Academic Hourly - Part-Time Positions Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory University of

Academic Hourly - Part-Time Positions

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The University of Illinois continues to maintain the safety of students, faculty, and staff on the

Urbana-Champaign campus. To accomplish this goal, the College of Veterinary Medicine is playing a pivotal role by providing a Molecular Laboratory designated for COVID testing using a safe and rapid diagnostic test relying upon Real-Time quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-qPCR). This testing procedure has been optimized with heat inactivation of saliva

biospecimens as a first step in sampling processing, and mitigates any risk associated with COVID-19

virus exposure. The Molecular Laboratory housed in The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking

part-time Academic Hourly technicians to perform

molecular diagnostic techniques in support of the COVID-19 testing. This is an hourly, part-time position in a laboratory meeting CLIA-compliant standards and provides comprehensive clinical diagnostic and

research services.

The lab is open seven days a week and applicants should be available to work weekends.


• Perform aseptic techniques and proper handling and processing of infectious substances, including checking in samples and proper identification of samples – 40%

• Perform assays to detect the pathogen, traditional or real-time PCR, RFLP or sequencing of amplicons, and other methods for validation; write Standard

Operating Procedures (SOPs) – 30%

• Order appropriate materials, maintain inventory of

reagents and supplies, unpacking laboratory supplies, removal of laboratory waste and packaging for safe disposal, cleaning and disinfecting of laboratory space and equipment, care for lab equipment and include proper documentation of all quality control and

assurance procedures – 15%

• Interact with VDL personnel, appropriate assigning test procedures for specimens, process specimens for immediate testing or storage for future testing and

coordinate timing of the assays with other lab

personnel – 5%

• Maintain computer proficiency appropriate to enter results into a database and report results to

supervisors and communicate with sections heads and directors – 5%

• Perform other duties as assigned – 5%


• Doctoral, Master’s or Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, or Clinical Laboratory Science or medical technology from an accredited institution.

• Minimum one year of practical experience in

molecular biology.

• Training in microbiology, virology, molecular assays including PCR and rPCR


• MCB or Microbiology with emphasis in virology or bacteriology

• Experience with real-time PCR and/or sequencing

• Training in microbiology, virology, molecular assays including PCR and rPCR in a diagnostic or clinical



Salary is commensurate with experience.


This is a part-time academic hourly position.


As soon as possible after hiring approval.


For full consideration, please send your resume, a cover letter, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three professional references to April Edwards ( All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.


For further information regarding application

procedures, you may contact April Edwards at The University of Illinois

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