Job no: 236386-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

This is a 1-2 year research project at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL). The WVDL has long performed diagnostic testing for the bovine genetics industry and is starting to research the use of antibiotics in the extender that is used to preserve semen. This research project is directed at the control of Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Leptospira, Campylobacter fetus subspecies venerealis and Histophilus somni by the antibiotic cocktail used in semen. The bacteriostatic and bactericidal effect has been reduced between the past two decades indicating a possible reduction in the effectiveness of the antibiotic cocktail in controlling Mycoplasma bovis and M. bovigenitalium. These data suggest further research is needed to establish the bacteriostatic and bactericidal effect of the current antibiotic cocktail as well as further research into other antibiotic combinations that could be used to control these pathogens in extended bovine semen. This project will be used to guide the direction of the industry.

This position will also spend some time working at the WVDL Bacteriology section performing diagnostic work.

This position will report to the Microbiology Section Head and will present research findings to the research project funder, Dr. Rory Meyer at the National Association of Animal Breeders Certified Semen Services (NAAB/CSS).

Position Duties:

List of Duties

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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.

Additional Information:

This position is expected to be temporary and end on July 5, 2022; however, there is a possibility of extension based on funding availability, program need, and performance.



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 $45,643 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 July 6, 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.


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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

Job Number:


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Applications Open: Jun 18 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jul 2 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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