Research Assistant (Diagnostic Medicine / Pathobiology)

Mar 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
General Description of Position: The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant position. The purpose of this position is to perform basic research on swine infectious viral diseases and to develop antivirals for Rift Valley fever and influenza viruses. Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description: The Research Assistant will plan and conduct research on swine infectious viral diseases such as swine influenza virus, porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, porcine circovirus and to develop antivirals for rift valley fever and influenza. The candidate should have virology research background and at least master degree. Molecular techniques such as DNA and RNA isolation, DNA cloning, subcloning, mutagenesis, reverse genetics, RT-PCR, immunostaining and immunoblotting analyses and screening antiviral experience are required.

This individual will also work with different animal models such as mouse, chicken, calf and swine. The candidate should have experience to work at bio-safety level 2 and bio-safety level 3 animal facilities.

Keep laboratory records, analyze data, draft and edit manuscript, write experimental protocols, prepare grant applications. 

Required Minimum Qualifications: Must have a Bachelor's Degree.

Highly motivated individuals are sought with an extensive research background in molecular virology, and antiviral development. The successful candidate should have virology research background; have basic molecular virology techniques (e.g. virus isolation; HI and immunohistochemistry; expression & purification of viral protein and recombinant protein; cloning and basic molecular work); familiar with antiviral screening and testing; and experience working with different animal model such as chicken, mouse and swine at BSL-2 and BSL-3 facilities.   Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in virology or microbiology will be given preference.

Should be highly motivated, can do research independently and have strong background in virology and antiviral development  Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, please submit an application along with a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.    Screening of Applications Begins: Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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