Laboratory Technician III

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Laboratory Technician III


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.

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Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday – Friday 40.00 hrs per week

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled:


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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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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 technical position in the Infectious Diseases Laboratory (IDL) in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine. There are a number of techniques used in this position; however, good general lab techniques and a willingness to learn new techniques are important. The lab procedures used in the IDL are those commonly used in immunology and molecular biology. This position will entails nucleic acid purification, amplification and running polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests using a thermocycler and agarose gel and also real-time PCR. The primary techniques are serology, antigen/antibody based detection assays such as virus neutralization, ELISA, direct and indirect fluorescent antibody tests The use of aseptic techniques for sample handling, tissue culture and bacteria culture are necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Well organized with absolute attention to detail. Willing to perform scientific bench work. Knowledge of sterile technique as it applies to the job. Some experience working with Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel.

Physical Demands:

Sit for long periods of time and repetitive hand movement (ex. pipetting, writing, computer typing)

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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. 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. It is imperative that this individual have a working knowledge and ability to troubleshoot PCR tests. Additionally, an interest in learning new techniques, such as serologic assay, is desired.

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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. Answer office phone and/or emails and give requested information, forward calls/email to the appropriate staff member and /or take messages as necessary.

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

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Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 5/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time