Job description


Job no: 226900-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center is recruiting individuals to develop a SARS-CoV-2 surveillance testing service for the UW-Madison campus. This position will function with a team of microbiologists performing evaluations of potential SARS-CoV-2 tests, optimizing sample accessioning, tracking, and reporting procedures, and writing SOPs for deployment on human samples in a high-throughput, surveillance testing environment. Duties of the positions include, but are not limited to, specimen processing, reagent preparation, nucleic acid extraction, PCR, data analysis, releasing results, troubleshooting, instrument maintenance, inventory, workspace and equipment cleaning and decontamination, specimen storage and disposal.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or medical technology from an accredited institution is required. Bachelor's degree in a biological or medical life sciences discipline preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

College laboratory course work in bacteriology, microbiology, virology, and/or immunology is required. Experience performing PCR is preferred. Prior experience in a high-throughput environment is preferred. Prior experience in a diagnostic or clinical laboratory is preferred.

Additional Information:

Core work hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm with ability to flex start/end times up to 1 hour (for an 8- hour day), Monday through Friday, or Tuesday through Saturday.

This may become a split shift position. Some Saturday hours may be required.

An official transcript will be required prior to an offer of employment. (Applications with degrees from foreign institutions must have 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).

The employee must be able to successfully pass a medical evaluation for respirator use and possibly a respirator fit test.

Individuals working with positive specimens for SARS-CoV-2 virus testing will be required to monitor themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms and attest to the lab supervisor/PI daily that they are symptom-free.

This position is a fixed term terminal Academic Staff appointment for one year, with the possibility of renewal.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 12 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


Minimum $44,748 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Begin the online application process by clicking the "Apply now" button. Applicants are asked to upload a cover letter outlining your experience as related to the position, a current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, and three professional references. You will be directed to a reference form within the application.


Emily Baer
[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. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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.

Applications Open: Sep 4 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close:Sep 18 2020 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time




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Posted: 9/9/2020
Application Due: 9/18/2020
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