Fish Health Microbiologist-Utah

Utah Division of Wildlife
Logan, Utah
Job Category
Full time Positions
$21.43 - $26.45 Hourly
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Please apply online at Job title: Bacteriologist Are you seeking an exciting opportunity to provide laboratory services to Utah's fish health programs? If so, the Fisheries Experiment Station (FES) is seeking a Microbiologist/Bacteriologist to perform laboratory work and assist with annual fish health inspections and laboratory analysis for State hatcheries and managed waters. This is an exciting opportunity that will allow you to work both in the field and in the laboratory. The salary offered for this position will be between $21.43 - $26.45 per hour for new employees. For current state employees, DHRM Rules and agency/division policy will determine the starting salary. Principal Duties As the Bacteriologist, you will: -assist in planning, scheduling and performing fish health inspections in accordance with Utah's Fish Health Policy. -perform animal dissection (necropsies) and prepare specimens for laboratory analysis. -collect tissues and oversee transport of biological samples for processing. -use various techniques to analyze and identify fish pathogens. -maintain quality control and report laboratory findings timely. -participate in meetings and continuing education pertaining to fisheries, fish health and laboratory techniques. -participate in fish health related research as needed. -maintain and develop SOP's.
The ideal candidate for this position has: -a Bachelor's or higher degree in Fish Health, Natural Resources, Microbiology, Fisheries Biology, Wildlife, biological sciences or directly related field of study with general coursework in virology, microbiology, chemistry, bacteriology, parasitology and/or molecular biology. -laboratory experience. -the ability to perform fieldwork and collect samples. -the ability to obtain an Aquatic Animal Health Inspector Certification within 18 months of hire. Typical qualifications: (includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position) -knowledge of fish anatomy and necropsy procedures -knowledge of bacterial culture, DFAT analysis, API methods, reagent and media preparation, and antibiotic sensitivity testing -knowledge of general microbiological methods -knowledge of cell maintenance procedures, aseptic technique, cell culture methods, head defleshing, PTD, parasitology and pathogen identification -knowledge of Qiagen extraction methods, nucleic acid enumeration, PCR, qPCR methods and troubleshooting -computer proficiency, experience using MS Word and Excel
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