Under moderate supervision of the Advanced Molecular Microbiology Group Manager and Clinical Bacteriology Team Lead and following standard protocols, performs basic and moderately complex microbiological work for the isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria from both referred cultures and clinical specimens using a battery of physiological, serological and identification tests. Performs quality control and preventive maintenance for the Advanced Molecular Microbiology Group. Duties are performed with adherence to standard protocol, with limited latitude to interpret standard protocol, and with limited use of initiative, scientific knowledge, and independent judgment. Safe operation of either a state-owned vehicle or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS Policy OS-3901, Fleet Operations and Management & Procedures and standards developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Essential Job Functions:
EJF 1. Under technical guidance of the Team Lead, performs basic and moderately complex procedures for the isolation and identification of bacteria from both referred cultures and clinical specimens. Performs bacterial isolation procedures to obtain a pure culture on referred cultures for confirmation and identification using standard protocol. Inoculates pure culture isolates to a battery of physiological tests; reads, interprets and records biochemical test results. Performs antimicrobial susceptibility testing or serotyping as needed. Completes the testing process, accurately records all test reactions, and confirms the identification of the organism by interpretation of appropriate identification keys. Recognizes problems or deviations and refers to supervisor or team lead. Participates in proficiency testing program and demonstrates proficiency in testing work. Ensures that all testing is performed as clinical or referred specimens are tested. (40%)
EJF 2. Performs quality control and preventive maintenance. Routinely prepares and evaluates the quality of reagents used in tests by tracking expiration dates, performing required quality control, and documentation of quality control results.; Documents technical performance issues. Identifies any aberrant Quality Control results notifies the Team Lead for corrective actions with a clear description of what occurred. (10%)
EJF 3. Evaluates test results and assures accuracy and completeness. Enters test results into laboratory information system for reporting. Identifies abnormal results and refers to Team Lead. Files completed reports according to standard protocol. (10%)
EJF 4. Ensures that there is an adequate supply of reagents and miscellaneous supplies and assists in supporting the Advanced Molecular Microbiology Group in maintaining an adequate supply of media and supplies. Reviews on a monthly basis the expiration dates of reagents and places requests for reagents when supply is below desired level. Reviews supplies for completeness of information and participates in semi-annual SAO inventory. (10%)
EJF 5. Performs preventative maintenance and basic troubleshooting on instruments. Recognizes problems and deviations and refers to supervisor Documents daily readings and verifies accurate performance. Participates in the disposal of biohazardous waste. (10%)
EJF 6. Participates in training program by reading procedures, listening, taking notes, and asking questions. Takes responsibility for ensuring that the knowledge and skills demonstrated are clearly understood and competency can be demonstrated. Participates in cross-training program by teaching or demonstrating laboratory techniques in accordance with standard operating procedures. (10%)
EJF 7. Assists with verification or validation studies of new products or techniques. Assists in development and revision of procedural manuals. Assists with special projects or surge capacity testing. Under technical guidance of the Team Lead, provides data for project updates. Compiles data in spreadsheet or word processing format for presentations. (5%)
EJF 8. Assists other staff in their duties and provides additional support with special projects to maintain the section's high quality and productivity. Participates in the weekend and holiday rotations. Attends meetings, interacts and communicates with customers when applicable. Attends and/or participates in work related workshops, seminars and other training activities. Answers routine customer inquiries according to SOP's and some non-routine inquiries as directed by supervisor. Interacts with other programs as requested. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or continuity of operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Based on your work area, consistently comply with DSHS Laboratory, local, state and federal guidelines to ensure a safe functioning laboratory. (5%)
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Basic knowledge of diagnostic, and public health bacteriology, including the use of various identification keys and biochemical tests to accurately identify bacteria representing the entire spectrum of the pathogenic organisms. General knowledge of the expected reactions of most culture media with known quality control organisms. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; follow written and verbal instructions. Ability to use various items of laboratory equipment, including use of a computer for word processing, spreadsheet and database analysis and results reporting. Ability to interact effectively with staff, work independently, work in harmony with other team members, and follow standard operating procedures and protocols. Skill in manipulating standard laboratory equipment with speed, accuracy, and safety. Can't be color blind.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Have an earned bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or medical technology from an accredited institution; or
Have an earned associate degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution.
Experience and education may be substituted as defined by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA '88) Standards
Initial Selection Criteria:
Basic knowledge of diagnostic and public health bacteriology, preferable but not required.
Ability to use various items of laboratory equipment, preferable but not required.
Knowledge of Quality control and Quality assurance,preferable but not required.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; follow written and verbal instructions in English.
Skills in using a computer for word processing and spreadsheet.
Additional Information: Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 67B, 71A, 230X, 43TX. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
Applicant is required to list all college level biology, microbiology, chemistry and other science courses on application or a separate sheet showing the course name and number of semester hours (copy of college transcript is acceptable). Applicant may fax list of completed coursework as described above to AccessHR at 1-866-245-3646. Please note Requisition number on all faxed information.
Applicants with diplomas awarded in countries other than the U.S. must contact Laboratory Personnel Services (512-776-7318) for an approved list of credentialing agencies and must provide credentialing agency foreign transcripts assessment report with this application.
67B, 71A, 230X, 43TX.
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