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Senior Scientist - Microbial Reference

The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) seeks to hire a qualified candidate to serve as a Senior Scientist in the Microbial Reference Group. This Senior Scientist will provide technical oversight, expertise, guide, and perform high complexity testing to support the Carbapenem Resistant Organism (CRO) testing program at DCLS. The CRO laboratory performs testing for the identification and advanced characterization of Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacterales (CRE), Carbapenem Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA), and Carbapenem Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB). The CRO testing program consists of phenotypic characterization, antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST), and molecular detection of resistance mechanisms for these organisms. This Senior Scientist will implement and actively participate in training and competency programs, quality assurance initiatives, new method validations, coordinate daily workflows, and review analytical results. This Senior Scientist routinely collaborates with other testing groups at DCLS and provides continual support to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). These duties are performed independently with minimal supervision from the group manager.

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