Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Chief Technologist (Business Title: Program Manager, Virology) for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine department at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The primary purpose of the Chief Technologist is to serve the Public Health Laboratory Services Virology Program and to accomplish its missions and objectives. The Virology Laboratory unit is responsible in large part for diagnosis of a variety of diseases and surveillance testing. The Virology Laboratory Unit is comprised of the Viral Serology, Rabies and Molecular Virology units. Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Manages the Virology Program (VP) to accomplish its mission and objectives focusing on serologic and molecular testing for arboviruses (such as dengue, West Nile and Zika viruses) in human and mosquito specimens, animal testing for rabies virus, culture based testing for Herpes viruses and molecular testing for respiratory viruses.
Responsible for responding to new diagnostic and surveillance testing needs related to viral pathogens, as they arise, through development and validation of new test methods and activities,that overlap with those performed by the Bio-Threat Response Laboratory Unit.
Leads the Virology Microbiology Laboratory from its current labor intensive, manual, culture based processes to a more efficient molecular based, automated technology through new recruits, with the necessary skills that can cross train and develop the existing staff.
Collaborates with the Microbiology Program which encompasses enteric bacteriology, mycobacteriology, special bacteriology and sanitary bacteriology.
Functions as a Technical Supervisor under the Clinical and Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988 (CLIA) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) guidelines.
Responsible for the technical oversight of the virology unit including the Rabies, Viral Serology, Viral Culture and Molecular Virology sections.
Responsible for quality management, safety procedures, compliance and management of federal grants and state agreements
Manages and assists in the recruitment, and development of staff. Maintains the unit and staff in a state of readiness to respond to public health emergencies to mitigate factious disease impact on the health of New Jersey residents and the state's economy.
Supervises, conducts performance appraisals, disciplinary actions, coaches, counsels and motivates staff to achieve peak productivity and performance.
Maintains a working knowledge and hands on experience with tests in the unit to ensure continuity of operations.
Develops and manages the budget for the Virology program.
Regularly monitors relevant key financial indicators and performance metrics.
Ensures compliance with all regulatory agencies.
Guarantees the minimum turnaround time is met to achieve results in accordance with state and federal guidelines.
Works in collaboration with other internal programs and other divisions of the NJ Department of Health, as well as with community partners to provide accurate and timely laboratory services and information. Serves as the primary liaison between VP, PHEL laboratory and the Communicable Disease Services group.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master's of Science Degree in microbiology or other appropriate biological discipline.
Four (4) years of experience in microbiological analysis or research.
A Doctorate in a microbiological discipline may be substituted for two (2) years of the experience indicated above.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Appointee will be required to possess a valid driver's license as the candidate will have to visit other sites.
Posting Number: 18ST1098
Location: Downtown New Brunswick
Internal Number: 62959
About Rutgers University
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