Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Apr 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: The individual in this Research Assistant position will be primarily responsible for the setup of diagnostic specimens in the clinical microbiology section of the KSVDL.  The specific tasks involved include: entering case information and requested tests into the LIMS and daily case log sheets, assisting in maintaining a proper stock of microbiological media, assisting in diagnostic workups and participating in laboratory QC procedures.

16 hours per week.

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: · Perform microbiological setup of clinical specimens using laboratory SOPs.  This position is responsible for labeling and inoculating selective culture media appropriate for the diagnostic test(s) requested or specimen received.  Necessary case data will be entered into the daily case log and LIMS.

· Inventory control.  This position is responsible for assisting the microbiologists in maintaining proper media inventories, pulling outdated media stocks and reordering/stocking supplies.

· This position will assist the microbiologists in maintaining quality control within the laboratory.  The primary responsibilities are to prepare fresh quality control isolates weekly/monthly as dictated by SOP.  Other quality control processes may include, but are not limited to, routine equipment QC monitoring and running proficiency test specimens consistent with AAVLD laboratory requirements.

· Assist with maintaining cleanliness of the laboratory workspaces.  Primary responsibility of this position is to ensure that infectious materials are removed from the laboratory in a timely manner and disposed of according to laboratory SOP and consistent with university EH&S policies.

· Assist with research projects that present to the clinical microbiology laboratory.  Individuals in this position must be willing to learn new techniques that may be required to complete these projects.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry or animal science.  Experience may be substituted for the education requirement. Preferred Qualifications: Experience in a microbiology / diagnostic laboratory setting is preferred. Special Instructions to Applicants: Resume, letter of interest, and letter of interest are needed with application. Screening of Applications Begins: Immediately Salary Range / Pay Rate: $16.38 - $27.85 per hour 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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