Serves as an alternative case coordinator for CAHFS' Virology/Biotechnology and Immunology/Epidemiology Sections and as backup alternative case coordinator for CAHFS' Bacteriology section. Completes routine case coordinator functions on a daily basis including reviewing and interpreting test findings for interpretation and client reporting purposes; entering test interpretation into the CAHFS LIMS (StarLIMS), finalizing and sending client reports using the StarLIMS system; and completing structured diagnosis for final cases report into StarLIMS for veterinarians, regulatory officials, livestock industry representatives and other entities. Serves as the Department's coordinator for Foreign Animal Disease reporting and Outbreak response, directing communications, ensuring mandated reporting is completed timely, and managing and resolving issues.
Physical DemandsWork at a personal computer for extended periods of time.
Ability to remain focused in a laboratory environment.
Work EnvironmentTHIS IS NOT AN H1B/J1 OPPORTUNITY. Candidate must be legally permitted to work in the United States and not subject to revocation.
This is not a research or laboratory testing position. The position is located in a diagnostic laboratory where quality control and assurance as well as meticulous working habits are essential.
Per the terms and agreements of the department's contracts and grants, the position requires signing of a Confidentiality Agreement or Non-Disclosure Agreement regarding testing and client information.
Work with constant interruptions and distractions, traffic and noise from telephone, section activity, etc.
Due to test scheduling this position requires after hour reporting duties during but not limited to foreign animal disease outbreak situations.
All CAHFS employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
Must wear laboratory required/supplied PPE and participate in Health Surveillance Program.
Must be able to tolerate strong odors and the sight of exposed animal tissues and blood products.
May, at times, work with or be in areas where biohazardous and chemical materials and infectious diseases are present. Specific hazards of the position are, but are not limited to salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Campylobacter, hot acids, bases, ethers and other chemicals.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Davis is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Minimum Qualifications-DVM or equivalent/comparable veterinary degree including strong background in infectious diseases.
-Knowledge of veterinary medicine; diagnostic veterinary medicine including veterinary virology, molecular biology, genetics, serology, and bacteriology to understand the use and interpretation of laboratory test procedures; and state and federal regulations applicable to the practice of veterinary medicine and to regulation of livestock, poultry and meat industries.
-Skill in use of computer databases and operating languages sufficient to work with LIMS/StarLIMS for data entry and reporting.
-Knowledge and skills to apply existing theory and research findings to define unusual and complex problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions, comprehend an extensive variety of highly complex and technical material, prepare meaningful, accurate and concise reports, handle sensitive inquiries from contacts with animal owners and veterinarians.
-Experience to respond appropriately in emergency duties, e.g., suspected foreign animal diseases or diseases that impact public health.
-Knowledge to dispose of hazardous and contaminated materials in a safe manner and in accordance with campus and EH&S policies and procedures.
-Interpersonal skills to interact with a wide variety of individuals including co-workers, clients of CAHFS, and other University units, outside and government agencies.
-Communication skills (written and oral) to communicate test results to CAHFS clients, including regulatory officials, in a clear and concise fashion.
-Communication skills to keep case coordinators informed of issues, delays, or perceived problems in the assigned case reporting and related case coordinator proxy activities.
-Time-management skills to ensure timely and consistent reporting and coding of cases.
-Skills to adhere to diagnostic lab quality assurance and control procedures and standards as related to data entry, review, and reporting.
Preferred Qualifications-Master's degree or equivalent in areas of virology, immunology, genetics, diagnostic medicine, bacteriology, and/or applied epidemiology.
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