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Date: Sep 11, 2019

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Requisition No: 73277 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64026373 

Salary:  $1,673.36 - $1,804.70 Biweekly 

Posting Closing Date: 09/23/2019 

State of Florida

Department of Health

Bureau of Public Health Laboratories

Jacksonville Laboratory

TB Department

$1,673.36 - $1,804.70 Biweekly

Open Competative Advertisement



This is an independent, professional, microbiology position in the field of Mycobacteriology and is the senior technical scientist for the section. The incumbent in this position exercises independent judgement and must have the ability to solve technical problems related to testing methods and test performance. The person will have the authority to review and approve test results, and to generate patient specimen reports. The incumbent must have the knowledge and skills to communicate well with the Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program, physicians and other health professionals. The incumbent will oversee any research studies undertaken by the Mycobacteriology Laboratory and will be responsible for development and implementation of new methods.


Provide technical oversight of all testing in the Mycobacteriology Laboratory including methods used and test algorithm. In addition to providing technical oversight, incumbent will perform testing, as needed, particularly for the molecular methods for identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and drug susceptibility testing.


The incumbent will provide expert consultation and be available to discuss any technical questions related to laboratory results with health care providers and the TB Control Program. Support to all areas of the laboratory will be provided to ensure test performance and result reporting is of the highest quality and is within the required turnaround times.


Applied research and analysis of new products for the identification and drug susceptibilities of mycobacteria will be reviewed, developed and implemented as appropriate.  The incumbent will investigate and initiate the evaluation of new laboratory techniques developed in the mycobacteriology field that may be useful in the public health laboratory setting. Data regarding new methodology or best practices for the Mycobacteriology Laboratory will be presented at national meetings and/or published as appropriate.


Consult with and provide guidance and training to other mycobacteriology laboratories, hospitals, private laboratories, physicians, county health departments, and others within the state. Provide communications regarding test menu, test interpretations, and service information for the Mycobacteriology Laboratory.


Assist with quality assurance and safety programs in the Mycobacteriology Laboratory.  Provide a review

of quality assurance and biosafety procedures and policies and provide input for any necessary revision of

such procedures on at least an annual basis.


Serve as the technical lead for any special studies, working with vendors for the development and/or validation and implementation of new or improved testing techniques.


Perform other related as required.



Knowledge of terminology, principles and techniques used in analysis and testing. 

Knowledge of procedures, techniques & equipment used in lab testing and analysis. 

Skill in the use of lab equipment. 

Ability to communicate effectively. 

Ability to work independently. 

Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. 

Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.



PhD in a Biological or Chemical Science



Five years Clinical Microbiology experience in a CLIA-certified laboratory



Florida Clinical Laboratory Supervisor license in the specialty of Microbiology



Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in the Health Care Field, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout the State of Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team! 


We request that all applications be completed with People First - no faxed or mailed applications to the agency. Experience, education, and/or training used to meet the minimum qualifications and in response to the qualifying questions must be verifiable through information contained in your application.

When completing the online application, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month, and year) identifying company name or if unemployed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Please be advised:

Florida DOH is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.  Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired. The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.  


 This position requires fingerprinting and a security background check.  You will be required to provide your Social Security Number in order to conduct this background check.  Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety- sensitive positions. 


Direct deposit of salary is a condition of employment.


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


Incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.




Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.  Revised 02/13/2017



The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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