2020-01-13 2020-02-06

Assistant Microbiologist

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: La Verne, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 54113
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: La Verne, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 54113
  • Organization Website

As an Assistant Microbiologist you will provide essential laboratory support for all of the team’s activities, including pathogen detection in samples from the Advanced Purification Center Demonstration Plant in support of Metropolitan’s Regional Recycled Water Program, routine cyanotoxin monitoring in Metropolitan’s waters, and analytical activities related to Metropolitan’s Quagga Mussel Control Program.

You will assist with the analysis of wastewater samples for pathogens, including Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and enteric viruses; and for indicator microorganisms such as coliphage, bacterial endospores, and fecal bacteria. You will also assist with the maintenance and use of cell cultures for culturable virus assays. Additional responsibilities include: assist with the routine analysis of water samples for cyanotoxins; prepare reagents; clean and decontaminate glassware and equipment; ensure supplies and equipment are available to complete analyses in a timely manner; perform routine quality assurance and quality control tasks and complete required documentation; and clean laboratory surfaces.

Positions at this level learn to use professional concepts to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity; work on assignments that are routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. Specific and detailed guidelines covering all aspects of the assignment are provided; work is in strict adherence to the guidelines, procedures, and safety policies, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, biological safety cabinets, and fume hoods; and any deviations must be authorized. The work consists of tasks that are clear-cut and directly related.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.

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

Salary: $32.80 to $43.14 Hourly

Closing Date: Feb. 6, 2020

Learn More/Apply: http://www.mwdh2o.com

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