Laboratory Paraprofessional/Professional

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Laboratory Paraprofessional/Professional


Vet Med SAMS Infectious Diseases Lab

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, providing services to animal owners and veterinarians, and conducting investigations to improve the health of animals as well as people. The college benefits pets and their owners, food-producing animals, and wildlife by offering the highest quality hospital and diagnostic laboratory services. Equipped with the most technologically advanced facilities located on a university campus, the college is dedicated to safeguarding public health by studying emerging infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.
The College of Veterinary Medicine values all members of the university community, recognizing that differences in experience and culture can only lead to a more well-rounded, accepting academic environment. We have an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in our Principles of Community (
The Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery consists of 42 faculty members, 32 clinical residents, 8 rotating interns, 3 specialty interns, and 4 administrative staff members. Shared laboratory space and technical support are provided within the department, and there are 7 dedicated research technicians who assist in the research missions of the department’s faculty. Other specialties within the department include anesthesia, cardiology, dermatology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, and zoological medicine, as well as a community practice program. The department participates in the college-wide M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Members of the department also actively participate in highly successful collaborative efforts with faculty members from other departments within the college and other colleges on campus, including the College of Public Health, College of Engineering, and the Athens campus of the Medical College of Georgia. The Department has a strong track record for teaching, research, and clinical service.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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8 AM – 5 PM; Monday-Friday; Occasional nights and weekends.

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Classification Title:

Laboratory Paraprofessional/Professional



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Position Summary:

This is a responsible technical position in the Infectious Diseases Laboratory (IDL) in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Primary duties will include the following: Daily processing of samples and performing a variety of tests run by IDL, mostly PCR, maintenance of laboratory submission entries into a computer database, daily client communication and assistance, additional miscellaneous laboratory related tasks. The candidate will provide mentorship to peers in methodologies for mastered assays. Through individual and team contributions the candidate will help establish the team’s success in providing state of the art diagnostics to the patients and communities we serve.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Computer database expertise with knowledge of Access, Word, and other various computer-based applications. Extensive laboratory experience and excellent organizational skills. The selected candidate will be a creative and devoted experimentalist and diagnostician, and will collaborate with other members of the team to run diagnostic assays.

Physical Demands:

Normal laboratory procedures including package and sample handling and pipetting

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Sample processing and running diagnostic assays will be performed routinely. These laboratory duties will include analyzing the data obtained from PCR-based assays as well as immunologic-based assays that detect antigen and/or antibodies to specific disease causing organisms. A working knowledge of the diagnostic assays and the respective positive and negative controls is imperative for accurate interpretation of results, data collection, analysis and the incorporation of the combined evaluated material into technical reports that can be conveyed to clients. This position involves the skill to design and/or develop new and/or improved methods that enhance the lab’s capability to successfully and accurately detect disease causing organisms that are of major concern to our clients.

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Management of laboratory submissions and computer database (VetView). This is a diagnostic service laboratory that receives national and international samples. It is imperative that samples are labeled accurately, efficiently with attention to detail. Each sample is given an identifying submission number that is carefully entered into a computer database. This database maintains client information, animal identification, sample type, test requested and results, along with financial management of each account.

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Client communications and assistance. Clients, both national and international call daily with questions regarding IDL’s services. It is essential that IDL has a responsible and knowledgeable person to communicate with and assist clients.

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Miscellaneous laboratory tasks. Laboratory maintenance including cleaning, autoclaving, sample logging/disposal, and any additional tasks deemed necessary by the co-director or lab manager.

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Posted: 12/28/2019
Application Due: 6/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time