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Microbiology Technologist

Employer
The University of Georgia
Location
Athens Area

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Posting Number:

S08426P

Working Title:

Microbiology Technologist

Department:

VetMed-Athens Diagnostic Lab

About the University of Georgia:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

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 (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 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.

College/Unit/Department website:

Vet.uga.edu/dlab

Posting Type:

External

Retirement Plan:

TRS

Employment Type:

Employee

Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. Occasional Saturday work may be required.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience

Posting Date:

05/04/2022

Open until filled:

No

Closing Date:

05/10/2022

Proposed Starting Date:

05/23/2022

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]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit https://coronavirus.uga.edu/executive-order/ or call (706) 542-2222.

Classification Title:

Laboratory Paraprofessional/Professional

FLSA:

Non-Exempt

Job Family:

Research And Lab

FTE:

1.00

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 technician is responsible for performing all Molecular Diagnostic test procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial, viral and fungal diseases of animals under supervision of Molecular section manager.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Quality assurance and quality control: consistent performance of duties; clear and organized procedures; prompt response to changes in protocol; clear, precise, and complete record keeping. Experience in a microbiology, medical technology, veterinary diagnostic, commercial or public health laboratory.

Computer knowledge and skills: Use of Excel, Word, and Adobe Acrobat.

Organizational skills: Time management, labelling
Personnel skills: interaction with others of varying beliefs and cultures, effective communication regarding matters of the workplace
Technical laboratory knowledge and skills: pipetting, autoclaving, handling of bacterial cultures, biosafety, chemical handling safety, aseptic technique, knowledge of molecular techniques such as polymerase chain reaction and the running/interpretation of gels

Physical Demands:

Manual dexterity
Lift up to 50 lbs.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?:

No

Is this a Position of Trust?:

Yes

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?:

No

Does this position require a P-Card? :

No

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :

No

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

No

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

Yes

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.

Duties/Responsibilities:

Perform Molecular Diagnostic test procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial, viral and fungal diseases of animals.

Primary Responsibility- Plan and coordinate PCR testing
Prepare paper documentation and coordinate equipment usage to run PCR test requests.
Delegate PCR tasks to ensure all tests are completed on time
Daily pull primers and PAC for upcoming tests
Set up and run the various PCR master mix reactions.
Maintain accurate and up to date records of reagents lots, and controls for quality assurance.
Monitor levels of PAC and primer stock solutions. Ensure that new lots or batches are prepared before depletion. Bac-MD020, Bac-MD125.
Sample Set up
Evaluate submission forms to determine the appropriate tests for each specimen. Includes Bacteriology, Mycology, and Molecular- Bac-D015.cv
Set up the specimen on the appropriate test media. Bac-C099.cv, Bac-MD010.cv, WI-Bac004.cv
Prepare cytospins for Gram stains.Bac-St105.cv
Perform Molecular extraction procedures
Review submission forms and prepare all specimens for the appropriate nucleic acid extraction procedure. Bac-MD010
Prepare all documentation of extraction processes and perform extraction either manually or using robotic equipment. Bac-MD040, MD070, MD060
Use spectrophotometer to assess sample quality. Bac-MD095
Run IC PCR. Bac-MD201

Percentage of time:

85

Duties/Responsibilities:

Quality Control

Prepare and validate new lots and batches of the positive amplification controls used in the molecular testing of microorganisms
Record and reconstitute new lots of primers. Run PCR on these primers with the appropriate
PAC to ensure they are working correctly. Update the L: drive PCR worksheets to reflect lot
or batch number changes
Document all results as described in SOP Bac-MD0125- Requires sign off by supervisor

Percentage of time:

5

Duties/Responsibilities:

Interpret results and provide consultation to clients

Review all controls to verify valid interpretation of PCR results. Bac-MD201
When necessary, consult with submitting veterinarians, attending pathologists, clinicians and other interested parties regarding the submission of specimens, appropriateness of tests and interpretation of results

Sequencing- Performed on an as needed

Prepare and run PCR on samples using the appropriate primer set.

Perform clean up procedure. Prepare paperwork and submit to sequencing facility.
Analyze data and perform BLAST search. File all data digitally and submit to supervisor for final approval. Bac-MD 210

Percentage of time:

5

Duties/Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned

Participate in all proficiency tests administered by Federal agencies including, but not limited to Foot and Mouth Disease, Classic Swine Fever, Avian Influenza, Swine Influenza and Exotic Newcastle disease
Read SOPs and perform proficiency test panels according to the protocol described
SOP-AV-0068, WI-AV-0038, WI-AV-0039, WI-AV-0050, DS-0074, DS-080, WI-RVS-003

Special projects as they arise.
Perform Extractions and PCR for COVID-19 diagnostic testing on human specimens as part of the University Surveillance Program.

Percentage of time:

5

Contact Details:

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name:

Amy McKinney

Recruitment Contact Email:

[email protected]

Recruitment Contact Phone:

706-542-5568

Organization

The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

Find Us
Telephone
706-542-3000
Location
215 S. Jackson St.
Athens
Georgia
30602
United States
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