PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGIST I

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $82,080.00 - $104,772.00 Annually USD

Job Description

EXAM NUMBER:
PH4999C

FIRST DAY OF FILING:
11/29/18

Beginning Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.


TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
Open Competitive Job Opportunity

DEFINITION:
Performs a variety of standardized public health laboratory tests within a specialized area (such as bacteriology, virology, serology, or parasitology) or across specialty lines.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class work under the supervision of supervisory public health laboratory personnel in a general or a specialized public health laboratory unit. Incumbents are responsible for the accurate performance on a volume basis of a group of standardized tests assigned to a laboratory unit and/or an individual workstation. Although varying in their complexity, the tests conducted by Public Health Microbiologists are standardized with the procedures prescribed by laboratory management. These procedures are available to Public Health Microbiologists I in written form either in a procedures manual, a textbook, or other document. Public Health Microbiologists are specifically trained in the performance of each test and are not permitted to function independently until they have satisfactorily demonstrated not only that they can correctly perform the test but also that they understand the scientific principles on which the test is based. Public Health Microbiologists are accountable for the validity and reliability of all tests results obtained. Such accountability extends not only to their following exact procedures in test performance, but in the calibration of all instruments used and the quality control of other variables which might affect the results, such as reagents or other solutions or materials. Incumbents use judgment in the conduct of the laboratory tests assigned them; they not only measure quantities of specimen and other solutions or materials used and perform mathematical calculations, they must also evaluate or interpret their findings at each step in the test process and determine that such finding are consistent with overall clinical symptoms indicated by the attending physician. When findings do not appear to be consistent with the clinical symptoms indicated by physician, Public Health Microbiologists I may communicate with the physician directly or through their supervisors in an effort to resolve apparent discrepancies. Public Health Microbiologists instruct approved trainees and newly hired microbiologists in all aspects of their work.
Essential Job Functions
Conducts specialized parasitology examinations to identify ova, worms, and protozoa present in fecal specimens.Performs microbiological examinations for the detection and identification of viral agents utilizing live host systems such as tissue cultures, embryonated eggs, and suckling and adult white mice; examines brain material from various animals for suspected rabies.Isolates and identifies fungi of medical significance by correlating information derived from stained smears, wet mounts, biochemical patterns, and colony morphology.Makes microbiological examinations of body fluids, discharges, secretions and blood specimens to determine the presence of mycobacteria, gonorrhea, typhoid, salmonella, shigella, and related organisms, and of foods suspected of causing food poisoning.Performs serological laboratory examinations including agglutination, precipitation, absorption, immunofluorescence and complement fixation tests in connection with the detection and control of syphilis and other diseases.Conducts specific biochemical tests on blood, blood plasma, urine and other body fluids to determine the presence and quantity of specific metabolic substances, and performs such hematological procedures as electrophoresis, complete blood counts, blood sedimentation rates, hemoglobin determinations, and hematocrits.Calibrates laboratory instruments following prescribed methods and performs other quality control procedures to assure the operational accuracy of equipment and test reproducibility; performs first-line maintenance on such equipment.Gives bench-level instruction on the detailed aspects of assignments to approved trainees, newly hired microbiologists, and professional personnel from medical laboratories in the community who have been referred or seek assistance in the proper conduct of test procedures.
Requirements
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
A current Public Health Microbiologist's certificate* issued by the California State Department of Public Health.**

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
*
For information on how to obtain the letter/certificate from the California State Department of Public Health verifying eligibility to work as a Public Health Microbiologist, click on the link below: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OSPHLD/LFS/Pages/PublicHealth.aspx

LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation to perform job-related essential functions may be required.

PHYSICAL CLASS:
2 - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
The experience listed below must be full-time work experience beyond the Minimum Requirements.
  • Experience utilizing software programs such as Microsoft Office (word, excel, power point or access) to create documents, reports, databases, flow charts, etc.
  • Experience in a research, clinical or public health laboratory.
  • Experience with laboratory techniques including microscopy, gel electrophoresis, nucleic acid extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing, etc.
  • Experience using diagnostic testing methodologies to include limitations of testing, reference methods, appropriate test utilization, and test interpretation.
  • Experience using diagnostic testing methodologies for bacterial serotyping, water, and dairy sample testing.

Additional Information
EXAMINATION CONTENT
This examination will consist of an Evaluation of Training and Experience based upon application information, desirable qualifications, and supplemental questionnaire at the time of filing, weighted 100%.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be added to the Eligible Register.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be added to the Eligible Register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.

Complete applications will be processed on an as-received basis. No person may compete for this examination more than once in a twelve (12) month period.
VACANCY INFORMATION
The resulting Eligible Register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.

AVAILABLE SHIFT
Any
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
Applications must be filed ONLINE ONLY. Applications submitted by mail, fax, or in person will NOT be accepted. Any required documents and/or additional information, if any, must be submitted with your application online or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to bretamoza@ph.lacounty.gov

Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website. Applicants must submit their completed applications by 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS . Fill out the application and supplemental questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any relevant education and/or job experience you include. In the space provided on the application for education, include names and addresses of schools attended, dates attended, degree(s) received, and degree major. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job/position title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work and duties performed. If your application and/or supplemental questionnaire is/are incomplete, the application will be REJECTED.

**In order to receive credit for any required certifications, you must attach a legible copy of the certificate/letter with your application online at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to bretamoza@ph.lacounty.gov

Failure to provide complete, accurate information will impact the assessment of your qualifications and the acceptance of your application into the examination process.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • Please note that ALL information supplied by applicants and included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • Applications may be rejected at any stage of the examination and selection process.
  • FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT.
  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification and/or Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. In doing so, your application will be dispositioned as incomplete and will be REJECTED.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes in the format XXX-XX-XXXX. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone: (323) 914-8488
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077

Department Contact Name: Exam Analyst
Department Contact Phone: (323) 914-8488
Department Contact E-mail: HRExams@ph.lacounty.gov
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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