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About the Organization One of the nation's leading 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsors, PHFE has served nonprofit and government agencies since 1968. PHFE's staff provides a wide spectrum of nationally recognized infrastructure and support expertise. With Fiscal Sponsorship, Infrastructure Management, and Consulting Services, nonprofit and government agencies are able to reduce administrative overhead, improve accountability and spend more time and funding on programming and service delivery.

PHFE's services help make communities healthier and make a difference in the lives of millions of people served by our government and nonprofit clients.  
Location CAN001 - Richmond, CA  
Program Name VPDR Lab 0194.0301  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range $26.72 - $36.97 /hour  
Open Date 2/4/2016  
Travel Requirement <10%  

The California Department of Public Health and Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc. (PHFE) invite applications for a full-time Microbiologist position for the Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Herpesvirus Section at the Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL).  A bachelor’s degree in a biological science and a Public Health Microbiologist certificate are required.  The position is located in Richmond, CA.


  • Perform, interpret, and report complex diagnostic and reference tests for viral vaccine preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella and VZV, according to established SOPs in a timely manner. Testing platforms include real-time PCR, genotyping, and enzyme immunoassays
  • Validate and implement CDC protocols and commercial assays as needed
  • Assist in archiving viral isolates and performing cell culture work
  • Participate in bi-monthly conference calls with APHL, CDC and staff responsible for the project
  • Maintain laboratory records and reagents
  • Maintain electronic databases of specimens and laboratory results


Position Requirements



  • Experience performing nucleic acid extractions and real-time PCR
  • Knowledge of sterile technique and standard precautions for working with viruses and potentially infectious clinical specimens
  • Ability to perform micromanipulations such as pipetting small volumes and other fine measurements using laboratory equipment
  • Ability to work independently to develop, evaluate and apply highly specialized procedures
  • Demonstrated attention to detail

Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, STARLiMS, email)
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to varied work settings
  • Ability to work effectively with a team of diverse individuals


  • A bachelor’s degree in a biological science from an accredited university with course work in chemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology is required
  • Previous experience with genetic sequencing is highly desirable


  • California Public Health Microbiologist license is required


  • Stand                                       Frequently
  • Walk                                        Frequently
  • Sit                                            Frequently
  • Handling / Fingering                Frequently
  • Reach Outward                       Occasionally
  • Reach Above Shoulder           Occasionally
  • Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend      Occasionally
  • Lift / Carry                                Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
  • Push/Pull                                  Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
  • See                                          Constantly
  • Taste/ Smell                             Not Applicable

Not Applicable          Not required for essential functions

Occasionally              (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently                 (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly                 (5+ hrs/day)



General Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled



Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to be considered.

Please apply at the following URL:

PHFE is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply.


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