Bacteriology Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

It is the mission of the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory system to provide timely, accurate and pertinent animal disease diagnostic services and educational outreach to veterinarians, animal industries and animal interests. The Diagnostic Lab will strive to meet the goals of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences and the University through research to develop new approaches to disease identification, investigation, prevention and through education of professional veterinary medical, graduate and post-doctoral students.

Position Summary

This position will provide laboratory support and laboratory technical services to the Bacteriology section of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. This position will assist with Bacteriology section functions and diagnostic testing. This position will coordinate activities of the prep (autoclave) room and coordinate media/reagent preparation.

Required Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology or related scientific field or general bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 2 years experience in diagnostics, preferably in a veterinary laboratory or veterinary hospital, is required.

The applicant should be responsible and able to work in a team environment. This position will be full-time with a normal work week beginning on Tuesday and continuing through Saturday. Schedule may change to a Monday through Friday schedule, depending on case workload and section functionality. This position will be required to work some holidays, based on unit holiday staffing needs. This position may also be required to occasionally work after-hours (night, weekend) due to emergency diagnostic testing needs.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include experience in a bacteriology laboratory and knowledge of basic bacteriology procedures, including how to make media, streak plates and set up samples for bacteriology culture.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Bacteriology Laboratory Responsibilities Duty/Responsibility

  • Set up samples for bacteriology testing, including reviewing accessions, preparing/handling diagnostic samples and general sample processing (ex – plating on the appropriate media)
  • Assist with bacteriology serology testing and serve as primary backup
  • Assist with bacteriology culture procedures as needed and serve as a backup (ex – streaking plates, work with laboratory technicians to perform testing protocols such as bacterial culture and susceptibility)
  • Use diagnostic equipment as part of sample testing, including processing samples using the MALDI-TOF and VITEK instruments
  • Properly incubate samples/media
  • Organize sample paperwork and report results as directed by laboratory technicians or section head
  • Organize, maintain and prepare all bacteriology laboratory supplies
  • Ensure quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of all reagents, media and equipment for the laboratory. Document all QA/QC work performed.
  • Maintain appropriate records, including diagnostic testing and QA/QC records
  • Provide input on standard operating procedures, write basic SOPs for the laboratory, with section head guidance
  • Effectively communicate with supervisors and coworkers regarding activities and other issues important to the successful completion of activities.

Percentage Of Time 75 Job Duty Category Prep (Autoclave) Room Responsibilities Duty/Responsibility

  • Organizing the prep room and maintaining a clean environment
  • Autoclaving trash and biological waste for the VDL and other South Campus submitters.
  • Preparing and autoclaving supplies, media, reagents, etc, as needed by the VDL laboratory sections
  • Washing glassware/utensils/supplies for all lab sections and prepare for final usage
  • Perform QA/QC procedures on media and reagents and document work performed
  • Maintain supply inventory for media/reagent preparation and prep room activities
  • Outside client purchasing/utilization- responsible for preparation and charging of outside client requests
  • Maintenance of all logs associated with proper function of the laboratory
  • Maintenance of autoclave and dishwasher, including verification of working status and arranging repairs as necessary
  • Work with section head and laboratory staff on standard operating procedures

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Bacteriology Laboratory Quality Control Responsibilities Duty/Responsibility

  • Temperature and alarm checks for environmental chambers, incubators and other laboratory equipment
  • Maintenance of logs associated with proper functioning of the laboratory and laboratory equipment
  • Eyewash and shower station testing and records keeping
  • Maintenance of CO2 incubators, monitoring of CO2 levels
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Maintain adequate inventory of supplies that are routinely used in the bacteriology lab, continually evaluate mechanisms for cost savings in purchased supplies

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience, including any laboratory and/or veterinary diagnostic experience you may have, and include the names and contact information for three references. Unofficial Transcripts are optional and can be submitted with resume and cover letter.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., On-call Status - In the event of an emergency is declared by the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Director, needed to meet NAHLN requirements, overtime work or work outside normal operating hours will be required.

Search Contact Kristy Pabilonia/297-4109

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.