Bacteriologist 2

Minnesota Department of Health
April 29, 2021
St. Paul, MN
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Job Class: Bacteriologist 2

Working Title: Bacteriologist 2
Who May Apply: This vacancy is open for bids and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be considered through 05/05/2021.
Date Posted: 04/29/2021
Closing Date: 05/05/2021
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory / Microbiology Unit
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00am - 4:30pm
Days of Work: Monday - Friday. Rotating weekend shifts are required.
Travel Required: Never or Rarely
Salary Range: $21.83 - $31.70/hourly; $45,581 - $66,189/annually
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Association of Professional Employees - MAPE
FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary
Job Summary
This position will conduct laboratory testing specialties such as Bacteriology (including Mycobacteriology) and Mycology. This position will also utilize microbiology techniques and specialized molecular diagnostic assays to detect pathogens, perform antibiotic susceptibility testing, and characterize human infectious diseases. Additionally, the position provides capacity and general support to the Microbiology Unit and consultation to outside partners and collaborators.

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Biology, Clinical Laboratory Science, or a related field.
One year of professional testing experience in a Clinical Microbiology or Public Health Laboratory.
The chosen candidate must have successfully completed a minimum of five semester/seven quarter college credits in microbiology, immunology, or related subjects. Applicants must provide evidence of course completion prior to employment.
Preferred Qualifications
• A Master's degree in Microbiology, Biology, or a related field.• Knowledge of the principles, techniques, quality, and practices in clinical bacteriology (including mycobacteriology) and mycology.• Clinical laboratory experience in specialty areas including broth microdilution, disk diffusion, and ETEST antimicrobial susceptibility testing.• Experience using MALDI-TOF for bacterial and fungal identification.• Experience with molecular biology methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.• Experience in implementation of new microbiology assays, including preparing a validation report.• Ability to perform advanced specialized tasks including examination of specimens using classic microbiology techniques to isolate and identify pathogenic organisms.• Familiarity with and ability to use computers, microscopes, incubators, biological safety cabinets, and molecular detection equipment.• Ability to prepare comprehensive work reports and interpret test results.
Physical Requirements
Precise hand dexterity is required to utilize laboratory tools to manipulate bacteria and a variety of pipettes for testing assays.
Additional Requirements
This position requires successful completion of a background check.

Application Details
Why Work For Us
Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employee longevity and job satisfaction.
We offer a competitive benefits package including employee and family health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health promotion programs, pre-tax benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and more!
How to Apply
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If you have questions about the position, contact Lenny Thao at or 651/201-4130.
If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job posting ID#/number to Lenny Thao at by the position close date.
If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Health ADA Coordinator at
The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.
We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.

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