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  • Full-time


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, 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.

Public Health Scientist

Division of Preparedness / State Laboratory 

Job Location:

Address: 250 N. 17th Avenue. Phoenix, AZ 85007 

Posting Details:

Salary: $46,200 

Grade: 18

Job Summary:

This position is under the Virology/Serology section of the laboratory which provides statewide clinical diagnostic and reference testing services for viral and some bacterial agents that aid in the diagnosis, management, and surveillance of infectious diseases that are of public health importance. This position is responsible for following standard operating procedures for laboratory testing using a variety of complex testing methods including molecular methods, traditional virological methods, and serological methods. In addition, this position will be responsible for other tasks to support laboratory testing in the section. This position may play a supportive role to other sections in the event of a disease outbreak or public health emergency. This position will participate in the Virology/Serology on-call rotation which can include work on nights, weekends, and holidays.

Job Duties:

– Performing complex laboratory test methods including molecular methods, traditional virological methods, and serological methods in accordance with standard operating procedures
– Performing quality control assignments
– Conducting research and development
– Miscellaneous duties (i.e. preventative maintenance, result interpretation, consultations, aliquoting, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Microorganisms and modes of disease transmissions.
- Immune system and serologic assessment of that response.
- Media characteristics and uses.
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control.
- Federal and State standards applicable to laboratory policies and procedures relating to specimen handling, aseptic technique and laboratory safety; regulations pertaining to confidentiality and reportable diseases.
- Laboratory techniques: GLP, aseptic technique, laboratory safety.
- Microbiological techniques: microscopy, slide preparation, and staining.
- Virological techniques: mammalian cell culture, microscopy, viral isolation.
- Molecular microbiological techniques: RNA/DNA isolation, RNA/DNA amplification, and detection, sequencing.
- Serological techniques.
- Performance Management (PM), and 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:
- Establish and maintain effective work relationships.
- Communicate verbally and in writing.
- Maintain accurate laboratory notes.
- Write technical reports.
- 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 or Master's Degree in laboratory science to include 12 semester hours in microbiology, molecular biology, or related field from a nationally accredited college or university (or a foreign degree which has previously been determined to be equivalent by a nationally recognized accrediting agency)
−Professional certifications such as ASCP and ASM

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).

The candidate must meet the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) minimum requirements for the performance of high complexity testing as defined in the CLIA §493.1489.


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 make a contribution 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.