Colorado State Laboratory Tech I - 2122 in Denver, Colorado

Laboratory Tech I - 2122



Laboratory Tech I - 2122


$3,596.00 - $5,262.00 Monthly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Public Health & Environment

Job Number



7/24/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

This announcement will remain open until July 24, 2018 or until we have an adequate applicant pool, whichever occurs first. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.

Description of Job

The Work Unit:

The Microbiology program exists to provide accurate scientific data and test results in regard to detection, identification, and typing of microorganisms of public health importance in clinical, animal, and environmental specimens, including culture independent diagnostic test (ClDTs)-positive specimens using current cultural and molecular biological methods. The program exists to ensure accurate and timely test results for support of patient diagnosis and management, epidemiological investigations of communicable disease outbreaks, and rapid response to bioterrorism events; to provide the public with advice and consultation and; to provide reference, teaching, and consultation services for infectious diseases.

What You'll Be Doing:

This position exists to conduct testing of specimens for the diagnosis of infectious diseases in accordance with existing methodologies. This position is responsible for ensuring that specimens are handled and processed following established procedures and regulatory guidelines (including CLIA and ISO 17025). This position also utilizes conventional and molecular testing for the identification of pathogenic microorganisms, in submitted patient specimen, including ClDT-positive specimens, in accordance with existing methodologies and following established algorithms. This position prepares reagents and media, performs isolation, identification and characterization of microorganisms from patient specimens by established procedures, including molecular based characterization. This position performs quality assurance/quality control testing as needed. This position reports test results to appropriate public health and health care professionals and properly packages and ships specimens/isolates to the CDC for additional testing.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of technical laboratory experience, which included experience with nucleic acid extraction and amplification to include Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) sample preparation, standard microbiological techniques, instrumental analysis and experience with word processing and spreadsheets.

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.


Education in Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or closely related degree which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required experience may substitute for the experience on a year-for year basis. If you use this substitution, you MUST supply college transcript in order to verify appropriate education. Applications requesting this substitution without transcripts will NOT be considered.

A copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check 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.

  • This is a safety-sensitive position. A drug test will be conducted as part of the selection process for the final candidate. Failure to pass the drug test may disqualify you from being considered for this position and job offers will be withdrawn.

  • On Call Status: Must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency (e.g. bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak, or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.

  • Must be willing to complete a series of vaccinations against human pathogens (e.g., rabies virus, hepatitis B, meningococcus, etc.) after hire and prior to working in the laboratory due to potential for exposure.

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:

  • Bachelor's degree in microbiology;

  • Two or more years of professional experience in an environmental or public health laboratory with a preference for experience in a regulated testing environment testing human specimens or environmental samples;

  • Experience performing isolation, identification and characterization of microorganisms from patient or food specimens;

  • Experience performing antimicrobial resistance profiling via agar diffusion and molecular (PCR) methods;

  • Knowledge of and use of laboratory equipment and instrumentation such as incubators, microscopes and thermocyclers.

  • Ability to process high volume levels with consistent accuracy;

  • Knowledge of QA/QC procedures;

  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with a wide range of customers;

  • Knowledge of and use of desktop computer hardware and software;

  • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills;

  • Ability to interpret and analyze data;

  • Experience using Excel spreadsheets to track and record data;

  • Experience with Word processing to create reports and communication documents;

  • Keen attention to detail;

  • Ability to self-motivate;

  • Ability to work well independently as well as in/with a team.

Supplemental Information

A complete application packet must include:

  • A completed State of Colorado application.

  • A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.

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, up to six 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 A standard appeal form is available at: 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.