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Microbiologist - Public Health Laboratory

at King County

Pay: $28.1543 to $35.6873/hour
$28.1543 - $35.6873
Posted: 5/2/2020
Job Status: Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 2770937

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


 Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences.  The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Public Health – Seattle & King County Laboratory is recruiting for up to three Term Limited Temporary (TLT) Microbiologists. This TLT position conducts and interprets microbiological and related laboratory tests for diagnosis of communicable diseases, environmental sanitation, and related research in the Public Health Laboratory.  

The duration of this opportunity is expected to last up to one year from position fulfillment. 
Applicants from this recruitment may be used to fill additional positions that may occur in the next 6 months.  

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.

Job Duties

  • Conduct and interpret large volumes of microbiological and serological laboratory tests on clinical specimens and environmental samples for pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites, including but not limited to HIV antibody tests, syphilis serology, hepatitis serology, gonorrhea cultures, and nucleic acid amplification tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea and COVID-19.
  • Log in and label specimens, record laboratory test results on worksheets, and enter results into laboratory information system.
  • Calibrate instruments and check quality control of reagents and other solutions or materials used in laboratory tests.
  • Follow safety requirements and guidelines, recognize potential safety hazards and take corrective action.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in microbiology, medical technology, or chemical, physical, or biological science, and one year laboratory training/experience in microbiology OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the work.
  • Knowledge of relevant principles and bench-level practices of microbiology and serology.
  • Knowledge of procedures and protocols for detection and identification of disease agents.
  • Knowledge of common causes of communicable diseases and methods of transmission and control.
  • Knowledge of laboratory hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of use and care of laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Knowledge of laboratory principles and applications of Quality Assurance and Quality Control.

Who May Apply: This Special Duty Assignment (SDA) / Term Limited Temporary (TLT) position is open to all qualified applicants.
To be considered for SDA, you must be a current King County Career Service employee who has successfully passed probation. You must have supervisor approval prior to taking a Special Duty Assignment. 
Work Schedule: This position has a regular schedule of Monday through Friday, day shift, evening shift, or night shift. At Seattle/King County Public Health we strive to be accessible to those we serve. This position may require flexibility to accommodate different work schedules and work locations.

Work Location: 
Harborview Medical Center
Basement West Clinic Wing
325 9th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Application Process: Applicants from this recruitment may be used to fill additional positions that may occur in the next 6 months.  
First review of applications will be on May 15, 2020. Phone interviews may be held within a week of application reviews. Updates will be sent via email.

The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or Public Health's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.
Contact: For questions about this recruitment, please email Angela Brown, Human Resource Analyst at 

Supplemental Information

  • A complete King County application will include only the requested materials and fully answered supplemental questions that is supported in your application.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.

Necessary Special Requirements:
  • The selected candidate will be required to submit a background check. Records are not automatically disqualifying.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required trainings on time.

Union Affiliation: This position is represented by PROTEC17 labor union.