Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Food Microbiologist Position at the Department of General Services, Richmond

The Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratories (DCLS) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Scientist in the Food Microbiology Section of the Epidemiologic Support Group. The Food Microbiology laboratory performs classical and advanced microbiology testing on food and environmental samples for the presence of bacterial agents or associated toxins during foodborne outbreaks or in support of food recalls under the investigation by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). This individual will be responsible for performing routine surveillance and emergency response testing for the isolation and characterization of foodborne pathogens occurring naturally or as a result of terrorism and communicating these findings to agencies such as the Virginia Department of Health, VDACS, USDA, and the FDA. In addition, duties may include development and validation of new methods, performing QA/QC procedures in support of ISO 17025 standards, maintaining accurate records, training of scientific staff and use and maintenance of equipment. This position may require work to be performed in a BSL-3 laboratory if testing requires higher levels of containment. This position will provide support to testing and laboratory objectives of the Food and Drug Administration Food Emergency Response Network Microbiological Cooperative Agreement Program. The FDA FERN MCAP requires working with a wide array of simple and complex matrices and requires proficiency to perform testing on a variety of food types.

Qualifications: The selected candidate must possess a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Microbiology, Microbiology, Medical Technology, or related field. The successful applicant should have work related experience and technical knowledge with the following: isolation and identification techniques in food microbiology; complex microbiology techniques involving different sample matrices including food; complex computer interfaced instrumentation and computerized laboratory information management systems; complex data analysis; toxin detection using ELISA or other methods; and quality assurance and quality control.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred experience includes the following: Experience working in a biosafety level three environment; experience working in an ISO 17025 quality environment; and experience with molecular testing methodologies. The ability to lift up to 30 pounds and knowledge of laboratory safety is also required. The ability to work well with others in a team atmosphere and effective communication (oral and written) and computer skills are essential.

Special Requirements: This is a restricted position funded by a federal grant, includes state benefits package.

After hours and weekend work is required on a rotating schedule. The selected candidate may be required to work on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule routinely.

Applications will be accepted until a suitable pool of candidates is received. After 5 business days, this position may be closed at any time.

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Contact Information
Name: DGS Human Resources
Phone: 804-786-3910
Fax: 804-371-8305

Address: 1100 Bank ST, STE 410 Richmond, VA 23219