Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Microbiologist

Oct 06 2021
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

State Laboratories Division

Laboratory Preparedness and Response Branch

Waipahu - Aiea, Oahu


Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Microbiologist

$4,600 -$5,600 per month, salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment.  The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of highly specialized and complex microbiological and molecular assays.  These assays detect, identify and/or confirm potential bioterrorism agents and other new or re-emerging infectious agents in support of the department’s disease investigations. This position also uses different matrices using different platforms and methodologies.  This position researches, evaluates, modifies when necessary, and recommends new and/or current techniques and diagnostic methods to support the Department’s disease control and intervention programs.



Minimum Qualification(s)


EDUCATION:      Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, or similar laboratory science.


EXPERIENCE:     1.  Two (2) years of professional experience in the detection, isolation, identification, cultivation, use and/or control of microorganisms. Such experience may have been gained in such scientific disciplines as bacteriology, immunology, serology, mycology, parasitology, virology or other related areas of science.  At least three years of professional experience in microbiology, molecular biology or similar laboratory science is preferred.  A Master’s degree with a major in microbiology, molecular biology or similar laboratory science maybe substituted for one-year experience, and a Ph.D. major in microbiology, molecular biology or similar laboratory science may be substituted for two years of experience.


2.  Experience with molecular identification methods and technologies, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), whole genome sequencing and experience in handling microorganisms using Biosafety Levels 2 and 3 practices are preferred.


The overall experience must have been of such scope and responsibility to demonstrate the ability to perform the duties described above.


LICENSE:  1.  Current, valid Hawaii State Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Microbiology license or an equivalent license in Clinical Laboratory Science, as required under the provisions of 42 CFR 493.1423 and the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Chapter 11-110.1.  The federal provisions are part of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).


2.  If the requirement for a Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Microbiology license is not met at the time of hire, the Microbiologist must be able to obtain the license with-in six (6) months from hire.


Who May Apply


LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO WORK REQUIREMENT:  The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


How to Apply


Mail cover letter, completed State of Hawaii Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment with original signature, three (3) references, salary requirement and detailed resume to:


Department of Health

State Laboratories Division

2725 Waimano Home Road

Pearl City, HI  96782

Attn:  Remedios Gose


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met for position #123477.


Application packet at:  https://health.hawaii.gov/employme​nt/job-opportunities/


Other Information


For additional information, you may contact Remedios Gose at (808) 453-5993 or [email protected] Monday – Friday, 8:15 am to 5:00 pm (HST).


This position is exempt from civil service and considered temporary in nature.  Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.


 As a condition of employment with the State of Hawaii, all qualified candidates who have successfully completed and passed the recruitment process, must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination at the time a conditional offer of employment is made. Departments will consider reasonable accommodations if requested by a candidate and it is determined through an interactive process that pregnancy, a qualifying disability, or a sincerely held religious belief prevents the candidate from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.



Please note that the COVID-19 vaccination policy above will apply to both new hires not currently employed by the State of Hawaii Executive branch, as well as current State of Hawaii Executive Branch Employees who are being considered for placement into another State of Hawaii Executive Branch position. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer