University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 225453

Position Summary:
The incumbent performs and interprets the results of routine and non-routine microbiological analyses of drinking waters, as well as lakes, streams and river samples to benefit water quality and protect public health. The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) is part of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. WSLH serves as the public, environmental and occupational health laboratory for the State of Wisconsin. This position functions in the Environmental Health Division in the Water Microbiology Unit. In addition to conducting analyses, the incumbent performs and reviews the quality control and quality assurance testing to assure accuracy of analytical results and to ensure compliance with certifying agencies.

Principal duties:
A. 65% Perform microbiological analyses on routine and non-routine samples

The incumbent will perform routine and complex procedures in the Water Microbiology Unit. Routine analyses will be performed for the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act such as total coliform/E. coli and enterococci by enzymatic methods. Non-routine analyses will be performed such as culture techniques, qPCR, microscopic methods, MALDI and pathogenic microbial organism identification and/or quantification possibly including cryptosporidium and giardia. Samples will be tracked and results recorded and reported using the laboratory information management system (LIMS). This position will also train new staff on laboratory procedures as needed as well as communicate with customers regarding test results.

B. 10% Generate and review data for monitoring quality assurance functions of the Water Microbiology Unit

Verify daily quality control records are complete and in a format acceptable to the certifying agencies (EPA, DATCP). Perform complex quality control tests (i.e., inhibitory residue test and t-tests). Maintain standard operating procedure manuals for all quality assurance functions. Evaluate existing protocols and updates on an annual basis

C. 25% Assist and support Flow Cytometry program and research projects in the Water Microbiology Unit

Prepare microscope slides and proficiency samples for the Flow Cytometry Proficiency Testing program. Perform duties related to the preparation of Cryptosporidium and Giardia standards for an ISO 17043-accredited proficiency testing program and for laboratories needing QC for other testing applications. Assist on research or special projects as needed in the water microbiology unit.

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