Bacteriology Laboratory Spec

Minnesota Department of Health
August 5, 2022
St. Paul, MN
Job Type


Job Details

Job Class: Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist

Working Title: Bacteriology Laboratory Spec

  • Who May Apply: Open to all bidders of MDH and all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be accepted through 08/11/2022.
  • Date Posted: 08/05/2022
  • Closing Date: 08/19/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Health / Health-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory Division/ Sequencing and Bioinformatics
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes - Up to 25% of the time
  • Salary Range: $25.25 - $37.02/hourly; $52,722 - $77,297/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

This Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist position is part of the Sequencing and Bioinformatics Unit of the Infectious Disease Laboratory Section. The purpose of this position is to perform, refine and develop next-generation sequencing (NGS) and other molecular biological techniques on infectious disease pathogens of public health interests, including SARS-CoV-2. This position will also be responsible for NGS training of internal and external public health laboratory staff. This position will work to cultivate an inclusive work environment for all, with respect to diversity and equity.


Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Biology, Molecular Biology, or related science.


Two years of professional experience performing laboratory testing in the field of Biology, Molecular Biology or Microbiology.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master's degree in Microbiology, Biology, Molecular Biology, or a related field.

Hands on experience with NGS library preparation, troubleshooting etc.

Hands on experience with liquid handling system operation, maintenance, programming.

Workforce development and/or laboratory assay training experience on NGS and other molecular laboratory testing assays.

Experience with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), Assay development and CLIA validation.

The ability to conduct advanced specialized tests independently.

Understanding biological hazards in a laboratory and practicing safety procedures.

Experience working with others from the State, Federal, and Private research funding organizations.

The ability to record and report results within specified timeframes.

Demonstrated ability to provide training for other laboratory employees, students, or other trainees, to support a collaborative team environment.

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

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 .

For additional information about the application process, go to .


If you have questions about the position, contact Elizabeth Huckins at .

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job Posting ID number to Elizabeth Huckins 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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