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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 225311-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

One of the incumbent's primary roles will be to share responsibilities for preparing and performing quality control procedures on testing media for the entire Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH). WSLH is part of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. WSLH serves as the public, environmental and occupational health laboratory for the State of Wisconsin. This position functions in the Environmental Health Division in the Water Microbiology Unit. In addition to media preparation, the incumbent performs and interprets the results of routine and non-routine microbiological analyses of drinking waters, as well as lakes, streams and river samples to benefit water quality and protect public health. Quality control and quality assurance functions will be performed to ensure that the units are always in compliance with all applicable regulations.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

A transcript conferring a four-year Bachelor's degree with a major in Microbiology, Bacteriology, Molecular Biology, Environmental Science or related field is required. 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 Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

A minimum of 1 year of laboratory experience is required. Laboratory bench experience is preferred. Laboratory experience may be in an academic setting. Preference may be given to applicants who have experience using water enzymatic methods, lab quality assurance, media preparation, customer service and working with a Laboratory Information System.

Additional Information:

Work hours for this position are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with weekend and holiday work on a rotational basis.

Candidate must:
- Successfully complete a visual color screening test
- Be able to lift 50 lbs
- Have a valid driver's license acceptable to UW Risk Management
- As defined by the American 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

Preferred Knowledges:
- Safe laboratory principles and practices
- Quality control procedures and complex quality control tests used in a water microbiology laboratory
- Aseptic techniques, including sterility checks and sterilization techniques such as filtration and autoclaving
- Microbiological media preparation
- Procedures used to identify bacteria important to environmental and drinking water samples
- Computer use for LIMS and Microsoft office applications
- Microscopy methods for microbiological applications
- Molecular techniques for microbial identification and quantification
- Safe handling and disposal of biological and chemical hazardous materials
- Scientific approach to problem solving

- Effective communication skills for teaching laboratory procedures
- Ability to maintain accurate and organized records
- Exceptional interpersonal, team and customer service skills
- Effective use of quality principles and tools



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $44,748 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 or call Kelsey Gordon, 608-262-5594.


Kelsey Gordon
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. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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