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Clinical Microbiology Technologist

State of Montana
Bozeman, Montana, US
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Full time
To be considered for Department of Livestock positions, applicants must apply and submit any required application materials through the State Of Montana Careers Website at

This position is posted as 'Open Until Filled' with a first review of Application on May 23, 2024.

Materials Required of Applicants: Please submit the following documents through the State of Montana Careers website:

1) Resume.

2) Cover Letter- please attach a cover letter explaining your interest in this position. Please tell us, what makes you the best candidate for this position. Please include specific details and limit your cover letter to one page.

* Attachments not requested will not be reviewed by the selection panel.
* Helpful Tip: When submitting the required documents, you must check the "relevant document" box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application for this position.

Reasons to work for the Montana Department of Livestock: Our work matters! We are proud of the work we do, to find out more about the Department of Livestock visit our website HERE.

Benefits of working for the Department of Livestock: The ability to work and play in the beautiful state of Montana is one of the benefits you will love about this opportunity! Other fantastic benefits include:

* Health Coverage
* Retirement plans
* Paid vacation, sick leave and Holidays
* Work/life balance
* Flexible schedules
* Opportunities and room for professional growth
* Public Service Loan Forgiveness- Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive loan forgiveness- click HERE to learn more!

About this Opportunity!

The Montana Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory (MVDL) is a bureau of the Animal Health and Food Safety Division of the Montana Department of Livestock. The laboratory is located within the Marsh Laboratory building on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana. The MVLD serves as the only accredited, full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Montana.

Job Overview:

This is a laboratory technician position that performs diagnostic testing services within the fields of bacteriology, parasitology, and mycology via the use of classic and molecular microbiological methods to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and control of animal disease. This employee is responsible for generating quality, accurate, precise, and timely test results while operating within a regulated environment. The ability to strictly adhere to established testing protocols is a requirement for the position. An understanding of data interpretation, basics of veterinary disease, and quality system regulation is required for this position. This position is expected to occasionally interact with veterinary and livestock producer clients for the purposes of clarifying sample submissions, test scheduling, and communication of test results. The opportunity to cross-train and assist in the testing operations of other laboratory sections exists as dictated by test demand and seasonality.

The successful applicant must be comfortable performing job duties in a laboratory environment where exposure to zoonotic disease agents may occur. Employees must be aware of the risk of injury from chemical and/or biological hazards and take appropriate precautions to maintain a safe environment via the use of personal protective equipment and implementation of best practices. Repetitive motion, long periods of standing or sitting, and some lifting may be required. Weekend or extended work may be required in the event of a disease outbreak or other urgent situation but is not routine or the expectation.

Education & Experience (Minimum Qualifications):

Required: Education: BS or BA or equivalent/comparable science degree is required.


* MS or PhD in a related science field is preferred.
* Two years veterinary diagnostic laboratory or relevant work experience is preferred.

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