Utah State University

COVID Diagnostics - Technical Supervisor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/21/2020 11:01 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Health & Medical Professions
Position Type
Temporary Part-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
$35.00 per hour


The Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UVDL) is looking for a Technical Supervisor to oversee SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing at USU. This is a short term, temporary position. The position is expected to last from mid-November 2020 to March 2021.




  • Oversee SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing at UVDL
  • Responsible for the overall operation and administration of the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic laboratory at the UDLV in compliance with applicable regulations (CLIA)
  • Report test results promptly and proficiently
  • Ensure sufficient reagents and materials are obtained to provide for continuous testing
  • Compile and maintain metrics of USU community testing and infection rates (number of tests run, number of positive, negative and inconclusive test results)
  • Calibrate equipment
  • Track and document errors
  • Validate test results using appropriate controls
  • Ensure the physical environment of the laboratory is appropriate for testing
  • Ensure the establishment and maintenance of acceptable levels of analytical performance for each testing step
  • Ensure adequate documentation of daily procedures (testing, reagent lots, calculations, etc.)



  • Oversee the handling of infectious biohazardous materials, biosafety level-2 enhanced (BSL-2+)
  • Ensure that laboratory personnel perform test methods as required for accurate and reliable results
  • Ensure safe working environment for technical staff (schedule appropriate training with USU EHS for blood borne pathogen training, N95 respirator fittings, train in appropriate use of appropriate PPE)
  • Identify need for additional training or retraining as needed



  • Accountable to stakeholders (USU, UVDL, patients)
  • Responsibilities likely to evolve as needed, perform other duties as required


  • Fulfill Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements to oversee high complexity diagnostic testing in the role of Technical Supervisor. These requirements are:
  1. Documented clinical experience with human specimens; AND
  2. One of the following educational components:
  • MD or DO with a current medical license and 1-year training and experience in high-complexity testing in the respective specialty; OR
  • Doctoral degree in clinical laboratory science, chemical, physical or biological science with 1-year training and experience in the respective specialty; OR
  • Master's degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, or chemical, physical or biological science and 2 years training and experience in high-complexity testing in the respective specialty; OR
  • Bachelor's degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, or chemical, physical or biological science and 4 years training and experience in high-complexity testing in the respective specialty.
  • Experience in the diagnostic test being used to detect SARS-CoV-2 (reverse-transcription quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, RT-qPCR)
  • Experience in leading teams in high throughput molecular testing
  • In your cover letter, please clearly describe how you fulfill the requirements listed above



Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter - In your cover letter, please clearly describe how you fulfill the requirements listed above to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$35.00 per hour


Work Environment and Physical Requirements

This position requires moderate physical activity, including the handling of average weight objects up to 25 pounds and/or standing or walking more than four hours per day.  Employees are exposed to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.  The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and will include the use of protective equipment.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.



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