Environmental Lab Analyst

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 24003128

The State Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville is looking for an Environmental Laboratory Analyst (PHB1). This position will perform routine and non-routine environmental microbiology testing on water, sludge, food, and environmental surface samples using approved methods, including appropriate quality control measures and documentation. Answer general inquiries from various individuals and county health department personnel regarding water test results, sample collection procedures, etc.

FBI Clearance will be applied for this individual.

Travel required. Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record to pass UI Fleet Services and Risk Management protocols.

Shift: Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Holiday, rotating weekend hours, and on-call coverage is required.

Work Location: Coralville, IA

Work Modality: On-site

Position Status: 2 Year Specified Term

For a full job description, please send an e-mail to the contact listed below.

About the State Hygienic Laboratory
The s main facilities are headquartered on the U niversity of Iowa's Research Park campus northwest of Iowa City in Coralville. Additional testing facilities are part of the Iowa Laboratory Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb.

Since 1904, the State Hygienic Laboratory has been at the forefront of public health issues in Iowa. As the state’s public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa’s 99 counties through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.


Education or Equivalency Required
A bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Medical Technology or related biological science field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrate (typically 6 months) of experience preparing and analyzing routine bacteriology testing on water or food samples using various standardized procedures, principles, concepts, and theories including quality control; or applicable laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrate (typically 6 months), of documenting, review and release of routine data and reports, after a review of results and of quality control.
  • Demonstrate good teamwork and interpersonal skills, including relationship management within the unit and outside the immediate work unit.
  • Ability to work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate basic math, computer, and Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Experience pipetting in a laboratory setting.
  • Possession of a valid state or commercial driver's license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Environmental Microbiology sample testing (coliform bacteria in water; food pathogen analysis) and interpretations which include acceptance and holding times, dilution schemes, test performance characteristics, appropriate quality control, completion, and release of results.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in bacterial culture and isolation techniques.
  • Experience using molecular techniques such as RT-PCR and/or DNA sequencing.
  • Experience in microscopy.

Position and Application Details and Instructions:
Include your driver’s license information as a certification under the license and certifications section.

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following required documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check, credential/education verification, verification of a valid state or commercial driver’s license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Job ID: 98216

Posted 13 days ago

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