|Job title||Company||Expected salary||Location||Job date|
|Virology/Serology Public Health Scientist||State of North Carolina||$64270 – 112472 per year||Wake County, NC – Raleigh, NC||Sat, 28 Jan 2023 07:38:17 GMT|
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|Description of Work
THIS IS A RE-POST: PREVIOUS APPLICANTS MUST REAPPLY TO BE CONSIDERED
***This is a full-time, time-limited position***
The Virology/Serology Unit of the NC State Laboratory of Public Health is currently accepting applications for a Public Health Scientist. The primary purpose of this position is to provide support of scientific and technical leadership within the serology, special serology, molecular virology, and rabies sections in the development, optimization, validation, and implementation of FDA-cleared and “laboratory developed tests” (LDTs). This position will also serve as a technical resource to other staff when necessary. Individuals in this position may also supervise other laboratorians as part of a team effort for completion of a particular project. This position is responsible for the development and performance of advanced laboratory testing technologies including serologic-based assays, real-time PCR and next generation sequencing (NGS) for the diagnosis of viral diseases and oversee technology transfer within the laboratory.
This position will perform and document work in accordance with NCSLPH Quality Assurance guidelines and CLIA ’88 (Clinical Laboratory Improvement) rules and regulations. This position will assist the Virology/Serology Unit manager by supporting technical planning, project management, monitoring of deliverables, and providing staff trainings. This position will conduct routine biosafety risk assessments and developing risk mitigating strategies to safely handle novel viral threats using biosafety level 2, 2+, and 3 work practices and facilities
Areas of responsibility and duties include but are not limited to:
Provide scientific and technical leadership for the development, optimization, validation, and implementation of new test methods and procedures that support the NCSLPH Virology/Serology Unit
Assist in the development of expanded advanced molecular detection (AMD) and serologic methods and procedures
Evaluate new equipment and instrumentation, and assist in developing efficiencies within current workflows
Meet quality standards by performing and documenting work in accordance with NCSLPH Quality Assurance guidelines and CLIA ’88 (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) rules and regulations • Assist Virology/Serology Unit manager by supporting technical planning, project management, SOP development, monitoring of deliverables, and providing staff trainings
Manage and present data and findings to internal and external partners, and prepare manuscripts for publication
Manage and procure testing reagents, equipment, and consumables
Work is performed at BSL2, BSL2+, and BSL3 levels using proper containment techniques and personal protective equipment (PPE) as required. Surge capacity response during viral, bacterial, and/or fungal public health disease clusters, outbreaks, and/or pandemics is required. Work may require extended work hours to include weekends and/or holidays during public health emergencies and/or routine specimen processing.
Salary Grade: NC20
Recruitment Range: $51,895 – $83,737
Exam Plan: 22-10515
About the Division of Public Health and the State Laboratory of Public Health:
The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) provides an array of services including Laboratory Testing, Training/Consultation and Certification. The NCSLPH provides more than 125 clinical laboratory tests and more than 65 environmental laboratory tests to the public and private medical health care system in North Carolina and performs over 6 million tests annually on human, animal, food, water, and agricultural samples. Additionally, NCSLPH provides training and consultation for local health departments, hospitals, commercial laboratories, private health care professionals, community-based organizations and state and regional staff from the NC Division of Public Health (DPH) and other state and regional agencies.
A staff of over 200 employees make up the organization units which include Administration, Bioterrorism and Emerging Pathogens (BTEP), Chemical Terrorism and Threat, Environmental Sciences, Laboratory Improvement, Molecular Diagnostics & Epidemiology, Newborn Screening, Microbiology, and Virology/Serology and is co-located with the Office of Chief Medical in a 220,000-sq. ft. state of the art facility. The NCSLPH has several doctoral level managers and research scientists as well as medical laboratory specialists, medical technologists, chemists, laboratory technicians, and support staff.?
The Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) at the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) is comprised of three primary units containing various laboratories all of which provide testing services to local and state partners as well as to clinical labs for the diagnosis, treatment, surveillance, and control of communicable diseases. Collectively, the unit conducts highly complex testing procedures for the detection, identification, and characterization of a wide range of infectious agents from a variety of clinical, reference, and environmental specimens.
The Virology/Serology Unit provides clinical and surveillance viral testing for public and private laboratories, as well as for associated partners. This diverse unit performs testing such as organism identification and detection that aids in the diagnosis of respiratory, vaccine-preventable, vector-borne, and blood-borne viruses. This unit is also the only laboratory performing diagnostic rabies testing in the state of North Carolina. Additionally, the laboratory actively participates in the US influenza surveillance system. Results generated from this unit are utilized by a variety of partners for diagnosis, patient management, surveillance, and outbreak investigations.
Campus Amenities and Benefits at the State Laboratory of Public Health
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information listed under the text resume section or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. Qualified candidates must document on the application that they possess all the following:
An occupational medical assessment may be required to determine your ability to safely work with biological, chemical, or radiological hazards. This position may also require periodic medical screenings to confirm safety practices are effectively preventing occupational injury or illness.
All costs associated with obtaining occupational health services are covered by NCSLPH.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Doctoral degree in in molecular biology, medical genetics, microbiology, immunology, analytical chemistry, or a related field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of clinical laboratory or research experience
Supplemental and Contact Information
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence. Pre-Employment criminal background checks are required for some positions.
Division of Public Health (DPH) main locations, including their grounds, are tobacco-free as outlined in the Tobacco-free Campus Policy. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, “vape products” and all smokeless tobacco products, may not be used in the indicated areas. For more information, please see the policy and FAQ posted here:
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State of North Carolina employees have the opportunity to participate in a compelling array of benefits to enhance their quality of life, their health, and their future. Benefits include employee health insurance options, standard and supplemental retirement plans, NC Flex (a variety of high-quality, low cost benefits on a pre-tax basis), and paid vacation, sick, and community service leave, to name a few. Paid parental leave is available for eligible employees. Some benefits require 30 + hours work/week for participation. To find out about these, and other programs, please visit our Employee Benefits page:
For temporary, contract or other supplemental staffing appointments:
**There are no paid leave, retirement or other benefits associated with these appointment types.**
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