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Scientist – Microbiologist - Section Head (Job ID 100985)

Clemson University Veterinary Diagnostic Center (CVDC) is seeking to hire a Microbiology Section Head.  CVDV, the state veterinary diagnostic laboratory, plays an integral part in disease surveillance systems that help assure a safe and adequate food supply and to protect the health and welfare of South Carolina citizens. CVDC is an ISO 17025 accredited full service diagnostic laboratory located in the center of the state in Columbia, SC. Columbia is the state capital and has many outlets for the arts, music, parks, lakes, museums, and sports. Columbia is less than three hours from the beaches or mountains. In July 2013 Columbia was named one of "10 Great Cities to Live In" by Kiplinger Magazine, and recently, the city has been named a top mid-sized market in the nation for relocating families. Columbia also was listed as one of 30 communities named "America's Most Livable Communities," by the Washington based non-profit Partners for Livable Communities that honors communities that are developing themselves in the creative economy.

In this position, the incumbent serves as Microbiology Section Head and will be responsible for a wide variety of professional and scientific activities in the clinical and food microbiology, serology and molecular sections of the diagnostic lab. Results are communicated to practicing veterinarians, animal owners and producers, animal health regulatory officials, and public health agencies as appropriate. The incumbent accepts the joint responsibility shared throughout the laboratory to carry out responsibilities with customer service and satisfaction in mind.


  1. Supervise all phases of microbial, serological and molecular testing including selection of methodologies, performance standards, quality control, interpretation of results, personnel and preparation of reports.                 
  2. Support the mission of SC Meat and Poultry Inspection Department through supervision of food microbiology testing performed through CVDC and insuring compliance with current FDA and USDA/FSIS regulations for microbial testing of food samples                                            
  3. Consult with veterinary practitioners, regulatory personnel and livestock producers regarding interpretation and significance of results and identifies diagnostic needs of laboratory clients
  4. Study the literature and attends meetings, conferences and workshops to continuously enhance knowledge of new technologies and disease trends in animal, zoonotic and food-borne diseases            
  5. Perform testing at bench intermittently in the microbiology section.
  6. Validate and implement new techniques to increase efficiency and accuracy of microbial testing procedures                                                                                                                               
  7. Collaborate in research efforts of Clemson University and CVDC                                 
  8. Supports a quality management system that aligns with ISO 17025 standards.
  9. Conducts and collaborates on projects to enhance the economic viability of the lab.
    Other duties as may be required                                                                                                                              

Minimum Requirements:

DVM and/or PhD in microbiology related field with one or more years of work experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

A DVM with advanced training in microbiology plus a minimum of 2 years’ experience in diagnostic microbiology. An advanced knowledge of microbiology and diagnostic methods is strongly preferred. Highly qualified non-DVM candidates with a PhD in a microbiology related field (bacteriology, virology, molecular biology) are also encouraged to apply.  Board Certification by American College of Veterinary Microbiologists is a plus. Experience managing personnel is an asset. 

To ensure full consideration please submit on-line job application by October 15, 2016 at http://www.clemson.edu/employment/prospective/findjobs.html.  Position will remain open until filled.  Please direct questions regarding this position to Dr. Joe Hill, jeh4@clemson.edu or by phone 803/726-7827.

The individual must be able to work independently with little supervision and have a high degree of responsibility for providing accurate, reliable, and timely results and service to clients in a laboratory setting that depends on revenue for a significant portion of its support. Experience and or aptitude as a supervisor is preferred as well as recent experience working as a microbiologist in a veterinary diagnostic lab.

The employee works in a laboratory operating under BSL-2 guidelines including requiring personal protective wear, in an environment that contains infectious agents.  Some lifting and physical dexterity is required.  Occasional travel overnight to attend training and meetings is also required. 

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