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The Department of Microbiology's primary mission is to conduct cutting-edge research and translate the knowledge gained into the training of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students for careers in microbiology. The members of the Department of Microbiology therefore seek to maintain programs of excellence in instruction and research, and participate in activities that provide service to the University, State of Montana, and their respective scientific disciplines.

Under supervision of the Teaching Laboratory Manager and Laboratory Coordinator, the person in this position will provide staff support for the Microbiology Department teaching labs by providing faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate student's access to safe, well equipped laboratory settings for teaching purposes. The person in this position will prepare media and chemical reagents and grow cultures for student laboratories; follow procedures for safe disposal and use of pathogenic microorganisms and chemicals; and act as a consultant to instructors, graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate students on a daily basis with regards to lab procedures, safety and location of supplies. The person must be able to prioritize workloads to complete work by deadlines and establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people such as undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and other support personnel.


1. Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or related field or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
2. Demonstrated ability to culture large variety of bacterial and fungal cultures using the proper media and growth conditions.
3. Demonstrated ability to follow standard microbiological procedures.
4. Demonstrated competence using and maintaining a variety of laboratory equipment including: gel electrophoresis equipment, spectrophotometers, microscopes, balances, autoclaves, automatic media dispensers, pH meter, biological safety cabinets and centrifuges.
5. Demonstrated ability to prepare microbiological media and chemical reagents by following standard recipes and protocols and by using math and chemistry concepts to calculate proper formulations of reagents and media.
6. Demonstrated competence performing work with a high degree of accuracy and close attention to detail, while meeting deadlines in a highly interruptive atmosphere.
7. Demonstrated excellent communication skills and competence maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of people including students, graduate teaching assistants, faculty and other support personnel.


1. Demonstrated competence analyzing and troubleshooting equipment malfunctions.

The Successful
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The successful candidate will also have the following abilities : work effectively as a team player while juggling and prioritizing multiple work assignments; demonstrate effective communication with individuals internal and external to the organization; work independently with minimal supervision; and to represent Microbiology and Montana State University in a professional and courteous manner.


1. In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2. This position requires working with a variety of hazardous materials including pathogens, carcinogens, toxic agents, and caustic chemicals. Manual dexterity to perform scientific techniques and the ability to lift 20 liter vessels is required.


Screening of applications will begin on September 5, 2013, and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired.


To apply, please download the application materials by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application .

The applicant must submit an MSU Application. Electronic submissions are highly preferred. An original signature of the MSU-Bozeman Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to

Ashley Rozboril Montana State University Microbiology 109 Lewis Hall P.O. Box 173520 Bozeman, MT 59717-3520 Phone: 406-994-2020 Fax: 406-994-4926

Please e-mail or call Ashley Rozboril with any questions.

In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

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