This Environmental Microbiologist position encourages those with mycology and bacteriology experience in reading traditional cultures of skin, respiratory and wound cultures to apply, however, we prefer to have someone with experience in analysis of environmental water, surface, and air samples. The candidate must be proficient in the setup of samples using standard SOPs, including serial dilutions, concentrating of samples, and plating. The individual should be familiar with clinically significant bacteria and fungi and with pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, coliforms, E. coli, Legionella pneumophila. Having experience in analyzing viable and non-viable fungal samples is an added plus. This individual may also be involved in providing clients with meaningful information and resource sites to assist them in understanding laboratory analysis and may participate in proficiency testing programs to demonstrate the ability to produce accurate results.
NOTE: It is not necessary to know how to analyze all of the samples types above, but experience in basic analysis of fungal and bacterial cultures in an environmental or clinical laboratory is necessary. This must be reflected in your work experience.
Responsibilities and Duties
- – Preparation and analysis of environmental samples for bacteria and fungi.
- – Reading and identifying fungi in spore trap and tape samples
- – Will perform standard and non-standard laboratory procedures including fungal spore analysis (spore traps and direct examinations)
- – Record data in our proprietary LIMS
- – Maintain and troubleshoot equipment
- – Perform QA/QC practices as specified in our QA/QC manual
- – Maintaining the QA/QC Program and following Standard Operating Procedures.
Qualifications and Skills
- – Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biology, or related life sciences.
- – Two (2) or more Microbiology courses should have been taken in pursuing your degree
- – The individual will possess knowledge of bacteria, isolation methodology, and identification procedures from either the clinical or environmental side
- – Minimum of 1-1½ years’ of environmental OR clinical laboratory experience in a WORK environment (this does NOT include any university experience).
- – Proficiency in high volume data entry with excel and/or computer database
The Microbiologist will provide documented 3 to 6 months on-the-job training set up and analysis of bacterial and/or fungal cultures. Training records for this individual will include documentation of ability to identify genus/species of bacteria, yeast and filamentous molds. Training records to document training of relevant diagnostic procedures, e.g., gram stain, oxidase, biochemical reactions, morphological identification of fungi must be available. We will accept previous training and work experience with demonstration of mastered skills.