$46,556 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
This is a Microbiologist position within the Molecular section of
the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Major
responsibilities for this position will include: utilize automated
technology, isolate nucleic acid, perform real-time PCR assays,
perform conventional PCR, prepare samples for sequencing, utilize
specific QC measures to limit contamination; receive diagnostic
specimens for molecular testing and maintain records; process
molecular samples including: homogenizing and/or soaking samples,
pooling samples when requested, semen sample processing; prepares
media; consult case coordinators or pathologists as needed
regarding testing requests; maintain proficiency in molecular
diagnostics according to quality program guidelines.
Diagnostic microbiology has a major impact on animal health,
disease prevention and control, and treatment methods. The WVDL's
mission is to promote animal and human health and the vitality of
the state and national agricultural economy through the delivery of
high-quality veterinary diagnostics and exemplary customer service.
This diagnostic microbiologist position is a hands-on opportunity
to contribute to that mission.
Performs testing services within a microbiology laboratory
including human, animal, and plant diagnostics, surveillance,
screening, environmental monitoring, and forensic science to report
clear and concise testing results.
- 35% Performs, interprets, and reports microbiological tests or
assays for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of illnesses or
determine sources of contamination in the environment
- 30% Prepares specimens for scientific examination and analysis
and/or prepares the laboratory for accreditation
- 5% Conducts biological research experiments employing quality
control and quality assurance practices and adhering to regulatory
standards and requirements
- 5% Operates and maintains laboratory instrumentation and
information management systems
- 15% Prepares, reviews, verifies, and reports test result
- 5% Communicates with internal and external stakeholders as
- 5% Supports and/or trains new employees, students, and other
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
- Utilize automated technology, isolate nucleic acid, perform
real-time PCR assays, perform conventional PCR, prepare samples for
sequencing, utilize specific QC measures to limit
- Maintain proficiency in molecular diagnostics according to
quality program guidelines.
- Participate in the NAHLN testing program, maintain proficiency
by passing annual testing requirements, complete molecular testing
on a rotational basis, respond to foreign animal outbreaks as
- Receive diagnostic specimens for molecular testing and maintain
records. Process molecular samples including: homogenizing and/or
soaking samples, pooling samples when requested, semen sample
- Consult case coordinators or pathologists as needed regarding
- Maintain clean workspace, provide guidance to ensure work
duties are covered in lab, provide technical advice and training,
prepare sample for referrals, serve on committees.
- Participate in section specific programs such as oligo
preparation, assay control, media and mastermix preparation,
reagent qualification programs, cost accounting.
- Perform section wide duties as required such as: prepare media,
maintain QC records, perform autoclave, maintain media clean room
status, ensure adequate reagent and consumable supply.
- Comply with WVDL safety and quality requirements (see Quality
and Safety manuals).
- Assist investigations into new equipment and technologies and
make recommendations on assay improvements as well as troubleshoot
procedures as needed.
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
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
A bachelor's degree in biology, microbiology, or other related
scientific discipline is strongly preferred.
Minimum of 5 years of professional or research experience in a
laboratory environment is preferred.
UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety
protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain
subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-5086
. Please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu
for the most up-to-date information.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed
in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
How to Apply:
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 August 1, 2022.
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
To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received by
no later than 11:55pm CDT, on the assured consideration date.
Please submit a resume, cover letter and a list of three
professional references including one current or recent
Review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline for
assuring full consideration is July 17, 2022.
NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in your online
application, information regarding the names of applicants must be
released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed
Special Note: UW-Madison conducts criminal background checks for
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
UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We
promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified
individuals to apply.
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
A882420-WIS VET DIAGNOSTIC LAB/MSN/VIROLOGY/MOLECULAR
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
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
Applications Open: Jul 1 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jul 17 2022 11:55 PM Central Daylight