Job Description and Duties
This position is being re-advertised to increase the candidate pool. If you have previously applied, you do not need to reapply.


**Possession of a valid Public Health Microbiologist’s certificate issued by the California State Department of Health Services**

This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan assisting with coordination of the Quality Assurance (QA) program within Bioscientific and Technical Support Section of the Operations Branch.

The Public Health Microbiologist I (PHM I) makes bacterial growth media and biochemical reagents to be used for diagnostic purposes; validates new Quality Control (QC) media and reagents to maintain preparedness for bacterial outbreaks and other public health threats and emergencies; and assists with additional QA responsibilities as assigned. The PHM I provides assistance, support, and troubleshooting of technical issues for internal staff, as well as other labs.  The PHM I assists with training and competency evaluations for laboratory assistants, technicians or trainees, and maintains these records in accordance with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) regulations, and/or other regulatory and accreditation requirements and recommendations. The PHM I researches, drafts, and participates in writing and updating standard operating procedures (SOP), and may  provide back-up to other Operations Branch sections as additional surge capacity.

The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Public Health Microbiologist Supervisor.

The attached duty statement indicates whether this position is eligible for telework. All employees who telework are required to be California residents in accordance with Government Code 14200, and may be required to report to a CDPH office, when needed. Candidates who reside outside of the state of California may be interviewed; however, the selected candidate must have a primary residency in the state of California prior to appointment (and continue to maintain California residency) as a condition of employment. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.


About California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public's health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department's programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Shared Vision
CDPH public health professionals, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other staff­ members have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. We are dedicated to public service and passionate about our work and the people and communities we serve and protect.