The Tennessee Department of Health is currently seeking a Public Health Laboratory Scientist 4 to work in the Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory on surveillance of Zika and other arboviruses utilizing molecular detection approaches. Primary responsibilities will include supervising and conducting molecular, serological, cell culture and other microbiological work at BSL-2 and BSL-3 levels. The incumbent will provide technical assistance to lower level personnel on complex problems in microbiological, serologic, and molecular testing such as PRNT, IFA, multiplex real time PCR, reverse transcription PCR, and sequencing. The microbiologist will work on vector-borne and zoonotic disease surveillance, reporting, and education in collaboration with other agencies including CDC, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA-APHIS-VS/AC, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and USDA-WS and assist in facilitating interagency communication through coordination of working groups, data management, analysis, and writing. This position reports to the Director of the Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory and supervises microbiologists, fellows and students.
Experience with arboviruses, advanced molecular techniques, serological and cell- culture assays is highly desirable. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, or microbiology, medical technology, or related biological, physical or agricultural science and experience equivalent to three years of full-time professional microbiologic or related professional laboratory work.
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry), ecology, life sciences (e.g. biology, microbiology, health physics, biochemistry or biophysics), medical laboratory science, pre-medicine, or other acceptable science, and five years of full- time professional work in the related field. Substitution of Education for Experience: Graduate course work received from an accredited college or university in a related field may substitute for the required experience on a year-to-year basis to a maximum of three years (e.g. 24 graduate semester hours or 36 graduate quarter hours in a related field may substitute for one year of the required experience).
Necessary Special Qualifications: Applicants for this class must: • A PH Lab Scientist 4 performing Clinical duties the major portion of their time must: Be Licensed as a Medical Laboratory Technologist by the Tennessee Department of Health
OR • Unlicensed but eligible to become licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health as a Medical Laboratory Technologist
OR • Licensure as a Medical Laboratory Technologist by the Tennessee Department of Health must be obtained within three months of hire date and maintained throughout the duration of employment.
Note: Licensure as a Medical Laboratory Supervisor or Director subsumes the Public Health Laboratory Scientist 4 level and therefore also qualifies for this job classification.
• A PH Lab Scientist 4 performing Chemist duties the major portion of their time must: have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, including at least 32 credit hours in the following areas: (1) general chemistry, (2) organic chemistry, (3) quantitative analysis, (4) instrumental analysis and (5) physical chemistry.
A PH Lab Scientist 4 performing Aquatic Biologist duties the major portion of their time must: have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree, including at least 32 credit hours in biology, in one of the following areas: (1) biology or biological sciences, (2) botanical sciences, (3) environmental or conservation sciences, (4) zoological sciences, or (5) aquatic, terrestrial, or wetland biology or ecology or other acceptable biological science related field.
Must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's license throughout the duration of employment.
Degrees must be from an accredited college or university. A transcript evaluation is required for degrees earned outside of the United States.