Public Health Microbiologist II

State of California
Martinez, California, US
Jul 26, 2021
Aug 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Job Posting: Public Health Microbiologist II

Department of Public Health



Public Health Microbiologist II

Final Filing Date: 8/5/2021

Application Methods: Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account) By Mail Drop-off

This position supports the California Department of Public Health by providing public health laboratory testing to identify high-risk pathogens and support outbreak investigations. Under general direction of the Research Scientist Supervisor I (RSSI) (Microbiologist) of the High Risk Pathogens Section (HRPS) and the HRPS Select Agents & Laboratory Response Unit, the Public Health Microbiologist II (PHM II) performs diagnostic and reference testing for microorganisms using classical and molecular methods and reports results to submitters in an accurate and timely manner. Primary areas of focus are identification and characterization of microorganisms, toxins, and agents in the Laboratory Response Network -Biological (LRN-B) and federal Tier 1 Select Agents list, including cross training to support work on botulinum toxin-producing clostridia. The candidate is expected to have advanced laboratory knowledge and skills in order to perform the duties of this position. The candidate must demonstrate good laboratory technique in order to avoid contamination or other test errors, knowledge of molecular methods and troubleshooting, and ability to work with various computer software applications in order to analyze results.

The incumbent works under the Research Scientist Supervisor I of the MDL High Risk Pathogens Section.

***Will also consider Temporary Authorization Utilization (TAU) appointments- Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications for the classification but do not currently have eligibility on an employment certification list by having taken and passed an examination may apply as a TAU. TAU appointments are limited to a duration of 9 months within a 12 consecutive month period. In order for a TAU appointment to become permanent, individuals must take and pass the related examination, and thereby become eligible from a certification list, within 9 months of TAU appointment. Individuals who successfully obtain eligibility prior to the expiration of the TAU appointment will not be required to re-compete in a competitive process for permanent appointment to that position.***

This job announcement is a re-posting. If you have already applied to JC# 256993, JC# 254623, JC# 250612, JC# 245395, or JC# 233292, you do not need to re-apply, we have your application on file.

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey:

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement .

Minimum Requirements You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

The Microbial Diseases Laboratory (MDL) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides reference, diagnostic and applied research activities for the detection, epidemiologic investigation, control and prevention of bacterial, mycobacterial, fungal and parasitic diseases in humans, food, water and other environmental sources.
Application Instructions
Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
Final Filing Date: 8/5/2021
Who May Apply
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).
How To Apply
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:
Department of Public Health Attn: Classification & Certification Unit P.O. Box 997378 MS 1700-1702 Sacramento , CA 95899-7378
Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Department of Public Health Classification & Certification Unit 1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430 Sacramento , CA 95814 08:00 AM

05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

General State Employment Benefits and Protections
Click here to view more information about the outstanding benefits offered to State employees. Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.
EEO Contact:
EEO Office
(916) 445-0938

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice)TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.