Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 232415-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Barron
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Management/Supervisory, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) is a high volume laboratory that provides a broad range of veterinary diagnostic testing services to approximately 2,500 clients. The principal objective is to provide animal disease testing services to veterinarians across the State of Wisconsin and the country.

The WVDL works closely with an array of professional entities including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections, Division of Animal Health (DATCP); the National Wildlife Health Center (USGS); the Division of Public Health of the Department of Health Services (DHS); the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR): the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH); the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM); the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD); and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA). These alliances provide for cooperation and information transfer as each organization pursues its mission. The WVDL is a National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Core Laboratory and therefore is a part of our national defense against livestock disease disasters. A significant part of WVDL's work involves surveillance testing for the USDA and DATCP, as well as extensive testing for the national livestock genetics industry, much of which is located in Wisconsin. In addition, testing is performed in support of Wisconsin's fish industry. The WVDL has laboratories located in Madison and Barron, Wisconsin.

This position is responsible for the overall management and operation of the technical work units (bacteriology, necropsy support and serology) of the Barron laboratory. Tasks include: 1) supervision of microbiologists and technical support staff, 2) organizing and leading Barron staff meetings, 3) planning and control of unit resources to ensure laboratory services of the highest quality are provided to meet the needs of our customers, and 4) working cooperatively with other key managers/supervisors in the WVDL. Additionally, the position participates in the WVDL management group, professional development activities, and the promotion of Quality Control/Quality Assurance practices. This position reports to the Section Head of Microbiology located in the Madison laboratory. The supervisor also consults and may receive direction from Pathology/Toxicology DVM staff and the Section Head of Virology.

The incumbent must be familiar with some if not all of these subsections of microbiology: bacteriology, serology and other microbiological diagnostic techniques.

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 required, preferably in microbiology, molecular biology or biochemistry or related field of biological sciences.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

At least three years of experience working in a laboratory setting. For consideration at the Senior Microbiologist title, seven or more years of professional experience plus demonstrated advanced knowledge and skills including developing new approaches, methods or techniques in their field. General supervisor or leadership experience preferred in addition to the following knowledge and skills:

- Expertise in serological and/or bacteriology diagnostics, veterinary preferred
- Considerable ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Considerable knowledge and skills with computers including Microsoft Office Suite
- Considerable knowledge and ability to organize work, multitask and analyze reports
- Ability to work as a team member and maintain effective working relationships
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to mentor
- Working knowledge of laboratory practices and procedures necessary to plan, implement, and coordinate a variety of tests
- Knowledge of record keeping
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and demonstrated ability to develop, implement and troubleshoot diagnostic tests
- Knowledge and understanding of aseptic technique
- Knowledge and understanding of laboratory safety techniques and safety precautions when handling hazardous chemicals or pathogenic organisms
- Understanding and application of quality assurance procedures
- Knowledge of supervisory techniques and practices
- Knowledge of program planning and evaluation
- Effective research and analytical skills



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Salary will be assigned within the appropriate range, commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also included. Anticipated start date on or after April 12, 2021. Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received by no later than 11:55pm CDT, on the assured consideration date. Please submit a resume, a cover letter describing your qualifications and a list of three professional references including one current or recent supervisor.

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in your online application, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

Special Note: UW-Madison conducts criminal background checks for final candidate(s).

The WVDL is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect, integrity, trust and accountability where employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. The WVDL believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a lab, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We strive for continuous improvement by setting our goals high and expecting high standards using our core values.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


Nicole Aulik
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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. 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).

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Applications Open: Mar 19 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Apr 16 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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