Research Associate (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Manhattan KS
Jul 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking applicants for a Research Associate. This position will be responsible for managing BSL2 and BSL3 virus laboratories. Responsibilities include supervising and assisting with research projects, performing and assisting others with lab techniques, ordering laboratory supplies, and overseeing laboratory personnel.  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.  Job Description: Responsibilities include:

-Manage BSL2 and BSL3 virus laboratories to include: writing and maintaining SOPs, detailed laboratory notebook, and detailed compliance records. Manage microbial detection array testing through KSVDL, including management of testing supplies, performing testing, data analysis and interpretation, and assisting with manuscript and proposal preparation.

-Supervision and teaching of technicians, undergraduates and related personnel. Management and participation in swine trials, to include organizing and scheduling of personnel performing daily health evaluations, sample collection, and sample processing. Maintain detailed animal health and data records from swine studies.

-Perform and assist others with laboratory techniques to include: PCR/RT-PCR, recombinant DNA techniques, protein expression, DNA/RNA/peptide sequence alignment and analysis, viral titrations and inoculum preparation, sample processing, and statistical analysis. 

Required Minimum Qualifications: - This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus 5 years of relevant work experience or a Master's degree in a related field plus 1 year of relevant work experience. Must have ability to use hardware and software specific to assigned laboratory duties. 

- Candidate must have experience and skills in overseeing research projects, as well as good analytical skills and oral and written communication skills. Must be familiar with experimental design techniques, maintaining accurate data records, data analysis, proposal preparation and manuscript preparation. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required.

Preferred Qualifications: - Candidate with previous knowledge, experience, and skills in developing and performing diagnostic assays, experience and skills in next generation sequencing, a track record of publication in high quality journals, and experience working with swine is preferred. 

- Ph.D. in Biology, Microbiology, Pathobiology or related field  Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit an application along with a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional reference Screening of Applications Begins: Screening of applications begins immediately  Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 43,278 - $ 75,736 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.