Microbiologist Public Health Supervisor

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on June 10, 2021

Public Health – Seattle & King County Laboratory is recruiting for a full time Supervising Microbiologist. This position plans and supervises a section of the Public Health Laboratory and conducts and interprets complex and/or hazardous microbiological and serological tests for diagnosis of communicable diseases, environmental sanitation and related research. This position plans and supervises day-to-day operations, trains and monitors staff, and conducts and interprets the most difficult tests.

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To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates. 

WORK SCHEDULE: This position has a regular schedule of Monday through Friday, day shift, evening shift, or night shift. At Seattle/King County Public Health we strive to be accessible to those we serve. This position may require flexibility to accommodate different work schedules and work locations.
 Harborview Medical Center
 Basement West Clinic Wing
325 9th Ave.
 Seattle, WA 98104

Job Duties

  • Assign, monitor, evaluate and provide technical instructions and guidance to microbiology staff.
  • Plan and carry out new programs and laboratory procedures.
  • Review all test results and media and reagent quality control data. Evaluate new reagents and media. 
  • Conduct and interpret special complex microbiological and serological tests for pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites. Samples are clinical and blood samples for diagnosis purposes. Conduct various tests when other staff are absent.
  • Report test results to laboratory clients; respond to technical questions.
  • Prepare periodic reports summarizing laboratory activities.
  • Write standard operating procedures for review by laboratory director.
  • Troubleshoot problems with reagents, media, materials and equipment when necessary.
  • Follow safety requirements and guidelines; recognize potential safety hazards and take corrective actions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in microbiology, medical technology, or chemical, physical, or biological science, and two years laboratory training/experience in microbiology OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the work.
  • Knowledge of relevant principles and bench-level practices of microbiology and serology, including such fields as mycobacteriology, enteric bacteriology, sexually transmitted bacteriology, environmental bacteriology, serology, immunology and parasitology.
  • Knowledge of procedures, principles and protocols for detection and identification of disease agents.
  • Knowledge of common causes of communicable diseases and methods of transmission and control.
  • Knowledge of regulations and safety, documentation and sterilization practices pertaining to public health microbiology.
  • Knowledge of laboratory hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of use and care of laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Knowledge of laboratory principles and applications of Quality Assurance and Quality Control.
  • Knowledge of project and operations management techniques and principles.
  • Skill in observation. 
  • Skill in communications (oral and written).
  • Skill in time management.
  • Skill in supervising, training, leading and mentoring assigned staff and promoting teamwork.
  • Skill in maintaining confidentiality of laboratory information.
  • Skill in promoting mutual respect and acceptance of all workers in a diverse work group.

Supplemental Information

APPLICATION PROCESS: The following completed items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line.
  • Supplemental Questions with complete, thorough answers. Answers that say "see resume" will be considered incomplete.

 You may attach multiple documents if you wish:

  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application. 
Attach multiple documents/files in the resume/attachment section.
 Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the required information in the application. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to 
Necessary Special Requirements

  • The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation and pre-employment physical exam.
CONTACT: For questions about this recruitment, please email Debbie Baker, Human Resource Analyst at debbaker@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-4053



This position is not represented 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you possess a Bachelor's degree in microbiology, medical technology, or chemical, physical, or biological science, and two years laboratory training/experience in microbiology?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered no to questions #1, please share any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides you with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform this work.
Do you have demonstrated experience planning and supervising day-to-day laboratory operations and conducting and interpreting microbiological and serological laboratory tests on clinical specimens and environmental samples for pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to question #3, please describe your experience with planning and supervising day-to-day laboratory operations and conducting and interpreting microbiological and serological laboratory tests. Include in your response where your experience was acquired, length of experience, the type of specimens and environmental samples you worked with, and your role or level of responsibility. If you answered no, put N/A.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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