University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 92018



Working Title:
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor or Master degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Clinical Chemistry is required
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Bachelor¿s degree with at least 5 years of clinical chemistry or biochemistry laboratory working experience is required. Master¿s degree with at least 3 years of clinical chemistry or biochemistry laboratory working experience is required. Molecular working experience is required.
  Position Summary:
 This position performs screening tests to identify congenital disorders/conditions in newborns as part of Wisconsin's Newborn Screening Program. This position also provides technical assistant in researches and assay development as needed, The techniques relevant to this position include, but not limited to, enzymatic assays, molecular technologies and tandem mass spectrometry, with an emphasis in molecular technologies. In conjunction with other professionals in the program, this position also engages in reporting of screening test results.

The person in this position is expected to model and use the tools and principles of quality management in their daily work including: demonstrate exceptional professionalism by establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with directors, supervisors, coworkers, and all customers. The person must use effective team skills to contribute to the efficient operation of the work unit and the organization. Participation in continuous learning through professional development activities is also expected.
Principal duties:
70% Perform standard newborn screening testing for severe combined immunodeficiency, Pompe disease, cystic fibrosis, and other congenital diseases/conditions utilizing automated and manual techniques: Prepare samples, standards, and reagents needed for conducting screening tests. Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation used in screening tests. Acquire, organize, and record the data. Evaluate acceptability of results based on quality control/assurance parameters. Report testing results. Evaluate instruments. Generate and update relevant standard operation procedures. Participate in preparing CAP inspection.

20% Assay development and research activities: Develop and validate new assay/method, and conduct research experiments and data analysis. Provide assistant with preparation for scientific presentations and manuscripts.

10% Training activities: Provide bench level instruction to new employees and/or students. Assist in maintaining current and up-to-date standard operating procedures.
  Additional Information
 Knowledge of relevant scientific databases; Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analytical chemistry; Knowledge of basic molecular techniques; Knowledge of tandem mass spectrometry; Knowledge of enzymatic assays; Knowledge of immunoassays; Knowledge of basic quality control principles; Knowledge of method validation; Knowledge of mathematical functions and ratios; Knowledge of laboratory safety and handling of chemicals, biological samples and laboratory equipment; Knowledge of newborn screening blood collection techniques and precautions; Knowledge of computer operation principles; Use of quality principles and tools; Effective team skills; Effective customer service skills; Interpersonal skills; Ability to effectively teach and communicate with students and staff; Effective writing skills.

Weekend and holiday work, on a rotating basis, is required. Hours for this position are 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the employee must be able to perform the essential job functions as outlined in the position description with or without a reasonable accommodation.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $48,333 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:NOVEMBER 01, 2017
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: OCTOBER 04, 2017
To apply for this job, please upload a resume and cover letter (including title and Vacancy ID#). If you have questions, you may email or call Heather Sauer, 608-890-1152.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Heather Sauer
Phone: 608-890-1152
465 Henry Mall   
Fax: N/A
William D Stovall Hygiene Lab   
Madison, WI 53706-1501   
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 information. )

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NOTE: Please indicate in writing if you request that your identity be kept confidential. If you do not indicate your preference to remain confidential, the University may be required to disclose your identify and/or application materials. The identity of finalists and successful candidates will be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).  

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