Researcher II: Microbiologist – Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI)

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Researcher II, RE041, Academic Staff, Renewable, 100%, 12-month Appointment, 1 Vacancy


Provides research expertise to fundamental and applied scientific research and solves problems in research development and applications to support the advancement of research. Serves as a microbiologist for the Lake Superior Research Institute’s (LSRI) Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC) program and other projects.

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  • Bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus in environmental microbiology or a closely related field.
  • Experience utilizing aseptic techniques in a microbial lab setting.
  • Experience calibrating, verifying, and maintaining laboratory equipment (e.g. balances, pipettes, biosafety cabinet).
  • Experience implementing quality assurance/quality control strategies (sterility checks, media checks, positive and negative controls, blanks, duplicates, etc.)
  • Experience independently collecting, preparing, and analyzing water samples using various microbial techniques (e.g. IDEXX™ Quanti-Tray, agar spread plates, spectrophotometer).
  • Experience operating and conducting routine maintenance on instrumentation such as: balances, pipettes, laminar flow hood, etc.
  • Valid Driver’s License.


  • Master’s Degree in microbiology or closely related field (e.g., environmental microbiology).
  • 3 years of post-degree research experience (e.g., aquatic environmental microbiology).
  • Experience drafting standard operating procedures (SOPs) and test plans.
  • Experience with technical audits.
  • Experience working with agencies on certification and compliance for a microbiology laboratory.
  • Experience maintaining thorough, well-organized written and electronic records.
  • Experience proofing and summarizing data.
  • Experience as the lead author for technical reports.
  • Experience as lead or co-author on a research grant or contract.


  • Skilled in preparing and conducting microbial analysis of water samples (i.e., fecal indicators, heterotrophic bacteria counts, membrane filtration, epifluorescence microscopy).
  • Skilled in data quality management.
  • Knowledge and ability to collect and prepare water samples in the field for microbial analysis.
  • Skilled in laboratory management (e.g., ordering equipment and chemicals, management of chemical waste, disposal of hazardous waste).
  • Ability to problem solve and balance multiple priorities.
  • Knowledge of basic statistical methods and analysis for assessing trends and relationships.
  • Ability to lead development and design of applied research to expand capabilities in the microbiology laboratory, including identifying objectives, methods, schedules, budgets, and staffing needs.
  • Knowledge and ability to collaborate with diverse groups (e.g., co-workers, student employees, researchers, stakeholders, agency staff, etc.).
  • Ability to comfortably communicate at a professional level with diverse audiences (e.g., colleagues, students, researchers, stakeholders).
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and adapt to rapidly changing situations (e.g., schedules, weather, research objectives, etc.).
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with team members to meet projected deadlines.
  • Skilled in word processing and use of spreadsheets to enter, manipulate and report data.
  • Knowledge of aquatic nuisance species.
  • Ability to train and mentor staff and student employees.
  • Ability to work outdoors in a wide variety of weather conditions.
  • Given training and necessary safety equipment, ability to work in an industrial setting (i.e., on a large ship with tight quarters, variety of climates, loud noises).
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs. and climb steep stairs while carrying sampling equipment.
  • Candidate must be willing and able to travel. This position will require regional and international travel to collect and analyze samples. Trips may be 8 hours to 1 week in duration.
  • Able and willing to work occasional weekends and nights.
  • Ability to operate a state vehicle per state regulations within six months of start date.
  • Able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and passport.
  • Willingness to serve the mission of UWS and LSRI by being a representative at activities such as Science Fest, or Campus Preview Days.


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Salary range for this position is: $50,000 – $60,000 annually.  Specific benefit information can be found here. A snap-shot of benefits offered for this position include:

Paid Time Off Per Year:

  • 176 hours of Vacation
  • 36 hours of Personal
  • 96 hours of Sick Leave
  • 9 legal holidays

State Group Health Insurance Plans:

  • Health Plan, High Deductible, or Access Plans available
  • Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts

Access to Additional Insurance:

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life
  • Income Continuation

Retirement Plans Through Wisconsin Retirement System:

  • 6.80% contribution with employer match
  • Vested at 5 years (must meet eligibility requirements)

Other Benefits


Review of all complete applications will commence 8:00 AM October 2, 2023. In the event this search is extended for any reason, applications submitted after this date will be considered. Once an applicant applies, profile information remains in UW-Superior’s Talent Management System for future submissions.

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter highlighting how you meet the qualification and Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as listed in the Position Description
  3. Contact Information for three (3) Professional References
  4. Unofficial transcripts of all degrees earned

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