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Microbiologist 3

at State of West Virginia

Pay: $31146 to $57620/year
$31146 - $57620
Posted: 9/6/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1725680
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Nature of Work


Continuous Recruitment, Kanawha or Jefferson County:   The DOP anticipates several vacancies in the near future for this classification.  This recruitment is not for a specific vacancy but to generate a pool of interested applicants.  Positions are with the Office of Laboratory Services.  Most vacancies are located in Kanawha County with the occasional vacancy located in Jefferson County.  Make sure you mark in your county selection any county you would be willing to work in or commute to so you can be placed on the proper register. 

Mission Statement:  The Office of Laboratory Services is dedicated to the promotion, protection and assurance of the health of citizens of West Virginia through the pursuit of these objectives:
  • To provide quality-assured laboratory services as an aid in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communicable , chronic and genetic diseases;
  • To serve as a reference laboratory to perform unusual or difficult procedures and to offer specialized laboratory testing not performed by private laboratories in West Virginia.
  • To support public health activities by providing laboratory testing for programs such as Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health, the STD Control program, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Services and local health departments;
  • To improve laboratory performance in West Virginia laboratories through training, information updates, laboratory approval programs, personnel licensure and consultative services.

Click Here to visit the Office of Laboratory Services Homepage

Nature of Work:  Under limited supervision performs highly responsible professional microbiological and/or biological examinations and research in a public health laboratory. Work is performed independently and may involve lead worker responsibility over lower level staff. May conduct on-site inspections of facilities for regulatory conformance.   

Click The APPLY Link Above To  Apply Online.  Do not use a paper application unless you cannot apply online. If you must use a paper application due to disability or other valid reason, please call our office (304) 558-3950 (8:30am-4:30pm) for special instructions. 

IMPORTANT: Your eligible score will be based on information provided in your application; therefore, make sure your application is detailed and complete. You may attach a resume and other documents; however, you should NEVER enter "See Resume" on the application. You MUST complete ALL parts of the application, including the Work Experience section. NOTE:  Jobs on your application that do not have a salary amount will be considered volunteer and will NOT be counted as qualifying. Estimate salary if necessary.

Eligibility Length:  This posting is for a Continuous recruitment because of an expected need for applicants.  Applicants will be placed on a database of eligible applicants for 1 year.  You will only be eligible for vacancies in counties you select.  After 1 year applicants who remain interested in this job title MUST re-apply to be considered.  The Division of Personnel cannot say only with any certainty the location or number of future vacancies, only that the agency has expressed an anticipated hiring need.   If an applicant wishes more specific information about future hiring plans please contact the hiring agency directly. 

Job Interest Card:  You may complete an online Job Interest Card at our main jobs page to receive an email notice anytime jobs not currently available for application are posted.  Note:  ONLY recruitments not currently open will appear on Job Interest Card notifications so please check the current listings thoroughly to avoid missing an opportunity.

As a condition of employment, an inquiry into job-related information will be completed which may include, but not limited to, criminal records, abuse registry records, driving records, employment history, and education and training.  Failing to cooperate with this process, providing false and incomplete information, or discovery of disqualifying information will result in denial of or dismissal from employment or denial of transfer irrespective of when discovered.

Examples of Work

  • Performs technically difficult or supplementary tests required in the analyses of complex specimens, prepares reports on results of tests.
  • Assists in the assignment, training, and evaluation of lower level microbiologists and nonprofessional laboratory personnel.
  • Oversees and participates in maintenance of work area and equipment; orders supplies.
  • Oversees performance of specialized activities such as automated cell counters of milk, DNA/RNA probes, Rabies testing, hepatitis and other complex confirmatory analyses.
  • Provides information to physicians and others regarding laboratory reports.
  • Performs Enzyme immunoassay and western blot techniques for the confirmed identification of HIV.  
  • Analyzes blood samples for helminths and protozoa. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of scientific analyses in the areas of bacteriology, parasitology, virology, serology, organic chemistry and related microbiological procedures.
  • Knowledge of the preparation of chemical reagents, culture media, stains, compounds, and solutions required in scientific testing.
  • Knowledge of the operation, calibration and maintenance of applicable laboratory equipment.
  • Skill in the performance of complex and advanced microbiological analyses. 
  • Ability to comprehend and execute oral and written directions, formulae and charts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to lead the work of others.   

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with:

  • Minimum of twenty-five (25) semester hours in physical science courses including a course in microbiology AND
  • Eight (8) semester hours in chemistry. 

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in medical technology with:
  • Minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours in microbiology.

Experience:  Three years of full time or equivalent part-time paid experience as a microbiologist.
Substitution:  Graduate training from a regionally accredited college or university in microbiology may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years.

NOTICE:  If you are claiming college or other post-high school education or license, you MUST attach or provide by mail a legible copy of your OFFICIAL education transcript, license or training record. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT UNTIL THIS VERIFICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED. To avoid missing a job opportunity, it is important that you provide this verification as soon as possible. You only have to provide this verification one time. It is not required with every application. Attach documents to the online application, or via email to:, FAX: 304-957-0396, or mail to: Division of Personnel, Building 3, Suite 500, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305.

Other Information

Where is the Office of Laboratory Services?

There are three laboratories that provide testing services.  The main laboratory, located in South Charleston, West Virginia, is responsible for Threat-Preparedness, Serology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Environmental Microbiology, Newborn Screening, Virology, and Rabies testing.  The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory is located in Big Chimney, WV and a district Environmental Microbiology Laboratory is located in Kearneysville, WV.

What tests are performed at OLS?

The Office of Laboratory services provides a variety of clinical and environmental testing.  Listed below is a summary of the tests that OLS provides:

  • Environmental and Clinical specimen confirmation for BT agents
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Foodborne illness
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza
  • Newborn testing for metabolic disorders
  • Parasitology
  • Rabies
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Water and Milk Testing
  • West Nile Virus