University of Wisconsin Madison MICROBIOLOGIST in Madison, Wisconsin



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Job no: 94559-AS

Work type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Barron

Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine

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Academic Staff-Renewable

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Anticipated Begin Date:

JULY 01, 2018


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $42,167 ANNUAL (12 months)

Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelor's degree required, preferably in microbiology, molecular biology or biochemistry or related field of biological sciences.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Up to three years of experience is required for consideration at the Associate Microbiologist title. For consideration at the Microbiologist title, at least three years of professional objective level experience in a laboratory environment is required, preferably in a diagnostic lab. For consideration at the Senior Microbiologist title, seven or more years of professional experience plus demonstrated advanced knowledge and skills including developing new approaches, methods or techniques in their field is required.

Knowledge, Ablilities and Skills:

Solid foundation and understanding of serological and microbiological laboratory principles, practices and methods.

Familiarity with and the ability to operate basic laboratory equipment and instruments.

Thorough knowledge and understanding of aseptic laboratory techniques.

Knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety practices.

Knowledge and understanding of quality control/quality assurance (QC/QA) practices as they apply to laboratory tests and procedures.

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Knowledge and skills with computers.

Ability to prioritize duties, organize work, manage time limitations, carry out multiple tasks and analyze reports.

Excellent customer service skills and telephone manners.

Knowledge of hard copy and electronic record keeping and file maintenance.

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Position Summary:

This is a Microbiologist position in the serology section of the WVDL in Barron, WI. This position will be responsible for performing various serology procedures including Agar Gel Immunodiffusion (AGID), plate/tube agglutination, hemagglutination and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELSIA). The incumbent will participate in process/assay improvement activities, method validation/implementation, test and equipment troubleshooting, and test performance monitoring. Responsibilities also include completing work in compliance with the WVDL quality system, ordering and preparing media/reagents as needed, and providing cross coverage support for the Pathology and Bacteriology section. This Microbiologist will communicate with laboratory staff and clients to report test results and provide information regarding procedures for specimen collection and submission. This position requires passing yearly proficiency tests and competency activities to maintain authorization for USDA, National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and other testing programs.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Barron Laboratory Supervisor.

Additional Information:

This position is located at the Barron laboratory location.

The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) is a high volume laboratory that provides a broad range of veterinary diagnostic testing services to approximately 2,500 clients. The principal objective is to provide animal disease testing services to veterinarians across the State of Wisconsin and the country.

The WVDL works closely with an array of entities and has allegiances and obligations that include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections, Division of Animal Health (DATCP); the National Wildlife Health Center (USGS); the Division of Public Health of the Department of Health Services (DHS); the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR): the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH); the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM); the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD); and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA). These alliances provide for cooperation and information transfer as each organization pursues its mission. The WVDL is a National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Core Laboratory and therefore is a part of our national defense against livestock disease disasters. A significant part of WVDL's work involves surveillance testing for the USDA and DATCP, as well as extensive testing for the national livestock genetics industry, much of which is located in Wisconsin. In addition, testing is performed in support of Wisconsin's fish industry. The WVDL has laboratories located in Madison and Barron, Wisconsin.


Todd Mccoy


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:

Applicants will be asked to apply online at Candidates will need to upload resume, cover letter as well as a document containing the names and contact information for three professional references.

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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Applications Open: May 17 2018 Central Daylight Time

Applications Close: Jun 14 2018 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time