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Junior Public Health Microbiologist

Company: COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
Location: San Diego
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Job Description:

Job Details Full-time1 hour ago Full Job Description The County of San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency is currently accepting applications for JUNIOR PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGIST The County of San Diego, Public Health Services, is recruiting new biological sciences graduates or laboratory scientists new to public health who have a bachelor's or master's degree in a biological science to launch their career in the challenging and meaningful specialty of public health microbiology. You will have a unique and exciting opportunity to participate in a Public Health Microbiologist training program while you learn and work as a microbiologist. Upon receipt of your Public Health Microbiologist certification, you may be eligible to for promotion to Public Health Microbiologist. You will receive training in performing microbiological tests on specimens from human, animal, environmental and food sources for the Public Health Laboratory. Incumbents in this class acquire work experience, knowledge, and skills in order to take the California Department of Public Health examination to become certified as a Public Health Microbiologist. Junior Public Health Microbiologists perform laboratory work involved in conducting bacteriology, serology, parasitology, mycology, virology, and other tests, and analyzes specimens to determine the presence of diseases; perform laboratory procedures using microscopy, culture, biochemical tests, automated instruments, and molecular biology techniques; isolate and/or identify organisms and interprets microbiological data; conducts tests for food borne illnesses; conducts bacteriological examinations of water and food products; analyzes and interprets test data and prepares reports; and perform related work. Click here for a complete job description including job duties, working conditions, etc. Minimum Qualifications: The possession of a current certification as a Public Health Microbiologist issued by the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services; OR, A Public Health Microbiologist Trainee certificate of approval from the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services. To obtain this certificate of approval, contact the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services at or call for more information. Working Conditions The primary work environment is a public health laboratory. Incumbents are required to work with pathogenic organisms including HIV, drug-resistant pathogens, bioterrorism agents, acids, and caustic and volatile chemicals. Incumbents must be willing to be immunized against infectious agents encountered in the laboratory including Hepatitis B and rabies. Incumbent must be willing to take skin tests, X-rays, and blood tests. Incumbents use automated instruments, face shields, and respirators. Incumbents are required to work evenings, weekends and holidays on an occasional basis. Incumbents must be available on call on a 24-hour, seven-day basis for assigned periods. Ideal Candidate Able to think logically and reach accurate deductions; willing to train in all sections of the lab; organized, attentive to details and meticulous; able to follow directions and protocols; good verbal and written communication skills with legible handwriting; value and respect others; able to use both hands to manipulate materials; and have normal color vision. Able to assist in lifting/transporting objects up to 75 pounds, is willing to work with infectious materials and is willing to perform animal autopsies and remove brain tissue from rabid animals. Evaluation Process: The names of qualified applicants will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment and supplemental application. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application form will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying. Note: Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential function of a job, on a case-by-case basis. The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the Live Well San Diego vision: A region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving. Click here for more information . Under California Government Code Sections 3100 - 3109, public employees are designated as disaster service workers. The term 'public employees' includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, state agency, or public district. Disaster service workers are required to participate in such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their employer or by law. The County of San Diego is committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion because our diverse workforce is our greatest asset and our customers are our number one priority. Show full job description Apply Now

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