Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Location
Kansas
Posted
Apr 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: This Research Assistant position has the responsibility of developing and performing laboratory experiments to develop a real time RT-PCR for various bovine and porcine pathogens.   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: - Benchwork Assist with laboratory bench work needed for test improvement and development. This involves the completion of complex, multi-step laboratory procedures including; nucleic acid extraction and purification of both RNA and DNA from animal specimens, using both magnetic bead nucleic acid and spin column chemistry, and TaqMan qPCR for the detection of various pathogens, animal cell culture, and viral and bacterial expansion and isolation.

- Literature review of primary and secondary literature is required to formulate accurate and precise experimental designs and proposals. This not only includes material directly related to the experimentation, but all related biological (human and veterinary), physical, mathematical, statistical and ethical fields. 

- Lab Maintenance Maintain laboratory environment, which includes; taking inventory of supplies, attending educational meetings, training and assisting undergraduate students.

Required Minimum Qualifications: - B.A. or B.S. degree

- Knowledge and experience with PCR 

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.