You must submit a copy of your transcripts.  See “How to Apply” section for mailing address.

TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2008-163

ISSUED   AUGUST 13, 2008

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

MICROBIOLOGISTS

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Microbiologist 1

32410

S6

2.

Microbiologist 2

32420

S7

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will perform microscopic examinations of laboratory specimens to determine the presence, identity and quantity of bacteria, fungi, protozoa or other microorganisms in any phase of their development.  Work requires application of scientific techniques to a variety of microbiological tests and examinations in fields such as bacteriology, mycology, virology, serology or parasitology.  Technical work is performed with a high degree of independence and responsibility.

 

Work of a Microbiologist 2 is differentiated from the lower level by the independent responsibility for conducting research to develop and modify standard operating procedures, and by performing advanced microbiological analysis through the use of advanced testing procedures and equipment.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.

 

You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.

Conditions of Employment

Certain positions will require possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

 

Certain positions will require the successful completion of a background risk assessment check.

 

Contact the PA Department of Health for further information concerning positions that require a background risk assessment check.  Contact information can be found in the “JOB OPPORTUNITIES” section.

 

Minimum Requirements

Microbiologist 1 - A bachelor’s degree in microbiology; OR a bachelor’s degree that includes 20 credits in microbiology, cellular biology, molecular biology or bacteriology and 12 credits in chemistry or biochemistry.

 

Microbiologist 2 - One year as a Microbiologist 1; OR one year of professional laboratory work experience in microbiology, and a bachelor’s degree that includes 20 credits in microbiology, cellular biology, molecular biology or bacteriology and 12 credits in chemistry or biochemistry; OR a graduate degree in microbiology.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Microbiologist 1 and 2 positions exist in the following agencies and locations:  PA Department of Agriculture and PA Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg (Dauphin County), PA Department of Health in Lionville (Chester County).

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:

 

PA Department of Agriculture

PA Department of Health

Office of Human Resources

Bureau of Human Resources

2301 North Cameron Street

126 Health & Welfare Building

Harrisburg, PA  17110-9408

Harrisburg, PA  17108

Telephone:  (717) 787-1065

Telephone:  (717) 787-6002

Internet:  www.agriculture.state.pa.us

Internetwww.health.state.pa.us

 

 

PA Department of Environmental Protection

Bureau of Human Resources

2nd Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building

400 Market Street, P.O. Box 2357

Harrisburg, PA  17105-2357

Telephone:  (717) 783-2021

Internet:  www.depweb.state.pa.us/employment

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office.  You will have a maximum of 2 ½ hours to complete the test.

 

The test will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

Micro 1

Micro 2

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

Number of Questions

 

 

 

General Biology and Chemistry

30

 

Bacteriology, Immunology and Mycology

20

20

Laboratory Methods and Procedures

25

25

Interpreting Reports and Charts

10

10

Intermediate Biology and Chemistry

 

20

Diagnostic Bacteriology

 

20

Intermediate Immunology and Serology

__

10

 

TOTAL

85

105

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for these job titles and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

These tests are different from previous tests for these job titles.  If you have taken the tests before, you may get a different score on these tests.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Apply online at www.scsc.state.pa.us or submit your completed paper application and transcripts to:

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us  

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources Offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section

 

of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."