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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 05/04/18

Applications Due06/04/18

Vacancy ID53027

AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleResearch Scientist 1 (Diagnostic Immunology) - 11862

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $56604 to $71980 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address Wadsworth Center, David Axelrod Institute

120 New Scotland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12208

Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, infectious diseases or related natural sciences field and two years of professional post degree research experience in the appropriate field; or a Master’s degree in biology, microbiology, infectious diseases or a related natural sciences field and 1 years of professional post degree research experience in the appropriate field.

The preferred candidate will have work experience or course work in clinical laboratory sciences, microbiology, public health or infectious diseases. A minimum of two years’ experience in the handling of infectious clinical samples and /or human pathogens at biosafety level-2 containment. Particularly relevant is experience in clinical or diagnostic immunology principles and practice, including Luminex-based assays and ELISAs. A knowledge of good laboratory practice (GLP) is desirable, as is familiarity with procedures performed per CLEP/CLIA standards. The preferred candidate will have excellent written and communication skills

Duties Description The Research Scientist 1 will be involved in all aspects of infectious disease serology specimen processing including arbovirus and tick-borne pathogen testing. Responsibilities will also include the management of specimen entry into the laboratory information management system (CLIMS); performing standard serology assays including, samples for Zika, West Nile Virus, or Chikungunya IgM, capture ELISAs, Luminex assays (Flavivirus microsphere immunoassay, Arbovirus microsphere assay), arbovirus and tickborne pathogen indirect immunofluorescence assays, Lyme disease ELISAs and Western blots; maintain the laboratory’s test results in CLIMS; assist in the development and optimization of in-house serology assays for infectious agents; evaluation of commercial assays, and special projects utilizing serology assays; prepare standard operating procedures as needed and assist in the preparation of validation packets for the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program; supervise new staff as needed and prepare PowerPoint presentation for lab meetings. The selected candidate will also spend time in other labs, including the bloodborne Viruses Laboratory, for cross-training in molecular techniques (e.g.; PCR) testing clinical specimens as needed to maintain competency in those techniques and serving as a resource for surge testing during outbreaks.

Additional Comments Permanent, non-competitive, fulltime. Since exposure to potentially hazardous substances may be involved with this position, the selected candidate will be required to wear personal protective clothing and equipment, and may undergo pre-employment and/or periodic health evaluations and receive specific immunizations. In addition, dependent upon the initial assignment or subsequent reassignment of this position satisfactory background checks may also be required.

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Name Human Resources Management Group, PM/RS1/11862

Telephone 518-486-1812

Fax 518-473-3395

Email Address


Street Room 2217 Corning Tower Building

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12237


Notes on ApplyingSubmit resume, preferably in PDF format, to Human Resources Management Group, PM/RS1/11862, Room 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12237-0012, or by email to, or by fax to (518) 473-3395 with the Reference Code PM/RS1/11862 included in the subject line. Resumes will be accepted until June 4, 2018.

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