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Title:  VAEL Scientist IV - Microbiology
Application Deadline Date:  01/18/2020
Req ID:  11068
Department:  Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency
Location:  Randolph Center, VT, US
Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.60

The Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory (VAEL) is seeking a highly motivated and skilled microbiologist to work in our brand new, state-of-the art facility in idyllic Randolph Ctr, Vermont.  In addition to contributing to routine regulatory testing, the successful candidate will lead the development of VAEL's molecular genetics laboratory.  Demonstrated experience and success in leading this type of development work is highly valued. 

Specifically, VAEL Microbiologists conduct analytical procedures used in serology, bacteriology, biochemistry, food microbiology, molecular genetics and water bacteriology.  The successful candidate will perform molecular, microbiological, biochemical, and response analysis of a wide-range of samples and materials including raw and processed dairy products, bovine and equine blood, avian pharyngeal/cloacal swabs, bovine, ovine and caprine milk, drinking, processing and recreational water, insects (ticks), plant material, and livestock feed/forage. All regulatory testing is performed according to requirements of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Mastitis Council (NMC), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP). 

The successful candidate will work with a small team of other microbiologists and chemists involved in a wide array testing programs to protect Vermont's environment and agriculture.

Who May Apply
This position, VAEL Scientist IV - Microbiology (Job Requisition #11068), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition:

Level III:  Job Requisition #11063
Level IV:  Job Requisition #11068

If you would like more information about this position, please contact
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Class Definition
Advanced laboratory work within the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory involving analysis of pest, disease vector, veterinary and dairy samples (micro, serological, and molecular). Pathogens encountered in the laboratory are CDC Class III hazards and may include both human and animal pathogens. This is an advanced level position with significant accountability. Work is distinguished from the VAEL Microbiologist level III by increased breadth of responsibilities for complex and specialized analytical processes, increased contact with customers, as well as requiring a higher level of independent judgement. Work is performed under the direct supervision of a higher level microbiologist or laboratory supervisor. Promotion to a higher level laboratory position, which is not automatic, requires satisfaction of the qualifications of the higher level, and a current performance rating of at least satisfactory.

Environmental Factors
Work is performed in a laboratory setting and involves CDC Class II and III pathogens.
Much work is performed in a biosafety cabinet or under sterile conditions.
Work requires personal protective equipment.
Work involves exposure to toxic and corrosive chemicals, and radioactive materials.
Possibility of exposure to zoonotic pathogens
Pressure involved in testing a high volume of Samples and providing accurate results within time constraints.
Manual dexterity and good vision are required for certain examinations and in order to use instrumentation and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in microbiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry or closely related field, including 18 credit hours of microbiology, genetics, molecular or cell biology or related coursework AND Five (5) or more years of post-college professional experience as a microbiologist in an agricultural or related laboratory setting that included progressively more responsibility.
Master's degree in microbiology, molecular biology or closely-related field AND Four (4) or more years of post-graduate experience as a molecular or micro-biologist, or biochemist in an agricultural or related laboratory setting.
Two (2) or more years as an Agricultural/Environmental Microbiologist III in Vermont State service.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.


Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


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