Program Technician I
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, AR

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Bachelor's Degree in a scientific field of study. The applicant must have a strong computer background, excellent communication skills, and be able to work as a team player with other lab members.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please attach cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. If unable to attach documents, please contact Jamie Bentley at

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents:
Letter of Reference 1
Letter of Reference 2
Letter of Reference 3

Recruitment Contact Information:
Dr. Steve Breeding

Overall Purpose/Job Objective:
The Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (VDL) functions as a public service laboratory withing the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture System. The Program Technician will work in the serology and microbiology labs within the VDL. Serology work includes the preparation of blood samples and reagents for evaluation of serum samples utilizing Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay (ELISA), Agar Gel Immunodiffusion (AGID), Hemagglutination-Inhibition (HI) and Serum Plate Agglutination (SPA) methodologies. Microbiology work includes isolation and identification of aerobic, anaerobic, and fungal organisms; NPIP Salmonella assays; antimicrobial sensitivity testing; and molecular rtPCR assays for identification of microorganisms. The Program Technician will be required to review appropriate literature to become knowledgeable of existing protocols and assist in development and validation of new protocols when necessary. The Program Technician will perform and document appropriate quality control procedures for all tests performed and maintain records on all testing procedures. The Program Technician will also be required to assist in other areas of the VDL as needed (necropsy, clerical, maintenance).

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Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in a scientific field of study plus 2 years experience or Master's Degree in a scientific field plus 1 year experience.
Areas of desirable experience include serology and microbiology testing procedures and molecular PCR techniques. Knowledge of poultry and livestock production procedures is preferred.

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Commensurate with experience and education.

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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

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