STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B24

Class No. 4220

MOLECULAR BIOLOGIST V

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs highly advanced (senior-level) molecular biology work.  Work involves directing, planning, and coordinating the operations of a molecular biology laboratory involved in the nucleic acid analysis and testing of materials, reagents, and clinical specimens. May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Directs the activities of an advanced molecular biological laboratory.

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

Directs training, evaluation, and quality control programs.

Oversees, evaluates, and conducts research projects; interprets research data; documents findings; and prepares technical reports and scientific papers.

Provides leadership, guidance, and technical support to laboratory staff.

Prepares and evaluates molecular genetic laboratory procedures, safety guidelines, or guidelines for laboratory assessments and/or accreditation.

Consults with management and determines the appropriate advanced molecular biology methods for examinations.

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

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

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

May plan, 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 plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.


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Added 9-1-15