This position is located in the Environmental Health Division of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) which serves as the public, environmental, and occupational health laboratory for the State of Wisconsin.
The person hired for this position will work in the Environmental Toxicology unit to analyze freshwater diatom samples collected from rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands to identify and enumerate specimens; document taxa with digital images; perform QA/QC analyses; and prepare reports. Additional responsibilities include analyzing samples for aquatic invasive species, conducting toxicity tests on water and sediment samples, maintaining records, making entries of quality assurance activities, and participating on a toxicological research team.
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 by establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with other colleagues, supervisors, and all 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.
List of Duties
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|Degree and Area of Specialization:
Bachelor's degree with a major in a life science field (e.g. Biology, Botany, Ecology, Toxicology, Environmental Science) required. Advanced degree preferred. An official transcript 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 http://www.naces.org/ and the applicant is responsible for all costs associated with that evaluation).
|Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:
Minimum two years' experience in a laboratory or professional setting. A strong interest and background in diatom taxonomy is necessary. Minimum of two years of demonstrable experience in sample preparation, identification and enumeration of freshwater diatoms with light microscopy and documenting taxa with digital images. Must have an interest in remaining current in taxonomic developments and changes. Additionally, interest in identifying aquatic invasive species such as quagga/zebra mussel veligers and spiny water fleas is desired.
1. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to employment offer.
2. Possess and maintain eligibility to hold a valid Wisconsin driver's license and a driving record that meets the guidelines of UW Risk Management.
3. 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.
4. Knowledge of:
a. Freshwater diatom taxonomy, diatom sample preparation, light microscopy, and enumeration protocols
b. Digital curation
c. Statistical analysis and interpretation of biological data
d. Identification of aquatic invasive species
e. Techniques such as ELISA, flow cytometry and PCR
f. QA/QC procedures & principles
g. Lab equipment such as microscopes, digital imaging systems, pH meters, analytical balances and fume hoods
h. Safe handling of chemicals, reagents, glassware and instruments
i. Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and Microsoft Office applications
5. Understanding of U.S. Federal and state environmental regulations impacting diatom and invasive species work.
6. Ability to follow standard operating procedures for performing routine and non-routine testing.
7. Ability to clearly write and present scientific information.
8. Excellent communication skills in working with other team members, customers and outside contacts.
9. Effective team skills.
10. Exceptional customer service skills.
11. Excellent organizational, planning and problem-solving skills.
12. Weekend and holiday work on a rotating schedule is required.
A524922-WI STATE LAB OF HYGIENE/ENVIRN SC/BIOM CONTR
Full Time: 100%
|Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $43,871 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
|Instructions to Applicants:
To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV, a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position, and a document listing contact information for three (3) references, including at least one supervisor.
If you have questions, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kelsey Gordon, 608-262-5594.
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