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Scientist I - CL626

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Scientist I - CL626

  • 494098
  • 600 NORTH 5TH ST DCLS, Downtown, RICHMOND, Virginia, United States, 23219
  • Department of General Services
  • Health and Human Services
  • Public Safety
  • Full-Time (Salaried)
  • Department of General Services

Title: Scientist

Hiring Range: $55,000 - $68,000

Agency: Department of General Services

Location: DCLS

Agency Website: www.dgs.virginia.gov

Recruitment Type: General Public - G

Job Duties

The Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratories (DCLS) seeks to hire a qualified candidate to serve as a Scientist I in the Microbial Reference Group. This Scientist will perform high complexity testing in the Bacterial Bioterrorism Response Laboratory. This position performs routine and emergency response testing to isolate and identify suspected bacterial select agents and toxins as well as testing for emerging pathogens and public health threats. Testing performed involves detection and rule-out of a variety of bio threat agents and highly infectious pathogens. Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) containment laboratory work, an FBI background check, and clearance by the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) are required for this position. This Scientist routinely collaborates with other testing groups at DCLS and will participate in cross-training opportunities, quality assurance and safety initiatives, and assist in method validation and implementation. These duties are performed independently with minimal supervision from the group manager.

Some weekend, holiday, after-hours, and on call work is required.

Qualified state employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). As a full-time employee with the Virginia Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, you may be able to take advantage of this program! Visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site for more information including eligibility requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Meet Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements for high complexity testing personnel as defined in 42 CFR 493.1489
  • Considerable knowledge of the theory, application, and procedures of microbiology, biology, or medical laboratory science
  • Experience independently performing moderate to high complexity testing and/or routine analysis in a BSL-2 laboratory.
  • Experience with laboratory safety practices and laboratory operations
  • Experience performing and documenting QA and QC and interpreting QC data/results.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively both written and orally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience performing moderate to high complexity testing in a BSL-3 laboratory.
  • Experience with clinical microbiological cultures and bacterial pathogen identification
  • Experience with molecular methods and procedures
  • Experience with chain of custody procedures
  • Experience using laboratory information management systems (LIMS)
  • Demonstrated ability and experience compiling and analyzing complex data, drawing independent conclusions, and providing interpretations of data.
  • Experience operating and troubleshooting complex laboratory instrumentation.

Special Instructions: 

RMS provides a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS account to check the status of your application for this position.

Notice: DGS will record information from each new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Sponsorship will not be provided for this position now or in the future. Confirmation of eligibility to work will be required at time of hire.

The selected candidate must pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check.

Fax, e-mail or mail applications will not be accepted. The online State application must contain all required information and fully respond to the questions to be considered for this job opportunity.

For assistance or computer access, please visit your local Virginia Employment Office or contact our office at jobs@dgs.virginia.gov or call 804-786-3910.

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

The Virginia Department of General Services is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals with AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service experience are encouraged to apply.

Applicants in need of accommodation during the application and/or interview process may contact DGS at 804-786-3910 for assistance.

The online state application must contain all required information and fully respond to questions to be considered for this job opportunity.

Blood-borne pathogen training will be provided by the employer.

In order to comply with OSHA blood-borne pathogen requirements, DCLS offers the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) containment laboratory work is necessary for this position. The OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard is required which involves passing a respiratory physical prior to working in a BSL-3 laboratory. The respiratory physical will be provided by the employer.

DCLS employees are designated as essential personnel. This designation requires DCLS employees to report to the workplace or at an assigned remote location during state authorized closings or delays (i.e., weather-related closures/delays, holidays, etc.), unless otherwise instructed by management.

Contact Information:

Name: Human Resources

Phone: 804-786-3910

Email: jobs@dgs.virginia.gov


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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