Madison, WI
May 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 90729-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 90729-AS

Working Title: Associate Microbiologist



FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JUNE 19, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $42,167 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

A bachelor's degree in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, bacteriology, or related environmental field required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

At least one year of experience in a professional or academic laboratory. Experience can include internships, volunteer roles, or similar laboratory exposure. Experience must include basic laboratory techniques such as weighing and measuring, or pipetting, or making accurate volumetric measurements, and knowledge and understanding of basic laboratory equipment.

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 Services, the Department of Natural Resources, as well as county emergency management, EMS/HAZMAT, local water utilities, wastewater 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 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 are trained to participate in the use of the Incident Command System and must be prepared to implement a continuity of operations plan.
This position is part of the Environmental Health Division (EHD). The work of this Division has state and national impact on the health and wellbeing of people and the places in which they live, work and play.
Under close progressing to limited supervision, the incumbent will perform routine and non-routine procedures for indicator and pathogenic organisms in the Water Microbiology Unit at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, 2601 Agriculture Dr., Madison using microscopic, culture, traditional and quantitative polymerase chain reaction methods. Quality control and quality assurance functions will be performed to insure that the unit is always in compliance with all applicable regulations. On a limited basis, the incumbent will assist in incorporating new methods into the unit from publications and research projects. The incumbent will also provide primary service in the preparation of testing media. This work may require field work and sample collection as part of research projects. In order to perform these tasks, the incumbent must be able to distinguish the different colors of the spectrum, be able to lift 50 pounds, and hold a Wisconsin driver's license with a driving record acceptable to the UW Office of Risk Management.
The employee in this position is expected to use the tools and principles of quality management in performing their daily work including the following: (1) Demonstrate exceptional customer service by establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with managers, supervisors, coworkers, and all customers. (2) Provide constructive feedback for the purpose of continuous improvement in a manner that is supportive of the State Laboratory of Hygiene and its mission. (3) Use data collection tools as appropriate. (4) Use effective team skills to contribute to the efficient operation of the work unit. (5) Present ideas, carry out assignments, and provide information as required. (6) Participate in continuous learning through professional development activities.

Additional Information:

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.


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 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.

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.

Advertised: 15 May 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 9 Jun 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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