performance of high complexity testing as defined in the CUA regulations subpart 06171 493.1489(b)(2)(i). See the following link: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/CLIA/03_1nterpretive_Guidelines_for_Laboratories.asp#TopOfPage

-Work with select agents and obtain the required security risk assessment for clearance.


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award-winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will contribute to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27-week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format, by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.