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Apply now Job no: 93499-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Quality, Risk Management and Compliance, Other

Position Vacancy ID:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Working Title:

Quality Assurance Manager

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Hiring Department:




Anticipated Begin Date:

APRIL 01, 2018


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry, biology, natural sciences, or related discipline. Advanced degree preferred in aforementioned disciplines with sub-majors in statistics, mathematics or information technologies. An official or copy of an official, transcript will be required prior to an offer of employment. (Applicants 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 that evaluation).

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum five years of experience in an analytical laboratory, professional or academic setting, including the direct practice with production and review of environmental laboratory data. Expert knowledge as demonstrated by at least five years of experience working with Quality Assurance/Control topics is required ? such as Limits of Detection and Quantitation, blanks, spikes, inter-lab comparisons, verification and validation of methods, applicability of documented methods and standard operating procedures. Knowledge of and experience with primary analytical tools used in the Central Analytical Lab (CAL), Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (Ion Chromatography, Flow Injection Analysis Colorimetry, Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry, and Ion Selective Electrodes). Experience writing high level technical documents, summarizing analytical data, and presenting data to various audiences is required. Expert knowledge as demonstrated by at least five years of experience with managing, reviewing, or conducting environmental sample collection, experience managing and resolving sampling challenges; troubleshooting and maintaining sample integrity, and documenting any deviations from protocol.

License or Certificate:


Position Summary:

This critical position is necessary to ensure high quality data is produced and distributed to meet the needs and requirements of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP). As the Quality Assurance (QA) manager, the incumbent will ensure all standard and established quality assurance measures are adhered to and documented for laboratory analysis of samples and sampling supplies as deployed in the field and retrieved at the lab. The individual in this position must function at a high level independence, possess exceptional coordination skills, technical expertise, and the ability to function as a liaison with federal colleagues for matters associated with quality and analytical data from the NADP. This position is one of the three core team management positions in the CAL.

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

This position reports to the NADP Data and Site Support Manager.

Additional Information:

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to employment offer
Possess and maintain eligibility to hold a valid Wisconsin drivers license and a driving record that meets the guidelines of UW Risk Management.
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 analytical instrumentation for the measurement of inorganic constituents such as Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), flow injection analyzers, Ion Chromatography (IC).
Knowledge of analytical balances and other common equipment.
Knowledge of overall laboratory operations, safety protocols, data validation, and staff cross training and back-up procedures
Knowledge and experience in SOPs as they pertain to environmental analyses and commensurate data analysis
Knowledge of environmental sample collection protocols such as duplicates, replicates, blanks, inter-lab comparisons.
Knowledge of quality assurance as it applies to environmental analysis such as limits of detection and quantitation, precision, accuracy.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Effective team skills.
Effective interpersonal skills.


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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