PRINCIPAL RESEARCH LABORATORY SCIENTIST (MICROBIOLOGY)-OC
Posted on Jan 14, 2019 by Las Vegas Valley Water District
7 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., M-Th SALARY: $114,585.00 annually WORK LOCATION:
River Mountains Water Treatment Facility
(1229 Burkholder Blvd., Henderson, NV 89015) INTRODUCTION: Human Resources will screen applications and supplemental questionnaires. Candidates possessing the strongest skills and experience for this position will be forwarded to the hiring department for further evaluation and to determine who will be invited to the formal interview process. There may be a screening interview. Screening interviews are utilized to assess a candidate's ability to effectively perform the roles and responsibilities of a first-level supervisor. It is given in a panel format and incorporates situational-based questions to evaluate the candidate's past performance and future suitability in a supervisory position. GENERAL PURPOSE: Supervises, coordinates and participates in the operations of a Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) water quality research and development laboratory; ensures quality control and data integrity processes are maintained and followed; leads and participates in advanced analytical research projects on emerging water industry issues; establishes priorities and ensures that grant-funded research project timelines and research objectives are met; participates in the publication of research results; and performs related duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral degree in environmental microbiology or related field/experience; have substantial knowledge and experience involving microbiology within or related to water treatment (i.e., biological treatment and microbial characterization, biofilms, pathogenic bacteria, protozoa, amoebas, viruses, cyanobacteria, next generation sequencing (NGS), metagenomics analysis, bioinformatics); have an understanding of current and future water treatment regulations related to microbiology; have the ability to provide information and expertise for internal and public inquiries related to emerging microbiological topics; have ample experience in writing proposals and a successful track record of obtaining grants; possess exemplary oral and written communication skills (presentations, publications); demonstrate excellent teamwork skills (effective communicator, establish cooperative relationships); and have supervisory experience. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a college or university with, depending on assignment, a Doctorate in chemistry or a Doctorate or Master's degree in environmental biology or a closely related field; and at least six years of highly responsible chemical or microbiological laboratory experience involving complex research and analysis and the utilization of highly complex, state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodologies; or an equivalent combination of training and experience KNOWLEDGE OF: Trends and emerging issues in the water industry; water sampling and preparation methods; standard EPA methodologies and research laboratory protocols and procedures used in testing and method development for raw and potable water; water treatment processes, including disinfection, carbon absorption, coagulation, membranes and other conventional and advanced treatment methods; federal EPA regulations and Safe Drinking Water Act provisions; the operation and maintenance of highly complex, laboratory instrumentation and other research equipment used in a research laboratory; laboratory quality control/quality assurance principles, practices and methods; methods and practices used in technical writing for scientific publication; safe laboratory practices and procedures; principles and practices of effective supervision; District human resources policies and labor contract provisions. When assigned to the research chemistry laboratory: Theory, principles, practices, methods, chemicals and agents used in trace metals chemical and physical analysis and testing of water. When assigned to the research microbiology laboratory: Theory, principles, practices and methods of microbiology related to water treatment including: biological treatment and microbial characterization, biofilms and microbiological populations, including pathogenic bacteria, protozoa, amoebas, viruses and cyanobacteria; processes such as next generation sequencing (NGS) and metagenomics analysis and bioinformatics. ABILITY TO: Plan, organize, supervise and evaluate the work of professional and technical staff in a water quality research laboratory; operate a computer and highly complex instrumentation used in developing and conducting advanced and novel analytical methods for the analysis of raw and potable water samples; develop, interpret and modify/adjust methodologies and protocols at an advanced mastery level to maintain the accuracy and reliability of testing results; calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot and perform minor repairs on highly complex laboratory instrumentation; identify new areas of research and design and conduct original research projects; present scientific data clearly and concisely and author scientific reports at a level suitable for external research in competitive grant processes; review and develop quality assurance/quality control measures for optimal division performance; work collaboratively with other members of the research and development team; establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers, staff, representatives of other agencies and others encountered in the course of work. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk; talk or hear by telephone and in person; smell; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands or arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and, infrequently, up to 50 pounds.
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