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Microbiologist - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - La Verne, CA


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Company: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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This position is responsible for laboratory activities related to pathogen detection, cyanotoxin monitoring, and support for Metropolitan's Quagga Mussel Control Program.

This position will develop, optimize, and implement pathogen detection methods for untreated source waters and determine pathogen removal performance as part of Metropolitan's Regional Recycled Water Program. The position also conducts routine cyanotoxin analyses by ELISA and applied research to develop and evaluate new monitoring methods. Duties include, but are not limited to the following: process pathogen samples, including analyses for viruses, Cryptosporidium and Giardia; develop and evaluate improved pathogen detection methods for water reuse applications; process routine cyanotoxin samples within SOP-mandated time frames; develop and evaluate improved cyanotoxin detection methods; perform quality control review of invasive quagga mussel monitoring data and reports; analyze and interpret data; prepare technical reports; develop project-related quality assurance and quality control procedures and ensure compliance; and maintain service contracts for essential maintenance of laboratory equipment.

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.
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EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years relevant experience; a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two years relevant experience.

Relevant experience is defined as and includes: experience as an academic laboratory assistant or research assistant; laboratory work in environmental microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry or environmental science projects; detection of waterborne pathogens, including bacteria, parasites and viruses; identifying invasive mussels or other aquatic organisms; various types of microscopy; mammalian cell culture; molecular detection and characterization of environmental microorganisms; and detection of cyanotoxins.

Related degree is defined as: microbiology or a related biological, environmental or physical sciences field.


CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
License(s): Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.


JOB-RELATED SELECTION CRITERIA
15% Job Preparation (education, training and experience relevant to the position)
30% Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities that includes: waterborne pathogen detection and characterization, aseptic technique, microscopy, molecular biology, culture techniques, operation of standard laboratory equipment, use of autoclaves, principles of preparing solutions and reagents, and pathogen precautions.
10% Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
10% Laboratory Safety Awareness
5% Organization/Planning
10% Teamwork
10% Written Communication Skills
10% Oral Communication Skills
100% Total


CLOSING
Benefits:
• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular Full Time Employee


ABOUT MWD
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email: [email protected]

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PST on the date stated in the job announcement. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.

Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).

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