Laboratory Technologist - Bacteriology/Mycobacteriology

Georgia Department of Public Health - Decatur, GA3.6

Pay Grade: K
The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Laboratory Technologist - Bacteriology/Mycobacteriology with in the Division of Health Protection, Public Health Laboratory located in Decatur, GA.

Under general supervision, the laboratory technologist will perform testing for the Bacteriology/Mycobacteriology unit.

Job Responsibilities
Abides by all regulatory and Clinical laboratory rules and regulations.
Observes established policies on health, safety, security and sanitation; notifies proper authorities of circumstances or situations that present potential health hazards.
Adheres to established policies on privacy and security requirements for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (""HIPAA""), as applicable by Agency policy; does not disclose Protected Health Information (PHI) to unauthorized recipients; attends all required training events.
Prepare to respond to Public Health emergencies. participates in emergency preparedness trainings, drills, and exercises, and responds as directed Accessioning and Sample Preparation (Pre-Analytical).
Properly manages inventory, receives inventory for the unit, rotates current inventory, signs packing slips and provides them to Manager, notifies proper employee that inventory as arrived, and stores/handles inventory when necessary.
Assures that the testing environment, equipment, reagents, quality control, and specimen integrity meet established procedures.
Accurately follows proper procedural steps for the handling and processing (i.e. centrifuging, inoculating, aliquoting, labeling) of all specimen types.
Properly documents specimen integrity including unsatisfactory specimens for testing.
Properly prepares specimens received by established cut-off times for shipping to CDC and other laboratories, including but not limited to completing required forms, packaging specimens accordingly, preparing specimens according to submitter protocols, etc. with less than 3 shipping/return issues per year Moderate/High Complexity Testing (Analytical).
Follows approved established procedures for performing testing 100% of the time
Maintains accurate quality control/QA records for all testing performed including, but not limited to, daily, weekly, and monthly reporting.
Performs and documents preventative maintenance and function checks on all laboratory equipment (in-use), according to specific guidelines. Reports equipment failures to proper Management at time of occurrence. Completes proper documentation when testing parameters cannot be met. Performs troubleshooting when necessary Resulting and Reporting (Post-Analytical).
Stores isolates, prepared/other specimens and reagents in proper temperature conditions specified by the manufacturer and/or GPHL policies and procedures. Protocols must be followed to discard specimens or move specimens affected by temperature conditions. Spot checks will occur to determine if technician is in accordance with this responsibility.
Maintains a clean laboratory environment to include daily decontamination of workstations/bench areas Training, Competency, Safety, and Miscellaneous
Assists in bench training of new personnel through following a training plan approved by the Supervisor/Manager. Helps to provide an understanding of new methodologies/techniques to fellow employees. Updates Supervisor/Manager of trainee(s) progress utilizing appropriate documentation weekly.
Documents competency including initial training, six-month, and annual review.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in a related science area from an accredited college or university AND Two years of experience in a clinical laboratory AND Certification as a medical technologist, MT (ASCP) or equivalent.

  • Academic transcripts are required* Please upload a copy of all relevant transcripts to this application.
Additional Information
Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to:

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.