Molecular Laboratory Technician

Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Posted
20 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2017
Ref
49925
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is an AAVLD-accredited, full-service laboratory and a core laboratory in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. The entire Diagnostic Laboratory system processes over 125,000 accessions annually, performing over 450,000 tests on more than 260,000 animals. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory system website is visible at: http://www.dlab.colostate.edu

The mission of Colorado State University Diagnostic Laboratories is to provide timely, accurate, and pertinent animal disease diagnostic services and educational outreach to veterinarians, animal industries, and animal interests. The CSUVDL also will strive to meet the goals of CVMBS (College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences), and the University by contributing to research to develop new approaches to disease identification, investigation, prevention, and by contributing to the education of professional veterinary medical undergraduate, and post-doctoral students.

Position Summary

This position works in the molecular diagnostics services (primarily PCR and sequencing) area of the VDL. The position is full-time with a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Additional weekend work may be required, based on case load and employee scheduling. On call hours are required for this position.

The position will work in both BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories. Work in the BSL3 laboratory will require Select Agent approval. Background checks and fingerprinting will be required to obtain this approval.

The incumbent will perform daily operations in the Molecular Diagnostics and BSL3 sections of the CSUVDL. This will include tasks such as preparation of reagents and controls stocks, maintenance of laboratory inventory, routine equipment preventive maintenance, performing daily DNA and RNA extractions from diagnostic cases, performing conventional and real-time PCR assays for infectious agents of veterinary medical importance and purifying post-PCR products for sequencing. The incumbent will also be responsible for reporting case results to clients via CSUVDL Laboratory Information Management System, communication with clients on case follow-up, working with the supervisor to resolve any non-compliant equipment or assay issues, training graduate students and residents on molecular diagnostic techniques and supervising other support staff and/or student workers.

The incumbent will participate in the CSUVDL quality control and various CSU safety programs. This will include performing daily, weekly, monthly and annual QA/QC on reagents and equipment, managing laboratory safety and hazardous waste and participating in frequent procedures and safety training.

The incumbent will also perform diagnostic real-time PCR assays for foreign animal and zoonotic diseases in the BSL3 section and is required to pass annual proficiency tests. Work in this section requires staff to obtain Select Agent Approval by the USDA/CDC through the CSU biosafety officers. This will require a background check and completion of frequent training modules on an ongoing basis.

The incumbent will work with the section supervisor to evaluate current protocols and develop and validate alternative/new PCR assays and other molecular biological techniques.

The incumbent will be expected to be dependable and responsible and is expected to work independently. The incumbent will be asked to make independent decisions on a daily basis. Examples of decision making processes include selection of appropriate diagnostic samples for testing, selection of appropriate diagnostic tests, interpretation of test results and decisions related to the organization and function of the laboratory.

The applicant should be responsible and able to work both independently and in a team environment. The applicant should be available for flexible work hours and work outside normal operating hours, especially during a laboratory response to a foreign animal disease outbreak or diagnosis of other important diagnostic cases. After hours work (early and late in the day), evenings and weekends may be required. More than 40 hours of work may be required some weeks, depending on case load, especially during an outbreak or export testing situation.

Required Job Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in microbiology or a related field and 3 years relevant laboratory-based experience with biological samples is required.

A Master’s degree in biological sciences may also substitute for the BS and experience.

Preferred Job Qualifications

The preferred candidate will be able to work in a BSL3 laboratory setting which requires use of personal protective equipment (ex – wearing an N-95 respiratory while performing laboratory work) and strict adherence to operating procedures.

A preferred candidate will have experience with molecular techniques (PCR, qPCR, sequencing)

The preferred candidate will demonstrate knowledge of veterinary-specific laboratory diagnostics.

Previous experience with quality assurance/quality control programs is desired.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Daily Operations Duty/Responsibility

The incumbent will perform daily operations in the Molecular Diagnostics section of the CSUVDL. This will include tasks such as preparation of reagents and control stocks, maintenance of and ordering laboratory inventory, performing daily DNA and RNA extractions from diagnostic cases, performing conventional and real-time PCR assays for infectious agents of veterinary medical importance and purifying post-PCR products for sequencing. The incumbent will also be responsible for reporting case results to clients via the CSUVDL Laboratory Information Management System, communicating with clients on case follow-up, working with the supervisor to resolve any non-compliant equipment or assay issues, training graduate students and residents on molecular diagnostic techniques and supervising other support staff and/or student workers.

Percentage Of Time 70 Job Duty Category Quality Control Duty/Responsibility

The incumbent will participate in the CSUVDL quality control and various CSU safety programs. This will include performing daily, weekly, monthly and annual QA/QC on reagents and equipment, managing laboratory safety and hazardous waste and participating in frequent procedures and safety training.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category PCR Duty/Responsibility

The incumbent will also perform diagnostic real-time PCR assays for foreign animal and zoonotic diseases in the BSL3 section and is required to pass annual proficiency tests. Work in this section requires staff to obtain Select Agent Approval by the USDA/CDC through the CSU biosafety officers. This will require a background check and completion of frequent training modules on an ongoing basis.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Administrative Duty/Responsibility

The incumbent will work with the section supervisor to evaluate current protocols and develop and validate alternative/new PCR assays and other molecular biological techniques.

The incumbent will be expected to be dependable and responsible and is expected to work independently. The incumbent will be asked to make independent decisions on a daily basis. Examples of decision making processes include selection of appropriate diagnostic samples for testing, selection of appropriate diagnostic tests, interpretation of test results and decisions related to the organization and function of the laboratory.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete.

Conditions of Employment

Search Contact Kristy Pabilonia, Kristy.Pabilonia@colostate.edu 970-4109

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.