NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Molecular Typing Lab Supervisor, Bureau of the Public Health Laboratory/Environmental Science in New York, New York

Job Description

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), Bureau of Public Health Laboratory is seeking to hire a qualified City Research Scientist II to serve as supervisor for its Molecular Typing Laboratory (MTL). The mission of the Public Health Laboratory is to safeguard the health all New York City residents by providing quality laboratory testing services that address the needs of the NYC DOHMH and its community partners to prevent and respond to food, clinical and environmental public health concerns. This is an excellent opportunity to join our team and continue to make history at the world's first municipal public health laboratory.


  • Supervising, training, assigning work and evaluating the performance of staff including overseeing the consolidation of laboratory test reports to include meaningful metrics.

  • Directing staff to run queries, generate reports and develop analysis programs.

  • Conducting investigations regarding agents related to public health outbreaks using independent judgment and initiative and performing data analysis on test results.

  • Assisting in the coordination of agency, local and federal partners in investigations.

  • Ensuring the lab complies with regulatory agencies.

  • Implementing and monitoring laboratory quality, and health and safety policies and procedures.

  • Maintaining and participating in a program of quality control and assurance; and advising staff on appropriate methods and techniques.

  • Evaluating data, preparing complex reports, maintaining records and assisting in the coordination of research efforts of the Agency.

  • Performing or overseeing the design and maintenance of charts, logs, and other records.

  • Writing original manuscripts for publication based on data analyses.

Minimum Qual Requirements

  1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health. To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
  2. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  3. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
  4. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

NOTE: Probationary Period Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

  • Background and experience working with pathogenic organisms; validating lab developed tests; performing PCR and other molecular biology assays; performing microbiological assays and familiarity with BSL2 practices and laboratory information systems.

  • Experience with 1st and or 2nd generation sequencing methods including, WGS and metagenomics.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to supervise to staff, and work well within a management team environment.

  • Possess or be eligible for a NYS Clinical laboratory Technologist license as described in Part 58, Article 16 of the New York Station Education Law effective August 7, 2008.

Additional Information


Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

  • A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.

  • Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.

  • Current Resume

  • Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 368273.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Job ID: 368273

# of Positions: 1

Business Title: Molecular Typing Lab Supervisor, Bureau of the Public Health Laboratory/Environmental Science


Title Classification: Non-Competitive

Job Category: Health, Policy, Research & Analysis

Career Level: Experienced (non-manager)

Work Location: 455 First Ave., N.Y.

Division/Work Unit: Environmental Sciences

Title Code No: 2174402

Level: 02

Proposed Salary Range: $ 70,286.00 - $ 87,295.32 (Annual)

POSTING DATE: 10/10/2018

POST UNTIL: 01/30/2019