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Date: Jan 16, 2022

Location: KISSIMMEE, FL, US, 34741

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Requisition No: 489001 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services


Position Number: 42001044 

Salary:  $46,381.14 - $99,000.20 

Posting Closing Date: 02/28/2022 






Reddy Bommineni, (321) 697-1405


A doctorate from an accredited college or university with major course of study in one of the Microbiology disciplines or Veterinary Medicine and one (1) year of professional biological experience in a field or laboratory program.

Certain positions within this class require individuals to meet specific federal or state regulations as identified by the employing agency.

Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.


To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Incumbent must pass a pulmonary function test with medical evaluation, must undergo and pass regular respirator fit-testing, and must wear a respirator when required.  Will be subject to the requirements of the proper use of appropriate respirator.

Occasional travel.

Some alternate work hours required to accomplish duties and responsibilities.


Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner.

Responsible for ensuring that assigned program areas have operational procedures and processes which result in accountability and compliance with division and department policies and procedures.

Incumbent serves as the Microbiology Department Head and is responsible for oversite of all diagnostic/clinical and regulatory Microbiology testing at BADDL. The incumbent is responsible for development and validation of test methodology in area of responsibility and for presentations at scientific meetings/conferences.

Incumbent serves as Microbiology supervisor which oversees the Virology, Serology, Bacteriology and Molecular Biology sections at the BADDL and is responsible for the examination of submitted specimens for the presence of disease agents. The incumbent serves as a technical expert in veterinary microbiology which requires a broad knowledge of animal and zoonotic diseases.

Supervises all Microbiology sections serology, virology, bacteriology and molecular biology section tests performed by section heads. May serve as back-up case-coordinator for sections outside microbiology department and provide other operational cross-coverage if necessary. Provides leadership, mentorship, coaching and direction to all microbiology department direct reports. Trains, directs and supervises all subordinates and ensures policies and procedures are maintained and followed.

Performs special procedures (e.g., contagious equine metritis culture, leptospiral testing, etc.) and assists in developing, validating, and quality controlling test procedures for the identification of pathogenic microorganisms.

Prepares concise, accurate reports on each viral and or bacterial agent isolated, which are sent to submitting veterinarians and/or program managers and discusses results with submitters upon consultation with the Bureau Chief/Laboratory Director.

Provides technical information on microbiological testing for incoming calls received.

Responsible for maintaining and upholding quality assurance and quality control procedures, quality control testing, preventive maintenance and documentation in virology, serology, bacteriology and molecular biology sections, as well as microbiology procedures performed in the biosafety level-3 facility. Serves as quality assurance coordinator for the microbiology sections and as a member of the quality assurance committee. Incorporates as standard testing procedure those methods deemed acceptable.

In coordination with the quality assurance manager, the incumbent is responsible for the update and control of standard operating procedures in the microbiology section, annual quality assurance management review documentation, and participation on quality assurance internal audits.  Provides department or section quality assurance training as needed and other duties as necessary.

Serves as back-up for bio-safety officer, serves on laboratory incident response and laboratory emergency teams, and other special event teams or ad hoc committees as needed.

Tests and evaluates promising methods.  Searches for new and improved methods for the isolation and identification of microorganisms other than viruses.

Reviews current scientific literature to search for new or improved techniques for the isolation of viruses and the diagnosis of viral diseases.

Researches and applies for grant and cooperative agreements opportunities that will benefit Florida’s animal industry and the laboratory in collaboration with the laboratory director. Monitors and creates and submits data for quarterly and annual reports for existing grants and cooperative agreements. Represents the laboratory in national forums, working groups and associations in areas of expertise relating to the Microbiology Department and BADDL.

Performs other related duties as required.  


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Proficiency in liquid handling using micropipettes in low light conditions as reagents are light sensitive
  • Ability to perform calculations for unit conversions and dilutions
  • Ability to receive and demonstrate understanding of technical instruction
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.


  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance – State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for individual and family coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts are available
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction


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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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. 

Nearest Major Market: Orlando