STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B22

Class No. 4218

MOLECULAR BIOLOGIST IV

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs advanced (senior-level) molecular biology work.  Work involves overseeing molecular laboratory operations; planning and conducting nucleic acid analyses and testing of materials, reagents, and clinical/non-clinical specimens; conducting research studies; and preparing technical reports of molecular biology test results. May assign and/or supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Oversees the activities of an advanced molecular biology laboratory.

Plans and conducts the analysis of specimens using advanced molecular techniques for the diagnosis and/or detection of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and/or genetic characteristics.

Coordinates research projects, interprets research data, documents findings, and prepares technical reports and research papers.

Consults with staff on proper advanced molecular biological research, analysis, and interpretive procedures; and assists in determining the appropriate advanced molecular biology methods for examinations.

Determines appropriate specifications for advanced molecular reagents, equipment, and supplies.

Ensures that the quality of data is maintained.

Develops and implements molecular genetic laboratory procedures, safety guidelines, or guidelines for laboratory assessments and/or accreditation.

Interprets molecular biological laboratory and analytical results for use in regulatory determination decisions or in court.

Verifies and reviews molecular biology test results.

Consults with local, state, and national partners concerning results.

May assign and/or supervise the work of others.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in molecular biology work.  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, or a related field is generally preferred.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of the multidisciplinary principles and advanced techniques of biology, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, chemistry, physics, math, and statistics; of unidirectional workflow and aseptic techniques to reduce the potential for contamination; and of emerging molecular technologies.

Skill in the operation of molecular laboratory equipment and in the use of a computer and applicable software.

Ability to conduct advanced molecular analyses and tests, to interpret molecular biology test results, to prepare reports, to develop procedures, to communicate effectively, and to assign and/or supervise the work of others.


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Added 9-1-15