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|Employer:||Washington State public Health Laboratories
Shoreline, Washington 98155
|Primary Employer:||N/A; Other N/A|
|Scientific Specialty:||Public Health; Other N/A|
|Job Title:||Section Supervisor of Reference, Enterics, Food & Parasitology Labs|
|Years in position:||4 months|
|Day to day responsibilities:
My day to day responsibilities include the following: working with my lead microbiologists to ensure continual responsibility and surveillance over all tests performed, as well as assure adherence to proper technique and standards of quality and accuracy; confer regularly with personnel of local health departments, medical laboratories, physicians and representatives of other organizations (public or private) regarding all aspects of testing and reporting within the section; organizes and conducts in service training for employees within the section as well as rotations for medical students and microbiology students; conduct and coordinate laboratory studies; participate in management and budgeting meetings.
What do you love about your job?
I love the fact that everyday is different and interesting which ensures interactions with a variety of people from medical, research, agricultural, and public health communities.
Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
Bachelor's degree with major study in microbiology, public health, medical technology, environmental health or closely allied field. Coursework must include at least 20 semester or 30 quarter credit hours in microbiology. Additionally, six years of professional experience in a microbiology laboratory. A Master's or Ph.D. degree in one of the aforementioned fields may be substituted for one or two years of experience respectively. No more than two years of education may be substituted for experience. Selective certification will be allowed for candidates whose specialized experience is in the same microbiology sub-discipline. Knowledge of organization and operation of public health and medical laboratories including diagnostic tests and techniques in all fields of clinical microbiology. Ability to plan, organize, direct, coordinate and evaluate work of technical/ professional laboratory personnel and work cooperatively with personnel of State, local public and private laboratories. Public speaking and scientific report and grant writing skills are required.
Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
Medical technology students typically have a great chance of finding a job in microbiology upon graduation due to the specialized training they receive and workforce demand. For non-medical technology graduates, trainee positions are sometimes available which allow for basic microbiology training in public health laboratories. Several fellowships exist that provide specialized training in microbiology that allow for transition into research, clinical, or public health laboratories for undergraduate master’s and doctorate levels graduates who would like to increase their chances of securing a job in microbiology after graduation. These include the APHL/CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship, ASM/CCID Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the ASM CPEP Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Directorship.