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Technologist, Environmental Microbiology – BC Centre for Disease Control, LM Labs

Technologist, Environmental Microbiology – BC Centre for Disease Control, LM Labs


The Technologist, Environmental Microbiology, performs routine analysis of water, food, environmental and clinical samples using various techniques to detect surrogate or indicator organisms and infectious disease agents for public health audits and surveillance and for confirmation of food-borne, waterborne and gastrointestinal (GI) disease outbreaks, evaluates and verified results, interprets data and prepared related reports and is responsible for routine quality control and maintenance of equipment and facilities.Duties


In this role, you will: 

  • Participate in day-to-day work activities in the Environmental Microbiology Program by testing drinking, recreational and waste water with membrane filtration, multiple tube fermentation and enzyme substrate procedure for detection and identification of indicator organisms for public health audits and surveillance. 
  • Perform routine analysis of ready-to-eat food for surrogate or indicator organisms in assessing sanitary quality. 
  • Participate in food-borne and waterborne disease outbreak investigation by testing food, water, environmental and clinical samples for disease-causing organisms using microscopic, culturing, biochemical and immunological techniques. 
  • Prepare stock solutions and reagents following standard operating procedures. 
  • Respond to requests and inquiries for all referred in tests.  Seek direction as required from the Technical Coordinators, Team Lead, Site Supervisor, Laboratory Operations Manager or Program Head/Medical Director as appropriate on customer service issues. 


You hold:

  • A diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology 
  • Certification with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) OR Bachelor of Science in Microbiology or related biological science relevant to the assigned section 
  • One year of recent, related experience including experience in a clinical and research based laboratory or an equivalent combination of education, training and recent related experience. 


You have:

  • Basic knowledge of microbiology, molecular biology and biosafety 
  • Demonstrated the ability in writing scientific manuscripts an asset and performing literature searches 
  • Demonstrated the ability to troubleshoot unexpected results 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing 
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills 
  • Demonstrated the ability to be self-motivated, manage time, and work independently 
  • Demonstrated the ability to operate related equipment and use related software 
  • Knowledge of basic computer software 
  • Demonstrated the physical ability to perform the job



If this sounds like you, apply now! 



About Us


Lower Mainland Laboratories is a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), responsible for providing public laboratory services throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Hospital-based laboratories in Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Providence Health Care and PHSA provide both inpatient and outpatient laboratory services.  These specialty laboratories provide a variety of reference and specialized testing.


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British ColumbiansPHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.


The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


  • 85736
  • Temporary, Full-Time (until July 2020)
  • Monday to Friday (rotating Saturdays and Sundays); 0830 - 1630
  • Wage $29.70- $37.04
  • 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z1M9


ATTN: PHSA Employees:


To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at  


Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of July 25, 2019. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.


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Labor Agreement
Requisition #85736-2328756
Work Site
Job TypeTemporary, Full-Time
Temporary DurationTBD
Hours of Work
Work Days
Expiry Date22-Aug-2019

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