Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Location
Kansas
Posted
Apr 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: This Research Assistant position will perform tests on various analytes such as serum, whole blood, plasma, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and mild using agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID), ELISA, indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA), agglutination, radial immunodiffusion (RID), and SNAP to detect titers or disease and enter findings into computer. Setup, adjust, maintain, and clean laboratory equipment and maintain the quality system through document reviews as well as corrective action responses and ensuring the quality of the test results. 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: - SEROLOGICAL ASSAYS: Perform testing (including Laboratory Information Management, sample preparation, reagent preparation, equipment calibration,and serial dilution as necessary) according to approved protocols or manufactures specifications for the following assays/methods: AGAR GEL IMMUNODIFFUSION (AGID) for Avian Influenza {Al), Blue Tongue (BT), Bovine Leukemia (BLV), Caprine Arthritis-Encephalitis (CAD), Ovine Progressive Pneumonia (OPP), Epizootic Hemmorrhagic (EHD), Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), lmmunodiffusion and (ID) Fungals. ELISA tests for Blue Tongue (BT), Bovine Leukemia (BLV), Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis and Maedi-Visinia Virus (CAE-MVV), Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis (Johne's), Anaplasma, Bovine Pregnancy, and Toxoplasmosis. INDIRECT FLUORESCENT ANTIBODY (IFA): Ehrlichia canis, Lyme, Leishmania infantum, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever AGGLUTINATION TESTS: Canine Brucellosis and Brucella abortis Perform latex agglutination tests for Crypotococcus RADIAL IMMUNODIFFUSION (RID): for bovine and camelid SNAP test for foal lgG and feline leukemia (Felv) and feline immunodeficiency (FIV) combo LEPTOSPORISIS

- QUALITY SYSTEM: Perform quality assessment and quality control documentation needed for the Lab to stay in compliance with regulations - SOP creation, review and updating - Oversee maintenance and inventory of equipment in Serology Lab - Corrective Actions - Participate in formal proficiency testing programs specific to test methods used within the laboratory - Obtained required training and get lab ready for inspections - Serology trainer for student workers and new personnel

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Assisting customers via phone, email, and fax - Provide assistance with clients concerning test selection, result interpretation and how that relates to the testing the laboratory does

- LAB MAINTENANCE: Prepare reagents and solutions for use in diagnostic tests - Primary technician responsible for maintenance and upkeep of Leptospirosis cultures - Record temperatures and equipment readiness for QA/QC program - Filling tip boxes and restocking of physical inventory necessary for the function of the laboratory - General upkeep and cleaning of the laboratory when necessary

Required Minimum Qualifications: - Bachelor of Science with emphasis in microbiology, virology, and serology preferred

- Two or more years of laboratory experience

Preferred Qualifications: - Demonstrates proficiency with fluorescence microscopy methods and biosafety training and practices

- Availability to work later shifts (e.g. 9am-6pm or 10am-7pm) 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.  Salary Range / Pay Rate:  $ 33,436 - $ 56,841 annual salary 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.