COVID Temporary Flu Sequencing Scientist - 9720
COVID Temporary Flu Sequencing Scientist - 9720
Temporary (9 months or less)
Department of Public Health & Environment
7/13/2020 11:59 PM Mountain
This is a temporary position for 9 months and may end sooner. No benefits are available.
This announcement will close on July 13, 2020 or once an adequate applicant pool is achieved, whichever comes first. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.
Be BOLD and make a real difference . . .
Do you desire a position that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a career position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to advance Colorado's health and protect the places we live, work, learn, and play. Our vision is to create a healthy and sustainable Colorado where current and future generations thrive.
If your goal is to make a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path.
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Description of Job
The Work Unit:
The work unit exists to provide accurate scientific data and test results in regard to detection, identification, and characterization of microorganisms by current molecular and bioinformatic methods in clinical and environmental specimens from culture independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs), as well as following extraction of nucleic acid targets from live cultures of bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, and other agents of public health concern isolated from source specimens. These data are used in timely support of patient diagnosis and management, epidemiological investigations of disease outbreaks, rapid response to bioterrorism events, and identification of agents affecting public health and environment.
What You'll Be Doing:
This position conducts complex testing and analyses of specimens for the diagnosis of human infectious diseases. Performs laboratory testing by following established protocols for a diverse number of tests. Based on established procedures, ensures test controls are within acceptable ranges. Monitors expiration dates of reagents and determines if such reagents are still usable. Performs complex tests which require performing multi-testing algorithms. Uses experience with NextGen sequencing data analysis. Needs sufficient lab experience to be qualified under CLIA.
This position requires attention to detail, willingness to do all necessary work, strong communication skills, and experience with NextGen sequencing data analysis.
This position will work shifts that are either 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm or 11:00 pm - 7:30 am.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or closely related degree;
One year of experience conducting testing and analyses of human specimens for infectious disease and maintaining proper documentation, or closely related work experience.
Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:
+ Masters in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or related field
+ Demonstrated experience in high-throughput sequencing data analysis or method development
+ Experience with cloud computing environments, Google Cloud Platform in particular
+ Experience with Docker container usage in a cloud computing environment
+ Excellent understanding of next generation genomics technologies including Illumina and Oxford Nanopore
+ Working knowledge of epidemiological interference as it applies to pathogen genomics
+ Previous experience working in public health desirable
+ Ability to strategize, organize and plan, including creating and updating training plans
+ Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with a wide range of customers
+ Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
+ Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
+ Ability to interpret regulations and statutes
+ Ability to interpret and analyze data
+ Keen attention to detail
+ Ability to self-motivate
+ Ability to work well independently as well as in/with a team
+ Ability to collaborate and achieve consensus across work units and programs
Conditions of Employment:
+ A pre-employment criminal background check and drug test will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.
+ Must be willing to complete a series of vaccinations against human pathogens (e.g., hepatitis B, meninggoccus, etc.) after hire and prior to working in the laboratory due to potential for exposure.
+ Must be willing and able to work evening shifts (3:00 pm - 11:30 pm) and night shifts (11:00 pm - 7:30 am).
A complete application packet must include:
+ A completed State of Colorado application.
The Selection Process:
+ All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
+ Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
+ Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
+ A top group of candidates will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.
Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb. A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-692-2060, option 5.