University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 96734



Working Title:
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Ph.D. in Microbiology, Bacteriology, Virology, Bioinformatics, or Public Health required.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
A minimum of 1-2 years of experience in a clinical or public health laboratory. Experience in next generation sequencing (NGS) methods and bioinformatics analyses as applied primarily to infectious diseases. Experience in the development of bioinformatics pipeline design and implementation. Experience with distributed architecture systems and cloud computing including Amazon Web Services. Experience working with Docker and container orchestration. Experience with version control. Experience in at least Python, bash, and 1 other programming or scripting language (e.g. C++, GO, Perl). Experience teaching and mentoring at the university level. Experience in web services development and database design/administration preferred. Knowledge of public health and clinical laboratory regulatory practices (College of American Pathologists / Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) preferred. Knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Knowledgeable of biological and chemical laboratory safety practices.
Principal duties:
Serve as a technical expert for genomic sequencing and analysis within the Communicable Disease Division (CDD). Develop and implement new analysis methods and protocols, incorporating Quality Assurance (QA) monitors and practices.

Participate with other CDD Directors, managers, technical staff and Wisconsin Division of Public Health (WDPH) epidemiologists in the analysis and interpretation of NGS data as is relates to public health response planning and outbreak response to infectious diseases of public health importance.

Direct and oversee the development, evaluation and implementation of new analysis methodologies within the CDD with particular emphasis on newly emergent and re-emerging pathogens of public health importance. Participate in new molecular diagnostic method validation and verification studies.

Direct and oversee the development of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) as a regional center for bioinformatics expertise to support other state and local public health agencies and laboratories.

Oversee and collaborate with laboratory staff, public health and clinical laboratory partners, and university academics to carry out studies that advance the WSLH mission. Collate and analyze data. Prepare written reports and publish data in peer-reviewed journals.

Present information at statewide, regional and national meetings of clinical and public health personnel.

Prepare and deliver lectures and presentations to varied clinical and public health audiences as assigned. Represent the WSLH in state and national planning efforts.

Write proposals to secure funding for research or to support existing unit capabilities through cooperative agreements with the CDC and other funding sources. This will include renewals on existing cooperative agreements in advanced molecular detection. Write and submit progress reports and publish results of funded research.

Attend organizational/division-wide strategic leadership meetings to provide context for leading technical development within the CDD and WSLH.

Assist with staff recruitments as needed.

Other duties as assigned.
  Additional Information
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 $80,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:JANUARY 07, 2019
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: DECEMBER 18, 2018
To apply for this job, please upload a resume and cover letter (including Title and Vacancy ID#). If you have questions, you may e-mail or call Anne Brutosky at 608-262-4887.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Anne Brutosky
Phone: 608-262-4887
465 Henry Mall   
Fax: N/A
Stovall Building, William D   
Madison, WI 53706-1501   
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NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

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