Job description

JOB NO.: 97086-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Other, Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Management/Supervisory, Quality, Risk Management and Compliance, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 97086-AS

Working Title: Water Microbiology Supervisor - EHD Water Micro


FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: FEBRUARY 01, 2019

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

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

Degree and Area of Specialization:

A bachelor's of science in microbiology, bacteriology or related biological science required. A masters or Ph.D. in microbiology, bacteriology or related biological science preferred. An official or copy of an official, transcript will be required prior to an offer of employment. (Applicants 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 that evaluation).

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum 10 years of laboratory experience and 2 years of leadership or supervisory experience in a professional laboratory or academic setting. Experience may include direct supervision of staff including staff hiring/management, managing daily operations and production of staff, and assuring high quality results are reported and in a safe working environment. Experience may also include demonstrated non-supervisory leadership including team or project lead that included working closely with staff, coordinating effort, communicating with others, working closely with other supervisors. Must have knowledge of, and direct experience with the primary analytical tools and methods used in a flow cytometry and water microbiology testing laboratory (e.g. microscopy with immunofluorescence and DIC, molecular methods, enzymatic methods for drinking water samples, cell sorting flow cytometer). Must also have experience running a proficiency testing program, QA/QC management, laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and writing standard operating procedures (SOPs).

License or certificate:

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for managing the Water Microbiology, Glassware, Media, and Flow Cytometry Units for the Environmental Health Division at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH). Staff management responsibilities include: managing the daily work activities, directing employees, recruiting, facilitating staff training, evaluating employee performance, and taking disciplinary action when necessary. Other duties include: monitoring work flow and lab operations, approving/monitoring laboratory expenditures, consulting with internal and external colleagues regarding scientific and matters, reviewing and evaluating test reports.

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 other colleagues, supervisors, and all customers and partners. 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 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.

This position is a supervisory position and reports to the Environmental Microbiology Supervisor.

Additional Information:

1. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to employment offer.
2. Possess and maintain eligibility to hold a valid Wisconsin's driver's license and a driving record that meets the guidelines of UW Risk Management.
3. 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.
4. Expert knowledge of PT testing program for Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
5. Expert knowledge of basic biochemical tests used in identification of coliform bacteria.
6. Expert knowledge of bacteria of importance from various types of environmental samples.
7. Expert knowledge of procedures used for isolation of waterborne bacteria, parasites and potential emerging pathogens.
8. Expert knowledge of microscopic examinations using immunofluorescence (FA, 4',6'-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI), and differential interference contrast (DIC).
9. Expert knowledge of immunomagnetic separation (IMS).
10. Knowledge of qPCR, ddPCR, sequencing and other molecular techniques, advanced instrumentation for microorganism identification (e.g. Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization or Advanced Phenotype Analysis).
11. Knowledge of overall laboratory operations, safety protocols, data validation, and staff cross training and back-up procedures
12. Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards for Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act.
13. Experience with Microsoft Office products and LIMs
14. Knowledge of QA/QC
15. Effective written and oral communication skills.
16. Effective team and customer service skills.
17. Occasional weekend and holiday work may be required.


Heather Sauer
[email protected]
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 [email protected] 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: Dec 20 2018 Central Standard Time

Application Close: Jan 18 2019 11:55 PM Central Standard Time





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Posted: 12/22/2018
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