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Division of Public Health, NC State Laboratory of Public Health
Wake County, NC, United States
28 days ago
Division of Public Health, NC State Laboratory of Public Health
Wake County, North Carolina, United States
28 days ago


The Bioterrorism and Emerging Pathogens (BTEP) Unit is one of four units at the NCSLPH that maintains laboratory capability to detect high consequence public health pathogens and emerging infectious disease agents.  The Unit acts in a manner that strengthens emergency response within the Division of Public Health by providing data to support evidence-based decision making.  The Unit maintains readiness to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year to emergency situations warranting specimen/sample collection, transportation and analysis to limit morbidity and mortality in the North Carolina.  In addition, the BTEP Unit serves as the NCSLPH’s coordinating center to enhance collaborative efforts with other infectious disease units that provide biological emergency response testing.  Collectively these Units serve as an Advanced Reference Laboratory within the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) International Laboratory Response Network (LRN) which ensures accurate and timely local, state, and regional response to biological emergencies.

The BTEP Unit Manager will:
  • Coordinate laboratory preparedness and response to biological emergencies
  • Provide managerial and technical leadership to Public Health Emergency Preparedness laboratory staff 
  • Be responsible for coordinating and conducting the evaluation of clinical specimens and environmental samples for the presence of high-consequence biological agents using various molecular, virological, serological and bacteriological isolation and confirmation techniques.  
  • Oversee activities associated with the National Laboratory Response Network (LRN). 
  • Conduct work in BSL2 and BSL 3 laboratory facilities and use appropriate work practices to ensure staff safety and agent security. 
  • Apply clinical diagnostic microbiology skills and knowledge of select agent regulation and chain-of-custody procedures to develop and implement biological emergency response plans in collaboration with local, state, and federal public health and law enforcement partners.

Salary Grade: 
Recruitment Range: $51,895 – $93,346  
Position: 60041411
Exam Plan: #22-05374
About the Division of Public Health and the State Laboratory of Public Health:
The NC Division of Public Health (DPH) works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina – Everywhere, Everyday, Everybody.
At the State Laboratory of Public Health (SLPH), we provide medical and environmental laboratory services such as testing, consultation, and training, to public and private health provider organizations responsible for the promotion, protection, and assurance of the health of North Carolina citizens. SLPH serves the entire state as a reference laboratory for difficult, unusual, or otherwise unavailable laboratory procedures and assist in the development, evaluation, and standardization of medical and environmental laboratory testing procedures. We provide training and consultation to improve and assure quality services in other laboratories and certify milk and water laboratories and milk analysts. We test for Acanthamoeba to Zika and everything in between! Visit our website at to learn more.

Campus Amenities and Benefits at the State Laboratory of Public Health
  • 220,000 square feet campus built in 2012
  • Plentiful Free Parking
  • Easy access to shopping centers, the state art museum, healthcare providers, and highways (70, 40 and 440)
  • Break Rooms with Vending Machines, Ice Machines, Coffee Makers, Magazines, and Commercial Grade Microwave Ovens
  • Patio Dining with Umbrellas
  • Weekly Food Trucks, including Double Food Truck Fridays
  • Car Cleaning and Detailing Services On-site bimonthly
  • Wellness Activities
  • Fitness Center with Exercise Equipment and Classes
  • Annual Flu Shot Clinic for Employees and Families
  • Monthly and Quarterly Workshop Sessions
  • Employee Engagement and Staff Development Activities
  • NCSLPH Employee Recognition Programs
  • State Health Plan and State of NC Employee Benefits


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information listed under the text resume section or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. Qualified candidates must document on the application that they possess all of the following:
  • The successful candidate for this position must meet the CLIA ’88 requirements for a technical supervisor in a high complexity laboratory.  Candidates must attach a copy of their transcripts to the application or provide an unofficial copy of their transcripts at the time of the interview.
  • Demonstrated experience applying appropriate work practices within BSL 2 and BSL 3 laboratory facilities.  
  • Ability to use standard and advance technologies to test samples and specimens to detect bacterial and/or viral agents of public health concern.
  • Demonstrated competency in analyzing data derived from high complexity testing to ensure accurate testing, reporting, and implementation of strategies to identify agents that require public health response.
  • Experience in laboratory project management that includes submitting proposals in response to funding opportunity announcements, coordinating activities associated with awards, and providing routine performance reports.
  • Experience interpreting and applying federal regulations including those related to laboratory quality (CLIA or CAP) and those associated with the possession, use, and transfer of select agents.  
  • Experience in instructing others to conduct complex technical procedures; successfully articulating complex information accurately and clearly to physicians and other health care personnel; and proficient in developing, designing, and delivering training and continuing education programs.
  • Previous experience utilizing published research to develop procedures, methods, and training materials including the rapid development, evaluation, and implementation of new laboratory procedures.  

Management Preferences:
  • Preference will be given to those that meet the Federal CLIA ’88 personnel requirements for a director of a high complexity testing laboratory (i.e., hold a doctorate and be board-certified by one of the recognized clinical and pathology certification boards; or be an MD with two years’ clinical laboratory experience.
  • Doctoral Degree in chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution and 1-year postdoctoral training/experience in high complexity testing in the respective specialty.
  • Candidates certified by a US DHHS-approved board (e.g. American Board of Bioanalysis) with advanced training in bacteriology, virology, molecular microbiological techniques and immunochemistry will be given preference.
  • Must be able to meet requirements of Select Agent Rules and Regulations, the Patriot Act of 2002.  

Physical Requirements:
  • Must be eligible for smallpox vaccination. 
  • Must be free of conditions that would restrict access to a biosafety level 3 laboratory that routinely handles high-consequence pathogens (select agents).

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in medical technology, chemistry, or a biological science from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience in a laboratory in the assigned area, two of which is in a supervisory capacity; 
an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Special Qualifications:
Must be capable of meeting the Federal CLIA 88 personnel requirements for a technical supervisor in a laboratory performing high complexity testing.

Supplemental and Contact Information

BTEP Unit Manager description imageThe Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence.  Pre-Employment criminal background checks are required for some positions.
Division of Public Health (DPH) main locations, including their grounds, are tobacco-free as outlined in the Tobacco-free Campus Policy. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, “vape products” and all smokeless tobacco products, may not be used in the indicated areas. For more information, please see the policy and FAQ posted here:
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Job Information

  • Job ID: 63622232
  • Location:
    Wake County, North Carolina, United States
  • Position Title: BTEP Unit Manager
  • Company Name For Job: Division of Public Health, NC State Laboratory of Public Health
  • Industry: Bioterrorism
  • Job Function: Laboratory Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Salary: $51,895.00 - $93,346.00 (Yearly Salary)

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