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Date: Apr 10, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 33564 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 42003429

Position Number: 42003429 

Salary:  $36,467.60 - $44,000.06 

Posting Closing Date: 04/20/2018 








Dr. Jason J. Crowe

3125 Conner Boulevard, L29-9

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650

(850) -617-7550



A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or any Natural Sciences discipline and two (2) years of professional Microbiology or Molecular Biology laboratory work experience; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or any Natural Sciences discipline and one (1) year of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university in Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology, or any Natural Sciences discipline

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

At least 20 credit hours, or equivalent, of Molecular Biology and Microbiology coursework is preferred

Each applicant is required to submit a copy of their transcript (an un-official copy is acceptable) which should reflect the following coursework:


Including, but not limited to: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Elective in an Applied Molecular or Microbiology Course, General Microbiology, Bacterial Physiology, Serology/Immunology and Pathogenic Microbiology.

The transcript must be submitted at the time of application via People First or through the U. S. Mail (Post Marked by the Closing Date of this advertisement) addressed to: Dr. Jason J. Crowe at 3125 Conner Boulevard, L29-9, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work history, hours
worked and formal education are required to qualify for this position. Responses to
Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile. Resumes and
other documentation can be attached to provide additional information. ***

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



Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.



Working independently, using standard operating procedures, performs analysis of food using laboratory methods in a timely manner.  Verifies and interprets the analytical results generated.

Works with supervisor, staff and laboratory quality manager to ensure quality assurance and ultimately, improvement, as required under International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 17025.   Ensures inventories (equipment and chemical/reagent) are current and complete.

Performs technical review of data for peers, as required by section needs.

Working with supervisor and team, makes decisions on work problems.  Works on eliminating problems with the section, improving operating practices and procedures, promoting collaborations, team-building, and effectively interacting and coordinating with administrators/supervisors of other sections.

Provides input and strives to ensure proper working of section, including equipment maintenance, maintaining supplies (including reagent and chemicals), ensuring laboratory and work areas are clean and orderly, etc.

Participates in cross-cutting laboratory issues, especially involving laboratory readiness including continuation of operations planning, emergency preparedness and response, etc.   Plans, with supervisor, modification of protocols and development and validation/verification of new methods to be used within the laboratory; standardizes procedures for biological analyses in laboratories; develops improved analytical techniques.

Maintains personal expertise in analytical procedures, instrument technology, quality assurance and improvement through self-motivation.   Studies new developments in the industry.  Complies with state and department policies and procedures for analysis of foods.  Performs other related duties as may be assigned.



  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques used in biological research, analysis or testing.
  • Knowledge of the procedures, techniques, and equipment used in laboratory testing and analysis.
  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection.
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to collect, record, and analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences.
  • Ability to conduct biological analyses using scientific methods and techniques.
  • Ability to perform quantitative analysis of scientific data.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to keep accurate research records.
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to the biological sciences.
  • Ability to comply with strict procedural and quality control/quality assurance guidelines in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.
  • Ability to perform calculations.
  • Ability to use laboratory computer applications (email, data processing, spreadsheet, database, word processing) in a networked environment.




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. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee