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State of Minnesota Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist in St. Paul, Minnesota

Job Summary

Job Summary

This position will provide lead work in the Microbiology Unit through testing clinical specimens and conducting and guiding technical and quality management activities. This position executes the more complex professional testing in the specialties of bacteriology (including mycobacteriology) and mycology, with an emphasis on bacterial identification, antimicrobial resistance such as phenotypic antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) and molecular assessment of resistance markers. This position will also be responsible for assessing, implementing, and prioritizing new technologies for the Microbiology Unit.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Laboratory Science, Microbiology, Biology, Physiology, or a related Clinical Laboratory Science.


Two years of professional diagnostic testing experience in a public health, hospital-based, or clinic-based laboratory with emphasis in clinical microbiology testing.

A Master’s Degree in the fields above will count towards twelve months of professional experience.

A Ph.D in the fields above will count towards eighteen months of professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to perform advanced specialized laboratory tasks including examination of specimens using classic phenotypic and microscopic techniques for the identification of bacterial, fungal, parasitic and mycobacterial infections.

Clinical laboratory experience in bacteriology and antimicrobial susceptibility testing with the ability to perform advanced specialized tasks including examination of specimens using classic microbiology techniques to isolate and identify pathogenic organisms, and to perform a variety of antimicrobial susceptibility testing techniques.

Familiarity with and ability to use computers, microscopes, centrifuges, incubators, biological safety cabinets, and molecular detection equipment.

Knowledge of CLIA rules and regulations.

Certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), or equivalent (e.g. Medical Technologist).

Skills to provide training for other laboratory employees, students, or other trainees.

Knowledge of and experience with MALDI-TOF instrument for identification of bacteria and yeast.

Experience with molecular biology methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

Knowledge of the principles, techniques, quality and practices in clinical bacteriology (including mycobacteriology), parasitology, or mycology.

Ability to prepare comprehensive work reports and interpret test results.

Ability to evaluate laboratory practices and make constructive recommendations for the improvement of procedures, methods, facilities, and equipment.

Proficient at Microsoft Word and Excel.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of a background check.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employer longevity and job satisfaction.

We offer a competitive benefits package including employee and family health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health promotion programs, pre-tax benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and more!

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Lenny Thao atLenny.Thao@state.mn.us or 651/201-4130.

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job posting ID# to Lenny.Thao@state.mn.us by the position close date.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Health ADA Coordinator at health.hr.ada@state.mn.us


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

Job Title: Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist

Location: St. Paul

Job ID: 42589

Regular/Temporary: Unlimited

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Who May Apply: This position is open for bid and for all qualified job seekers.

Date Posted: 11/18/2020

Closing Date: 11/30/2020

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Hiring Agency: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory / Microbiology

Work Shift: 8am-4:30pm / 40 hours per week

Work Hours: 8am-4:30pm / 40 hours per week

Work Shift/Work Hours: 8am-4:30pm / 40 hours per week

Days of Work: Monday - Friday. Some weekends and holiday shifts required.

Travel Required: Never or Rarely

Salary Range: $24.03 - $35.24/hourly; $50,174 - $73,581/annually

Classified Status: Classified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - Minnesota Association of Professional Employees / MAPE

Job Class: Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist

Working Title: Bacteriology Laboratory Specialist