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Microbiologist 2 (Newborn Screening Scientist)

Oregon Health Authority, Hillsboro

Job - Government

Close Date: 07/26/2017

Microbiologist 2 (Newborn Screening Scientist)

JOB CODE: OHA17-0318
CLOSING DATE/TIME: 07/26/17 11:59 PM
SALARY: $3,761.00 - $5,502.00 Monthly
LOCATION: Hillsboro, Oregon

NOTE: This position requires a cover letter (see additional information section below).

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is a state agency dedicated to helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental and social well-being through partnerships, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees.

This employment opportunity is with the Public Health Division (PHD), Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), Public Health Laboratory which is part of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). There is one full-time, permanent position located in Hillsboro (3150 NW 229th Avenue Suite 100). This position is classified and represented by a union.

The Newborn Screening Program performs testing to detect genetic errors in body chemistry in newborn babies, including: PKU, sickle cell disease, congenital hypothyroidism, biotinidase deficiency, galactosemia, maple syrup urine disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, urea cycle defects, fatty acid oxidation disorders, organic acidemias and cystic fibrosis. The unit (which operates the Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program) is a regional screening laboratory providing testing and follow-up services for all infants born in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, the Marshall Islands, The Navajo Nation, birthing centers on Guam and Saipan, and various military facilities worldwide. In Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority has the statutory responsibility to screen all infants born in the state. The purpose is to provide timely detection and follow-up of genetic disorders that may lead to mental and/or physical impairment or death.

This position is involved in the daily testing and reporting processes in the laboratory, performing a variety of tests on dried blood spot specimens from newborn infants. The person in the position follows established laboratory policies and procedures to assure timely and appropriate identification of presumptive positive newborn screening samples to optimize the early diagnosis and treatment of children affected with genetic errors in body chemistry. This position is crucial to the fulfillment of the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory's statutory responsibility to perform testing on all infants born in the State of Oregon.

A Bachelor's degree with advanced courses in Bacteriology, Chemistry, and/or other biological fields which shows knowledge of microbiology theory, principles, and practices and laboratory procedures, equipment, and instruments and one year of microbiological laboratory experience;
An equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience working in a clinical laboratory.
Experience performing newborn screening testing.
Experience performing molecular testing.
Experience with quality assurance and quality control.

A cover letter (not to exceed 2 pages) that clearly addresses each of the following desired competencies listed below. Please name the cover letter file: Cover Letter OHA17-0318

Briefly describe your experience
• Working in a clinical laboratory.
• Performing Newborn Screening testing.
• Performing molecular testing.
• Working with quality assurance and quality control.
Click the "Apply" link below and complete the Oregon employment application online.


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