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PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENTIST ASSOCIATE

  • 500369
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES
  • Full-time

DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES

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 benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Pilot 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 1

Division of Preparedness/Bureau of State Lab 

Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $46,200 

Grade: 18

Job Summary:

This position will work in the Advanced Molecular Detection and Testing Support section in the Microbiology department. Entry-level position performing laboratory analyses on a variety of microbiological and/or chemical specimens. Interprets test results. Complies with quality control procedures. Records and reports test results. Assists with complex and specialized tests. Works with infectious, toxic, and/or other hazardous materials. Positions are responsible for quality analyses, accurate interpretation, recording test results, and determine if samples are suitable for testing. The position's duties are to support both routine and emergency microbiological activities where needed with a focus on high volume and/or highly complex testing for molecular identification and surveillance testing. The position will assist in the performance of validation and/or verification studies in all microbiology sections as assigned. The position is responsible for conducting testing to isolate and identify pathogenic microorganisms and toxins deemed to be important by law enforcement and public health agencies for priority biological agents suspected in bioterrorism attacks and will participate in the on-call rotation.

Job Duties:

- Performs, specialized microbiological and molecular biological testing procedures on specimens/samples submitted for laboratory analysis.
- Maintain knowledge of laboratory test methods and instrumentation through conferences, technical pieces of training, and scientific journals. Maintain competency of testing across the microbiology department.
- Performs quality control testing as required by regulations; maintains appropriate records. Records results of laboratory analyses, including such information as a procedure, followed specific laboratory results, final identification, date reported.
- Performs preventative maintenance of laboratory instruments. Orders and reorders supplies for the work unit as needed.
- On-Call Duties.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Microbiological and/or chemical terminology, general biological sciences, chemistry, and related concepts of physics.
- Principles and practices of microbiology and/or chemistry; microbiological and/or chemical laboratory methods, procedures, equipment, and technology.
- Media characteristics and uses.
- Quality control procedures and techniques.
- Federal and State standards applicable to microbiological and chemical test procedures.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies.
Skill in:
- Microbiological and/or chemical laboratory testing and interpretation.
- Using and caring for standard laboratory equipment.
- Applying safety precautions and procedures.
- Strong communication skills.
- Strong computer skills - MS Office, Google Suite. Computer coding language skill is a plus.
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 in laboratory science to include12 semester hours in microbiology, molecular biology, or related field from a nationally accredited college or university (or a foreign degree which has been determined to be equivalent by a nationally recognized accrediting agency) and at least 2 years of professional-level work experience in a laboratory. Preference will be given to candidates with Extensive experience performing high-volume PCR testing: previous clinical microbiology experience and 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).

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

The selected candidate will be required to submit to and pass a Department of Justice (FBI) Security Risk Assessment and will be required to carry an on-call phone on a rotating basis.

Benefits:

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

Retirement:

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.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

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.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.