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ABOLISHED 02/02/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-11 - Research Microbiologist (7958)

​​ABOLISHED 02/02/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-11 - Research Microbiologist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: SW20
  • Class Code: 7958
  • Established: 06/18/1954
  • Revised: 01/04/1968
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to engage in and supervise microbiological research work in one of the laboratories in the Laboratory Services Branch of the Department of Health Services; and to do other work as required.

Typical Tasks

In close collaboration with the laboratory chiefs, plans, organizes, conducts, and directs research projects relating to communicable diseases and other public health laboratory problems; plans procedures for experiments and develops new experimental methods; supervises and evaluates the work of technical personnel; actively engages in research work; makes interpretive analyses of data obtained; coordinates research activities with related work of the Department or with other public or private agencies or institutions; prepares reports and scientific papers for publication; and dictates correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I experience: One Year of Responsible Research Experience


within the last five years in medical microbiology. This research may have been either in satisfaction of the dissertation requirement for the doctoral degree, or may have been postdoctoral study; and


Education: Possession of a doctoral degree with specialization in medical microbiology, or a closely related specialty. Or II Experience: Three years of independent, research experience within the last five years in the field of medical microbiology; and


Education: Possession of a master's degree with specialization in medical microbiology, or a closely related specialty.

Knowledges and Abilities

Knowledge of: Microbiology, immunology, serology, virology and biochemistry; techniques, equipment, and terminology used in the laboratory diagnosis of diseases; causes and methods of transmission and control of communicable diseases; scientific research methodology; current developments in research in microbiology as applied to public health; and public health principles; department's affirmative action program objectives; a manager's role in the affirmative action program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Develop and originate new laboratory diagnostic and research procedures; plan and perform difficult research work and interpret results; supervise the work of others; prepare scientific papers for publication; speak and write effectively; establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff members and with other agencies and persons; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.


Work Week Group: 4C

  Updated: 8/2/2017
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