Microbiology Lab Tech

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Laboratory Technician II
Opening Date: June 6, 2019        

Closing Date:  June 20, 2019

Job Class Code: 4212
Grade: 16 (Pro/Tech)
Salary: $14.27 – 18.82/hr.  
Position Number: 020311651


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, public health and intervention services that safeguard the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.


The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine. This position is located in Augusta.

Job duties:

As a Laboratory Technician II in the microbiology department of the HETL, you will be part of a team that is responsible for testing animals for the rabies virus as well as performing support work for the microbiology section as a whole.  This position requires self-motivation, strong organizational skills and attention to detail.  You will be trained to safely handle various body fluids including but not limited to: sputum, bronchial lavages and washes, blood, cerebral spinal fluid, and tissue samples. 

 You will also:

  • Work in a BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratory setting;
  • Conduct necropsies on potentially rabid animals of various sizes, necessitating moving and    

lifting in excess of 50 pounds;

  • Use immunohistochemistry for the diagnosis of rabies;
  • Accession clinical samples;
  • Autoclave biological waste and media; 
  • Prepare media for diagnostic use;
  • Wash and sterilize glassware.


Preferred candidates will be vaccinated against rabies, and have: 

  • Experience working both independently and within a team;
  • Experience using sterile techniques;
  • Dissection experience;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Exceptional time management skills;
  • Background knowledge of quality control and quality assurance.; and
  • Ability to receive a pre exposure vaccination for rabies.
  • Experience using a Laboratory Information Management System


 (Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).

A four (4) year combination of education, training, and experience which demonstrates a knowledge of medical or environmental technology and/or analytical chemistry and laboratory equipment, testing, and techniques.


The background of well-qualified candidates should demonstrate the following competencies:


  1. Prior experience performing dissections with experience performing dissections of mammals preferred;
  2. Prior experience preparing and staining specimen slides;
  3. Knowledge of Laboratory quality control and assurance processes;
  4. Prior experience entering data into a Laboratory Information Management System.


Please note: applications that do not address these four competency areas may not be considered.


For additional information about this position please contact Nancy Farrin, Mycobacteriology and Rabies Section Supervisor at (207) 287-1706


*To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter addressing the four competency areas in the requirements section with your application.   To request a paper application, please contact Ashley.Vigue@Maine.gov .

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 15.37% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $444.68 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $422.45 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $400.21 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $377.98 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2018.


The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.