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Program Manager, Microbiology

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Program Manager, Microbiology
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department RWJ-Pathology-PISC

New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating university wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.

Our faculty are teachers, clinicians, and scientists with unparalleled experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings. We offer an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research, and the full spectrum of allied health careers.

Our clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state—at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; and at locations in Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Stratford, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Newark’s University Hospital in Newark, and other affiliates.

Through this community of healers, scientists, and scholars, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Program Manager, Microbiology for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine department at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The primary purpose of the Program Manager, Microbiology is to serve the Public Health Laboratory Services Microbiology Program and to accomplish its mission and objectives. The microbiology unit is the core of the Public Health Laboratory Services unit, and is responsible in large part for diagnosis of the variety of infectious diseases, surveillance testing and outbreak responses excluding those caused by select agents. Among the key duties of this position are the following:

• Leads the Microbiology Laboratory from its current labor intense, manual, culture based processes to a more efficient molecular based, automated technology through new recruits with the necessary skill that can cross train and develop the existing staff.
• Functions as a technical supervisor under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988 (CLIA) and College of American pathologist guidelines.
• Responsible for the technical oversight of the microbiology unit comprising of Bacteriology/Enterics, Molecular diagnostics, Special Bacteriology, Sanitary Bacteriology and Serology.
• Responsible for quality management, safety and management of federal grants and state agreements.
• Manages and assists in the recruitment, development and supervision of staff: conducts performance appraisals, disciplinary actions, coaches, counsels and motivates staff to achieve peak productivity and performance.
• Develops and manages the budget for assigned programs.
• 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.
• 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 operation.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Exempt
Grade 30S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 81694.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 103342.000
Annual Maximum Salary 124990.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Non-Union
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience

• Master 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 experience indicated above.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Appointee will be required to possess a valid driver’s license as the operation of a vehicle is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

Position requires standing, walking, sitting, use of the hands to finger, handle or feel, talk and hear 2/3 of the time, reach with hands and arms over 1/3 of the time, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl under 1/3 of the time. Position requires lifting 1/3 of the time up to 10 pounds, and under 1/3 of the time up to 25 pounds.

Moderate noise environment with some exposure (less than 1/3 of the time) to blood borne pathogens requiring the use of personal protective equipment; some potential exposure (less than 1/3 of the time) to hazardous waste.

Special Conditions

• Candidate must be willing to undergo a Security Risk Assessment which includes a fingerprint criminal background review and drug testing.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST3927
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Off Campus
Location Details

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a degree in Biology, Biochemistry or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Master’s degree?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not yet: Degree in progress
  3. * How many years of microbial research experience do you have?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application