Analytical Lab Administrator (Animal Sciences & Industry)

Manhattan, Kansas
Jun 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: The Analytical Lab Administrator will manage and operate the Analytical Laboratory in Weber Hall. Samples are provided to the Analytical Laboratory by researchers in the Department of Animal Sciences & Industry, researchers in other departments at Kansas State University, or from outside individuals or organizations. There is a list of analyses that are typically provided by the laboratory, and as needed and as resources and skills allow, additional analyses can be developed for use. The activities of this lab may evolve over time to match the needs of the clients and to maintain the relevance of the lab.

Information about the Department: The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry has a long and rich heritage. From the down-to-earth animal husbandry group that emerged from the Farming Department in 1901, to its current form as one of the largest Animal Science departments in the United States, K-State animal science has held fast to its commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and extension.

Moreover, we are fully engaged in embracing the challenges of the future in order to continue providing the objective information and training needed by the citizens of Kansas and elsewhere to thrive in the midst of change. The Animal Science program at Kansas State University ascribes to and seeks to model the core values articulated by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. Those core values include:

  • Integrity (displaying the characteristics of honesty, trust, credibility, responsibility, stewardship and accountability)
  • Communication (exhibiting excellence in listening, speaking, writing, and working together)
  • Scholarship (striving for excellence in the discovery, integration, dissemination and application of knowledge)
  • Leadership (clearly displaying vision, teamwork, customer-focused service, and innovation)
  • Inclusion (showing respect and appreciation for all clientele, co-workers and others with whom we interact)

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan, which has a population of about 56,000. Faculty in Animal Sciences and Industry are housed in two buildings on the K-State campus (Weber Hall and Call Hall). The buildings contain well-equipped laboratories, teaching facilities, a dairy processing plant and a meat processing facility.

Field research facilities for beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, horses, and sheep are located in close proximity to campus. The department manages about 6,500 acres of land for research purposes. In a typical year, departmental research and teaching facilities accommodate about 2000 to 3000 cattle, 3500 swine, 1500 laying hens, 250 sheep and 45 horses.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at 

Job Description:

This person will manage the lab but will be under the supervision of the faculty supervisor. This position directly provides a significant portion of the labor involved in maintaining the laboratory and in conducting analyses.

The Analytical Lab Administrator is responsible for:

  • Hiring and training undergraduate workers, as needed.
  • Prioritizing activities to meet client needs while maintaining fiscal responsibility. 
  • Most financial decisions related to the laboratory, including the large purchasing decisions, such as for new equipment costing more than $1,000, after consulting with the faculty supervisor.  
  • Generating appropriate schedule of charges and operating the lab in a manner that is close to financial break-even.  
  • Interfacing with clients in providing information about the lab’s capabilities, accepting and scheduling samples for analysis, providing data to the client in a format that satisfies the client’s needs, and billing clients for services.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in chemistry or closely related field
  • One to three years of experience 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in chemistry or closely related field
  • Background experience with analytical/instrumental chemistry
  • Understanding of livestock feed, meats, and other food products

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit an application along with a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  

Screening of Applications Begins: Screening begins June 12, 2017 and will continue until filled. 

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.