Madison, WI
Jul 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 91419-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 91419-AS

Working Title: Senior Microbiologist



FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: SEPTEMBER 01, 2017

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $55,406 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

BS in Biology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, or related Biological field. MS or Ph.D. in Biology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, or related Biological field preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Seven or more years experience in a professional laboratory setting. Must be a currently certified analyst for Cryptosporidium using EPA Method 1623.

Position Summary:

This position functions independently, under very general supervision, as a lead microbiologist for the Water Microbiology Unit, specializing in Cryptosporidium and Giardia testing as a principal analyst for EPA method 1623. Independently perform and interpret the results of routine and non-routine microbiological analyses, review the quality control testing to assure accuracy of the tests; develop and implement new microbiological methods such as molecular methods; and conduct laboratory research related to water and environmental microbiology. Work may include teaching and training at all levels, including high level professional staff, nonprofessional staff and students; and direct special project analyses, test development, or independent research, especially in molecular methods. Represent the laboratory on technical study or advisory committees. This position provides consultation to Department of Natural Resources, Department of Health Services, County Health agencies, US Geological Survey, other state and federal agencies, industry, private laboratories and general public. Represent the laboratory at professional functions including symposia and colloquia. Guide and review the work of other professional and technical staff. 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.

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.

Additional Information:

Knowledge and Skills
Expert knowledge of laboratory principles and practices.
Knowledge of microscope based methods for microbiological applications.
Expert and certified knowledge of methods and protocols for the sampling and analysis of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in water.
Must be certified as a principal analyst for EPA Method 1623.
Expert knowledge of procedures used for isolation and measurement of waterborne bacteria, parasites and potential emerging pathogens.
Expert knowledge of basic biochemical tests used in identification of bacteria.
Expert knowledge of what types of bacteria are important from various types of environmental samples.
Expert knowledge of molecular methods for water microbiology such as qPCR.
Knowledge of effective communication skills for teaching of laboratory procedures.
Knowledge of accurate and organized recordkeeping.
Knowledge of scientific approach in problem solving.
Interpersonal and customer service skills.
Team skills.
Ability to distinguish all the colors of the spectrum.
Ability to lift 50 lbs.
A valid driver's license acceptable to UW Risk Management to collect research samples.


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.

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Advertised: 18 Jul 2017 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: 15 Aug 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time