University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 226967

Position Summary:
The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) is a high volume diagnostic laboratory located on the University of Wisconsin campus that provides a broad range of veterinary diagnostic testing services to approximately 2,500 clients.

This is an Associate Microbiologist-Terminal position that will work in Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) lab at the WVDL. The work will involve multiple aspects of TSE diagnostics including performing sample collection and preparation; testing with TSE plate assays and performing specialized test procedures to analyze specimens for the presence of prion pathogens. Familiarity and experience with tissue handling and preparation techniques, ELISA procedures, histotechnology and immunohistochemistry are highly valued. Specific experience with TSE testing is also a plus.

This position reports to the Pathology Sciences Supervisor.

Principal duties:
Performance of specialized test procedures. 70%
Organize and prepare samples and required work logs prior to test set-up.
Coordinate and perform Immunohistochemistry and TSE screening ELISA.
Understand and utilize proper techniques appropriate for the tissue to produce sections (slides) for microscopic examination. This will include fixation, trimming, dehydration, embedding, and microtomy for complex staining procedures.

Performance of essential duties associated with TSE testing and program activities. 10%
Maintain records of testing through hard copy and computer files.
Perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment and calibrate instruments to assure accurate performance.

Performance of miscellaneous laboratory duties and maintenance of laboratory work areas. 10%
Decontaminate biohazardous waste by chemical digestion or incineration.
Maintain inventory of test kits, reagents and supplies used in the TSE laboratory and inform supervisor when supplies need to be ordered.
Maintain work area in a clean, orderly condition. Disinfect bench tops routinely.
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control 10%
Maintain quality control records, training logs and SOP's.
Complete work in compliance with the WVDL quality system policies and procedures.

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