Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist

Minnesota Department of Health
November 18, 2020
St. Paul, MN
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Job Details

Job Class: Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist

Working Title: Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist
Who May Apply: This position is open for bid and for all qualified job seekers.
Date Posted: 11/18/2020
Closing Date: 11/30/2020
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory / Microbiology
Work Shift/Work Hours: 8am-4:30pm / 40 hours per week
Days of Work: Monday - Friday. Some weekends and holiday shifts required.
Travel Required: Never or Rarely
Salary Range: $24.03 - $35.24/hourly; $50,174 - $73,581/annually
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - Minnesota Association of Professional Employees / MAPE
FLSA Status: Exempt - Professional
Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary
Job Summary
This position will provide lead work in the Microbiology Unit through testing clinical specimens and conducting and guiding technical and quality management activities. This position executes the more complex professional testing in the specialties of bacteriology (including mycobacteriology) and mycology, with an emphasis on bacterial identification, antimicrobial resistance such as phenotypic antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) and molecular assessment of resistance markers. This position will also be responsible for assessing, implementing, and prioritizing new technologies for the Microbiology Unit.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Laboratory Science, Microbiology, Biology, Physiology, or a related Clinical Laboratory Science.
Two years of professional diagnostic testing experience in a public health, hospital-based, or clinic-based laboratory with emphasis in clinical microbiology testing.
A Master's Degree in the fields above will count towards twelve months of professional experience.
A Ph.D in the fields above will count towards eighteen months of professional experience.
Preferred Qualifications
Ability to perform advanced specialized laboratory tasks including examination of specimens using classic phenotypic and microscopic techniques for the identification of bacterial, fungal, parasitic and mycobacterial infections.
Clinical laboratory experience in bacteriology and antimicrobial susceptibility testing with the ability to perform advanced specialized tasks including examination of specimens using classic microbiology techniques to isolate and identify pathogenic organisms, and to perform a variety of antimicrobial susceptibility testing techniques.
Familiarity with and ability to use computers, microscopes, centrifuges, incubators, biological safety cabinets, and molecular detection equipment.
Knowledge of CLIA rules and regulations.
Certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), or equivalent (e.g. Medical Technologist).
Skills to provide training for other laboratory employees, students, or other trainees.
Knowledge of and experience with MALDI-TOF instrument for identification of bacteria and yeast.
Experience with molecular biology methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
Knowledge of the principles, techniques, quality and practices in clinical bacteriology (including mycobacteriology), parasitology, or mycology.
Ability to prepare comprehensive work reports and interpret test results.
Ability to evaluate laboratory practices and make constructive recommendations for the improvement of procedures, methods, facilities, and equipment.
Proficient at Microsoft Word and Excel.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
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, employer 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
Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.
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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# to 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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