Madison, WI
Apr 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 89817-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 89817-AS

Working Title: Microbiologist



FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JUNE 05, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $48,333 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

A transcript conferring a four-year Bachelor of Science with major in Engineering, Microbiology or related field is required, a Master of Science is preferred (the person has to develop suggested engineered solutions to remediate the contamination found). 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 http://www.naces.org/ and the applicant is responsible for all costs associated with the evaluation.)

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

As a mid-level position, three to five years of work experience is required with experience working with clients/customers and qPCR in environmental samples. At the bench lab experience is a required.

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) with 350 staff, six divisions and a budget in excess of $35,000,000 serves as the public, environmental, and occupational health laboratory for the State of Wisconsin. WSLH is a public sector entity, attached to the University of Wisconsin, but with separate statutory authority. Its administrative and clinical laboratory functions are located in the heart of the UW-Madison campus; and its environmental and occupational health and information management functions located on the east side of Madison.

Wisconsin State Statutes direct the WSLH to provide analytical support as well as teaching facilities and a full range of laboratory services to the Department of Health and Family Services, the Department of Natural Resources, as well as county emergency management, EMS/HAZMAT, local water utilities, waste treatment plants licensed physicians, veterinarians, local health officers, resource management officials, coroners, and local law enforcement officials. The WSLH has been designated a Bioterrorism Level 3 (highest) laboratory, a Level 1 (highest) Chemical Terrorism response laboratory (one of only 10 in the United States), and is serving as a one of only two laboratories in the nation (the other is the CDC) to provide advanced virological testing services. The WSLH is directly linked to over a dozen federal agencies from the Office of Homeland Security to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Staff of the WSLH is trained to participate in the use of the Incident Command System and must be prepared to implement a continuity of operations plan.

The six divisions of the WSLH are led by faculty and academic staff. The six WSLH Division Directors, along with the WSLH Deputy Director, the Chief Fiscal Officer and the Deputy Director of the Environmental Health Division, form the laboratory's senior management team called the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT). This position is part of the Environmental Health Division (EHD). The work of this Division has state and national impact on the health and well-being of people and the places in which they live, work and play.

The incumbent will manage the Large Volume Sampling program to support the Revised Total Coliform Rule Level 2 Assessment requirements. In addition, the incumbent will perform routine and complex procedures in the Water Microbiology Unit. Quality assurance functions will be performed to insure that the unit is always in compliance with all applicable regulations. The incumbent will perform specialized testing using hollow fiber ultrafiltration, API 20E, traditional and quantitative PCR methods and assist in developing methods using molecular methods and cell culture methods for microbial source tracking method development research projects.

The incumbent may do field work and sample collection as part of the LVS program and the associated research projects.
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 managers, supervisor, coworkers, and all customers. 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 data collection tools as appropriate. 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.

As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the employee must be able to perform the essential job functions as outlines in the position description with or without a reasonable accomodation.

Additional Information:

Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of waterborne pathogens.
Knowledge of traditional and quantitative polymerase chain reaction.
Knowledge of cell culturing techniques and cell lines.
Knowledge of routine laboratory procedures used in testing water samples.
Knowledge of specialized laboratory procedures in testing water samples.
Operation of personal computer for accessing data.
Knowledge of accurate, organized recordkeeping.
Knowledge of scientific approach in problem solving.
Knowledge of literature and how to incorporate information of new methods into the working laboratory.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Effective use of quality principles and tools.
Effective team skills.
Exceptional customer service skills.
Effective interpersonal skills.
Effective use of quality principles and tools.
Able to distinguish all the colors of the spectrum to determine sample quality.
Able to lift 50 pounds.
Maintain a Wisconsin driver's license with a driving record acceptable to UW Office of Risk Management.


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 hrstaff@slh.wisc.edu 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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Advertised: 25 Apr 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 24 May 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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