Monday , January 30 2023

WA DOH Job Vacancy – Antibiotic Resistance Microbiologists

Washington State Department of Health


Applicant review is ongoing. Current applicants do not need to reapply. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision and/or close this position at any time.

Reporting to the Microbiologist 4, these Microbiologist 1 positions are responsible for:

Assuring that methods and conclusions of microbiological tests performed by other microbiologists are technically correct.
Maintaining policies, procedures, training, and compliance with CAP guidelines within the lab.
Cross-training and supporting staff in bacterial/fungal antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) testing within.
Accurately and timely performance of assigned laboratory work.
Participating in laboratory maintenance activities such as ordering/stocking, quality control (QC), quality assurance (QA), equipment calibration, verifications, proficiency testing, data entry, and specimen processing.
Supporting other areas in the Washington State Public Health Laboratories (PHL), as required under certain circumstances, such as when disease outbreaks occur.
Working in compliance with College of American Pathology (CAP) guidelines under the guidance of the section Leads and Supervisor.

These are full-time, permanent Microbiologist 1 positions located within the Division of Disease Control and Health Statistics, in the Antibiotic Resistance Lab.

About The Department Of Health

The vision of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is equity and optimal health for all. Our mission is to work with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state.

Our Values

Our Values Are

Good organizations know what they do and how they do it. Great organizations also understand why they do it.

Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do and take into account their needs, challenges, contributions, and objectives.
Equity: We are committed to fairness and justice to ensure access to services, programs, opportunities, and information for all.
Collaboration: We seek partnership and collaboration to maximize our collective impact. We cannot achieve our vision alone.
Seven Generations: Inspired by Native American culture, we seek wisdom from those who came before us to ensure our current work protects those who will come after us.
Excellence: We strive to demonstrate best practices, high performance, and compelling value in our work every day.

The Washington State Department of Health acknowledges that our locations statewide are on the homelands of Native people, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, within the boundaries of Washington State, there are 36 tribes, 29 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington State. Some of these are nations and confederacies that represent multiple tribes or bands. We express our most profound respect for and gratitude toward these original and current caretakers of the region. As a public health agency, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in public health programs and policies. We pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.

Benefits Of Working For DOH

Washington is America’s Top State, according to U.S. News (2021), and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We Also Offer

A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
Growth and development opportunities.
A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
Employee resource groups that provide forums for employees to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their personal and professional lives and support career development.

Duties Include

Reviewing all associated data prior to result release which requires incumbent to work on-site in the lab.
Ensuring all Quality Control (QC) passes before results are released which requires incumbent to work on-site in the lab.
Assisting with developing and performing validations/verifications/risk assessments, which requires incumbent to work on-site in the lab.
Maintaining good laboratory practice: restocking/inventory of supplies/reagents/media which requires incumbent to work on-site in the lab.
Performing routine lab QC/QA and lab maintenance activities which requires incumbent to work on-site in the lab.
Ensuring timely analysis of all submitted specimens which requires incumbent to work on-site in the lab.
Trouble shooting technical problems with the assays which requires incumbent to work on-site in the lab.

What We’re Looking For

Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. Our ideal candidate is outward even when confronted with others that are not open or collaborative. They demonstrate resilience to model outward behaviors even when stressed or tired.

Required Qualifications

Option 1: A bachelor’s degree with a major in microbiology or a major in another laboratory science provided that at least 20 semester or 30 quarter credit hours in microbiology are included; AND one (1) or more years of experience in a microbiology laboratory.


Option 2: A Master’s degree in Microbiology or closely allied field; AND one (1) or more years of experience in a microbiology laboratory.


Option 3: A Ph.D. in Microbiology or closely allied field.


Experience In The Following

Bacterial identification by both classical methods and molecular methods.
Antimicrobial resistant testing.
PCR and/or other molecular technologies.
CLIA, CAP, or ISO quality management systems.

Desired Qualifications

Certified as a Microbiologist (ASCP) or Medical Technologist (ASCP).
Thorough knowledge of standard office software, such as Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, etc.

Application Process

Intrigued? Click “Apply” to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

A cover letter (without any personal pictures), describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are interested in this position.
A current resume (without any personal pictures).
Three (3) or more professional references, to be listed in your profile under the references section which includes at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) someone you have supervised or led.

Please do not attach any letters of recommendation or other documents not requested above.

Important Note: Do not attach documents that contain a photo or private information (social security number, year of birth, transcripts, etc.) or documents that are password protected. These documents will not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and year of birth.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. We prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability.

This position is covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions

As stated in Governor’s Proclamation 21-14, all employees engaging in work for the Department of Health are required to be fully vaccinated before their hire date. Proof of vaccination will be verified by the Office of Human Resources after an employment offer has been extended.

This position requires an onsite/in-person presence. A medical or religious exemption to the vaccine mandate cannot be accommodated, at this time. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at if you have any questions.

With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:

Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
Work Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., but willing to adjust the work schedule to meet business needs.
Occasionally work more than 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
Move items weighing as much as 40 pounds.
Standing and utilizing a microscope for up to 2 hours.
Use appropriate PPEs, including gowns, gloves, respirators, BSCs, etc.
Be fitted with a respirator, which requires passing a medical evaluation and training. Both the evaluation and training are provided by DOH.
Receive vaccinations due to potential exposure to certain agents within the laboratory.
Participate in emergency response activities and when the Agency Coordination Center is activated.
Occasionally travel to conferences and meetings with stakeholders.

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