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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 06/21/24

Applications Due08/21/24

Vacancy ID161420


AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleResearch Scientist 5 - Virology - 12327

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade31

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

Salary RangeFrom $123721 to $150612 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 4 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address Wadsworth Center/ Division of Infectious Diseases/Viral Diseases-Virology

120 New Scotland Ave

City Albany


Zip Code12208

Minimum Qualifications A doctorate in the chemical or biological sciences and three years of professional research experience in an appropriate field; or a master’s degree in a chemical, biological, clinical or medical laboratory science, or medical technology and five years of such experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidate will have a doctoral degree and a minimum of four years postdoctoral experience, preferably in a clinical or public health virology laboratory, with a strong interest in developing novel technologies and applied research. Board certification (or eligible) in medical microbiology (ABMM) or American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) is preferred.

Duties Description The Wadsworth Center, the nation’s premier state public health research laboratory, is recruiting for a Deputy Chief for the Laboratory of Viral Diseases (LVD). The LVD includes General Virology, Viral Encephalitis, Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Research and Development Groups and two national reference and surveillance centers. The LVD has developed and validated molecular tests including whole-genome sequencing for molecular epidemiology and virus evolution studies. The incumbent will provide leadership for staff performing reference laboratory testing services, outbreak investigations, surveillance, and research for a variety of viral agents, including those causing respiratory, gastroenteric and exanthematous diseases. Work will include virus identification and characterization with advanced molecular methods, culture and isolation to produce virus stocks and development of new molecular tests for novel viruses. The incumbent will work closely with the Laboratory Chief, LVD staff and colleagues in the NYS Department of Health’s Division of Epidemiology to provide laboratory support for outbreak investigations and participate in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored programs. The pursuit of applied research activities is a major emphasis and there are ample opportunities for collaborative efforts with other programs and other institutions The Wadsworth Center ( is the country’s most comprehensive state public health laboratory with a staff of about 700, that includes over 100 doctoral level scientists.

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. Work hours may be variable. Some travel may be required.

This position may require travel throughout New York State including overnights to areas not served by public transportation.

"We offer a work-life balance and a generous benefits package, worth 65% of salary, including:

• Holiday & Paid Time Off
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
• Pension from New York State Employees’ Retirement System
• Shift & Geographic pay differentials
• Affordable Health Care options
• Family dental and vision benefits at no additional cost
• NYS Deferred Compensation plan
• Access to NY 529 and NY ABLE College Savings Programs, and U.S. Savings Bonds
• And many more..

"For new State employees appointed to graded positions, the annual salary is the hiring rate (beginning of the Salary Range) of the position. Promotion salaries are calculated by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law, OSC Payroll rules and regulations and negotiated union contracts.

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Name Human Resources Management; NMH/RS5/12327

Telephone 518-486-1812

Fax 518-473-3395

Email Address


Street Room 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12237


Notes on Applying Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, a 1-page description of clinical virology, public health and managerial expertise. Include the names/contact information of at least three references to with “12327” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please submit your application as one (1) document, preferably in PDF format, by email to, with Reference NMH/RS5/12327 included in the subject line or by mail to Human Resources Management Group, NMH/RS5/12327 Rm 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237-0012, or by fax to (518) 473-3395. Failure to include the required information may result in your resume not being considered for this position. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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