Rabies/Viral Culture Technologist

North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health
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Post Date: Dec 05, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Bachelors
Years Experience: Entry Level
Salary: $36,761 to $40,924
Location: US - North Carolina - Raleigh
Job Reference: 17-12447
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This position serves as a technologist in a clinical laboratory that performs rabies necropsy, cell culture, viral culture, and molecular technical assays for the detection of viruses causing various infectious diseases.   Evaluation of specimens for these infectious agents involves the utilization of a variety of highly technical semi-automated and manual procedures with strict demands for quality assurance.   

The incumbent in this position will:         

Provide testing capacity for the Viral Culture/Rabies Laboratory by performing rabies necropsy, rabies testing, viral culture, and molecular methodologies for the detection of pathogenic human viruses in clinical specimens
Be responsible for maintenance of tissue culture cell lines, clinical specimen processing, and inoculation of tissue culture cell lines with clinical specimens
Provide clinical interpretation of results to program area staff and physicians, and advise and consult with clinicians and programmatic staff regarding diagnosis and treatment
Be responsible for performing tests accurately and in the established turn-around time, as well as recording and evaluating daily quality control for each assigned assay
Perform, record, and evaluate daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on equipment used in the laboratory.

Must be familiar with principles and procedures applicable to infectious disease testing and must be able to perform routine virologic and molecular procedures
Basic knowledge of and ability to troubleshoot microbiological, virological, and serological procedures and equipment and the technical and theoretical background to interpret laboratory results
Must have a basic theoretical knowledge of the pathogenesis of viral and bacterial agents and how the medical laboratory science is applied to allow for their detection.
Must be aware of the hazards of working with potentially infectious materials and must know the appropriate precautions to take to avoid infection.

Management Preferences
Management prefers MT(ASCP) with previous cell culture, viral culture, molecular, and/or rabies necropsy testing experience
Must be able to express oneself clearly verbally and in writing, be capable of understanding and following complex oral and written instructions, and of instructing others in highly complex technical procedures.

Physical Requirements
Works frequently with infectious disease agents that require the use of personal protective equipment.
Work requires ability to distinguish colors and close visual acuity to perform data analysis and visual inspection of specimens using standard laboratory equipment.
Use of laboratory equipment requires ability to manipulate items with fingers, ability to grasp, and ability to feel/perceive the attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture.
Immunization against rabies is a precondition of employment within the rabies laboratory, along with periodic serological assessments of immunization to ensure that the employee maintains an adequate level of immunization.

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URL: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/1920102/rabies-viral-culture-technologist