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Apply now Job no: 92800-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific, Other

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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Anticipated Begin Date:

JANUARY 03, 2018


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $48,333 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

A transcript conferring a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Microbiology, Bacteriology, Molecular Biology or related field is required (the person has to have performed qPCR using environmental samples). An advanced degree may be substituted for years of experience. An official or copy of an official transcript will be required prior to employment. (Applicant with degrees from foreign institutions must have the transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services and the applicant is responsible for all costs associated with the evaluation.)

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

As a mid-level position, three to five years of work experience are required with experience working with water enzymatic methods, culture methods, primers, probes, experience testing environmental samples by PCR, maintenance of bacterial cultures, and proficiency with laboratory quality assurance. At the bench lab experience is required. An advanced degree course work may be substituted for years of experience, if comparable.

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Position Summary:

This position is part of the Environmental Health Division (EHD). The work of this Division has state and national impact on the health and wellbeing of people and the places in which they live, work and play.

The incumbent will perform routine and complex procedures for indicator and pathogenic organisms in the Water Microbiology Unit at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, 2601 Agriculture Dr., Madison using microscopic, culture, traditional and quantitative polymerase chain reaction methods and develop and implement methods using molecular methods for research projects. Quality control and quality assurance functions will be performed to insure that the units are always in compliance with all applicable regulations. The incumbent will assist with data analysis and reporting associated with routine samples and research projects. This work may require field work and sample collection as part of research projects. In order to perform these tasks, the incumbent must be able to distinguish the different colors of the spectrum, be able to lift 50 pounds, and hold a Wisconsin driver's license with a driving record acceptable to the UW Office of Risk Management. Incumbent must be able to work their turn in a weekend and holiday rotation which is approximately once per month for two to four hours each day of that particular weekend.

The employee in this position is expected to use the tools and principles of quality management in performing their daily work including the following: (1) Demonstrate exceptional customer service and communication skills by establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with managers, supervisors, coworkers, and all customers. (2) Provide constructive feedback for the purpose of continuous improvement in a manner that is supportive of the State Laboratory of Hygiene and its mission. (3) Use data collection tools as appropriate. (4) Use effective team skills to contribute to the efficient operation of the work unit. (5) Present ideas, carry out assignments, and provide information as required. (6) Participate in continuous learning through professional development activities.

Additional Information:

As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the employee must be able to perform the essential job functions as outlined in the position description with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Knowledge of waterborne pathogens and indicator organisms.
Knowledge of aseptic technique, quality control and quality assurance for a microbiology laboratory.
Knowledge of routine laboratory procedures in testing water samples for microorganisms.
Knowledge of specialized laboratory procedures in testing water samples for microorganisms.
Knowledge of safe handling and disposal of biological and chemical hazardous materials.
Operation of light microscope to identify/characterize bacteria.
Knowledge of tradition and quantitative polymerase chain reaction.
Operation of personal computer for accessing the Laboratory Information Management System to track samples and results
Knowledge of spreadsheets (Excel?) and documents (Word?) used in a laboratory.
Knowledge of accurate, organized recordkeeping.
Knowledge of scientific approach in problem solving.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Effective team skills.
Exceptional customer service skills.
Effective interpersonal skills
Knowledge and experience with quality control and quality assurance procedures.
Ability to interpret results and recommend corrective actions to the general public.
Ability to distinguish all the colors of the spectrum to determine sample quality.
Able to lift 50 pounds.
Maintain a Wisconsin driver's license with a driving record acceptable to UW Office of Risk Management.
Ability to work a holiday and weekend rotation.


Heather Sauer
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this job, please upload a resume and cover letter (including title and Vacancy ID#). If you have questions, you may email or call Heather Sauer, 608-890-1152.

Additional Link: Full Position Details
  NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required
  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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