Research Associate (Diagnostic Medicine / Pathobiology)
General Description of Position: This position is necessary to expand the scope of our research on Ehrlichia species to promote the development of novel directions in generating research funding from foundations, industry and federal funding agencies. In particular, this position is critical in advancing the goals of the new center in progress in DMP, the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases. 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: -Conduct independent research as per the project goals as assigned by Dr. Roman Ganta. In particular, this individual will carry our research involving studies focused on understanding Ehrlichia pathogenesis and vaccine development; specific experiments may involve, but not limited to culturing Ehrlichia, performing molecular biology, cell biology, immunology studies in vitro and in vivo.
-Conduct research also in collaboration with members of Dr. Roman Ganta's group with a special focus on vector-borne diseases. In particular, collaborate with scientific staff working directly under Roman Ganta and/or other associated scientists at the CEVBD to foster research collaborations.
-Organize the data for presentations at seminars, scientific meetings and for preparing manuscripts for publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
-Assist in preparing manuscripts for publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
-Assist in preparing grant proposals to generate funding for independent and collaborative research
-Mentor undergraduate and graduate students associated with Dr. Ganta's research team, as needed basis.Required Minimum Qualifications: Master's Degree Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Cell culture, molecular biology methods such as DNA isolation, real-time PCR, Southern blotting, RNA isolation and RNA analysis, protein isolation, immunoblot analysis, ELISA, immunoprecipitation, confocal microscopy, and studies involving working with vertebrate animals and ticks. 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.