This is a Microbiologist I position within the Bacteriology section of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Major responsibilities for this position will include: preparing specimens for scientific examination and culture, isolating and identifying bacteria, performing parasite identification, performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing, reporting results, and other duties as assigned. Ability to pass a visual color screening test is required. Ability to complete some repetitive tasks, such as streaking plates is required.
Performs testing services within a microbiology laboratory including human, animal, and plant diagnostics, surveillance, screening, environmental monitoring, and forensic science to report clear and concise testing results.
15% Isolates and maintains cultures of microorganisms from specimens and samples for identification and classification
10% Propagates and maintains cell lines and cultures for microorganism isolation or assay procedures
25% Performs, interprets, and reports microbiological tests or assays for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of illnesses or determine sources of contamination in the environment
15% Prepares specimens for scientific examination and analysis and/or prepares the laboratory for accreditation audits/inspections
5% Conducts biological research experiments employing quality control and quality assurance practices and adhering to regulatory standards and requirements
5% Operates and maintains laboratory instrumentation and information management systems
5% Prepares, reviews, verifies, and reports test result data
5% Prepares technical reports
5% Communicates with internal and external stakeholders as needed
5% Supports and/or trains new employees, students, and other professional colleagues
5% Participates in educational and outreach activities and other professional development
Analyze animal specimens for the presence of pathogenic bacteria: set up cultures from veterinary samples, isolate bacteria and prepare for identification systems.
Record information on tests performed and organisms isolated, interpret and report results, etc.
Perform specialized test procedures: read and report Tritrichomonas samples, perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing, culture for anaerobic, fastidious and other specialized organisms, perform identification of bacteria using Maldi-TOF, etc.
Examine specimens for the presence of internal and external parasites: perform parasitology procedures from feces, hair, skin, etc., examine preparations with microscope, identify parasites and report results.
Perform section wide duties: maintain QC strains in lab, order supplies, participate in projects, work on teams or committees, provide technical advice, train staff, etc.
Perform other duties as assigned: maintain clean workspace, provide guidance to ensure work duties are covered in lab, provide technical advice, prepare sample for referral, participate in assay and equipment improvements, etc.
Perform quality and safety duties as required and assigned: write/revise SOPs, acknowledge documents, complete trainings, perform equipment calibrations, PM, cleanings, monitor controls, initiate and participate in corrective actions, wear PPE, etc.
Report testing results and information into LIMS and other information systems.
Comply with WVDL safety and quality requirements (see Quality and Safety manuals).
Perform Johne's liquid culture: perform testing and report results according to standard operating procedures, complete proficiency tests, maintain supplies, perform QC, maintain equipment, aliquot samples for PCR confirmation.
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A bachelor's degree in biology, microbiology, or other related scientific discipline is required. Ability to pass a visual color screening test is required. Ability to complete some repetitive tasks, such as streaking plates, is required.
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Terminal, 12 month appointment. This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding
Minimum $46,556 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
This position may be extended, or made permanent, based on satisfactory job performance, funding availability, and employer need within the bacteriology section.
Diagnostic microbiology has a major impact on animal health, disease prevention and control, and treatment methods. WVDL's mission is to promote animal and human health and the vitality of the state and national agricultural economy through the delivery of high-quality veterinary diagnostics and exemplary customer service. This diagnostic microbiologist position is a hands-on opportunity to contribute to that mission.
How to Apply:
Salary will be assigned within the appropriate range, commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also included. Anticipated start date on or after October 17, 2022.
Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.
To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received by no later than 11:55pm CDT, on October 3, 2022. Please submit a resume, cover letter and a list of three professional references including one current or recent supervisor.
Review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 5, 2022.
NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in your online application, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.
Special Note: UW-Madison conducts criminal background checks for final candidate(s).
The WVDL is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect, integrity, trust and accountability where employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. The WVDL believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a lab, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We strive for continuous improvement by setting our goals high and expecting high standards using our core values.
UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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).
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