Veterinary Research Specialist - Microbiology
University of Illinois

Urbana, Illinois

Veterinary Research Specialist - Microbiology

College of Veterinary Medicine - Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking a salaried Academic Professional technician in the Microbiology Section. This position will be responsible for day-to-day processing of the Veterinary Microbiology diagnostic samples. Other duties will focus on assisting with and/or overseeing the plating and broth inoculations from clinical specimens submitted to the Microbiology section and performing and reading the results of antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Opportunity for participating in research projects may be available, but limited. A Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or a related field is required with at least one year of related laboratory experience. Additional laboratory training in clinical microbiology is preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain inventory and place orders for both Dx Microbiology, Research, Vet courses and Food Safety program, including media, supplies, reagents, etc.
  • Participate in QA/QC of media. Maintain/Schedule equipment PM and records for AAVLD accreditation. Represent Dx Microbiology section on VDL computer committee. Represent Dx Microbiology section on VDL QA/QC committee. Assisting staff with for QA/QC record system and Laboratory Reporting System and other IT issues. QA Trainer Instructor duties.
  • Evaluation aerobic bacterial culture and fungal plates, isolate pathogens and perform bacterial and fungal identification & susceptibility testing.
  • Perform data and software management for daily operation lab equipment, including Sensititre, MALDI-TOF, Biomic, etc
  • Serve as principle contact for Dx Microbiology, fielding most of the phone calls from coordinators, receiving, office, clients, residents and students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology or a related field is required with a least one year of related laboratory experience. Division of Research Safety or equivalent training in general laboratory safety and understanding biosafety.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional lab training in clinical microbiology is preferred. Additional training in NIH Guidelines, Human Cell Lines and Materials, and other safety training is desirable.

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on October 6, 2022. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact April Edwards. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify .

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal , or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing .

Requisition ID: 1012406
Job Category: Research
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