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Alameda County Public Health LABORATORY is recruiting for a provisional* SUPERVISING MICROBIOLOGIST


$95,971.20 – $116,126.40 Annually

Plus, an excellent benefits package!


This is a provisional recruitment.

*Provisional Appointments: For a provisional appointment, a civil service exam is not required. However, to obtain a regular position, the appointee will need to compete successfully in a County Exam when open.


Please contact Nichole Cooper (nichole.cooper@acgov.org) for more information.


This position requires CA residency.


Public Health Laboratory

The Alameda County Public Health Laboratory provides laboratory support, technical assistance, and research required for the diagnosis, investigation, and control of a wide range of infectious diseases for the development and maintenance of high-quality laboratory services for Alameda County. The Public Health Lab is under the Division of Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention. The team consists of the laboratory director, laboratory supervisor, senior microbiologists, microbiologists, lab technicians and office staff. The public health lab is located in Oakland.

To learn more about our lab, please visit our website:  Public Health Lab



Under the direction of the Chief of Laboratory Services, the Supervising Microbiologist provides overall supervision and daily direction of laboratory testing within all assigned sections of the Public Health Laboratory. Provides daily oversight of all high-complexity laboratory testing and ensures compliance with all federal and state rules and regulations including CLIA. In conjunction with the Chief of Laboratory Services plans, develops, and implements modified or new testing procedures as needed to protect public health safety from communicable diseases.

The Supervising Microbiologist is distinguished from the Senior Microbiologist in that the former has ultimate laboratory testing responsibilities and supervisory authority for all sections within the laboratory.



In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for this position, the ideal candidate will possess the following critical attributes:

  • Proven leadership skills in a diagnostic laboratory.
  • Ability to continually evaluate section performance to ensure clinical value and quality of results.
  • Ability to organize, communicate, teach, and work with others in an effective manner.
  • Ability to manage and schedule the work of others; to engage, develop and encourage employees to fulfill their full potential.
  • Ability to supervise personnel in situations of high stress levels and be able to reconcile the objectives of management to produce optimal departmental outcomes.
  • Exceptional cross-functional team leadership and collaboration skills and ability to problem-solve and make decisions on complex issues in a changing environment.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision, adapt to change and manage multiple tasks.
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials and techniques used for high complexity infectious disease testing and instrumentation.
  • Excellent and effective written and oral communication skills, including presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills as well as strong attention to detail.
  • Remains abreast of developments in the field of management and laboratory science while pursuing a program of self-development.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local standards, regulations, guidelines and requirements effecting operations of a clinical reference laboratory.


Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities

Note: The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary in order to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

  • Supervises the daily work, laboratory flow and testing protocols for all certified PH Microbiologists, Laboratory Technicians and Laboratory Assistants. Provides staff with technical consultations and advice on dealing with laboratory problems or issues and problematic test results.
  • On a daily basis ensures that all post-analytical test results meet quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) parameters as defined by multiple federal and state agencies including CLIA, OSHA, Cal-OSHA, and ELAP. Ensures that all laboratory testing personnel continue to perform at acceptable levels for test reporting by individual competency assessment evaluations and participation in national proficiency testing.
  • Serves as the laboratory administrator and point-of-contact for the APOLLO LIMS (lab software).
  • Provides oversight and reviews all documentation required for high-complexity laboratory testing including Standard Operation Procedures (SOP), verification/validation procedures for FDA-approved and home brew testing regimens, and various laboratory policies and procedures including those for new employee orientation.
  • Ensures that the preparation of stains, culture media and reagents meet all require QA/QC procedures.
  • Schedules laboratory staffing on a weekly basis and redirects testing activities as needed on a daily basis or to meet surge capacity due to illness, injury, vacation, etc.
  • Acts as the PHL’s chief consultant and liaison to programmatic groups, hospitals, medical centers, and community-based organizations on reporting and interpretation of test results.
  • Assists Chief of Laboratory Services in the selection of new test methods.
  • Oversight of all pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical procedures and required corrective actions to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Provides training and instruction to all new employees.
  • Serves on various division committees, subcommittees, and task forces, as required.
  • Verifies the accuracy of all outgoing reports within the laboratory.
  • Provides very limited laboratory backup in the case of required surge capacity or emergency preparedness.
  • Performs other duties as necessary in the laboratory or office when deemed necessary.



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EDUCATION: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in medical and public health laboratory or microbiology; – AND –

EXPERIENCE: Equivalent of three years of experience as a microbiologist in a public health laboratory.

SUBSTITUTION: Possession of a master’s degree in microbiology or in a related science may be substituted for one year of the required experience. – OR –

Possession of a doctoral degree in microbiology or a related science may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

CERTIFICATE: Possession of a valid Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the California State Department of Public Health.

*Prior supervising experience in a diagnostic laboratory is desired.



Please submit a County of Alameda Job Application, resume and cover letter to:

Nichole Cooper (nichole.cooper@acgov.org)

The application template is available online on Alameda County’s On‐Line Employment Center at



NEW USERS can click on “New User Registration” to fill out an application template. Once the application is completed, candidates can click on the “Review” tab to “Print My Application” or “SAVE as PDF”.


Alameda County HCSA is enriched with a diverse workforce. We believe the best way to deliver optimal programs and services to our communities is to hire and promote talents that are representative of the communities we serve. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



In addition to a competitive salary, employees also enjoy an attractive benefits package with the following elements:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical and Dental HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short and Long -Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits – Accident Insurance, Critical Illness and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)
  • Annual Cost of Living Adjustments as determined by bargaining units
  • May be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • May be eligible for up to $3,300 in annual County allowance

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • 4 Floating holidays and 7 Management Paid Leave days
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Employee Discount Program
  • Child Care Resources

*Benefit rates are dependent upon the management employee’s represented or unrepresented classification.

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About Alameda County Public Health

Public Health Department

Alameda County Public Health Department has an array of programs and services designed to protect the health and safety of County residents. The backbone of Public Health includes assessments of the health status of residents, disease prevention and control, community mobilization and outreach, policy development, education, and assurance of access to quality medical and health care services.

To be effective, we actively seek community involvement - partnerships with grass roots and corporate entities, with individuals and groups. In fact, partnering is a key component of our mission.

Alameda County Public Health Department covers:

13 cities: Albany, Emeryville, Alameda, Piedmont, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Union City, Fremont, Newark, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, and unincorporated areas. City of Berkeley has its own health department.
1.67 million residents.