Research Assistant - Rabies (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Manhattan KS
Aug 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory with the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant.  The personnel will conduct tests in the rabies laboratory including the performance of rabies antibody analyses on human and animal sera including serum neutralization and ELISA assays, the interpretation and reporting of serological and diagnostic results, and maintaining the quality system through documentation, review, and trend analysis for all tests as well as corrective action reports and ensuring the quality of test results. The person in this position will also assist with program operations including monitoring quality control data, accuracy of test result entry, SOP precision and necessary updates, monitoring supplies usage and timely ordering. 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: Rabies Serological Assays: Includes sample preparation, serum dilutions, virus growth and dilution, cell staining, and microscopic reading of slides with calculation of results. Data entry of test submissions, test results, and quality control tracking and report generation.

Quality System: Perform quality assessment and quality control documentation needed for the Rabies Lab to stay in compliance with regulations, assist in SOP updates, and Corrective Actions.

Project Management: Review Special Project requests and associated Study Memos and contracts to ensure compliance, direct resources for completion, and review final records for accuracy and completeness. Manage, document, and direct activities for internal reagent preparation, use, and storage. Manage internal and external proficiency programs.

Customer Service: Assisting in customers via phone, email, and fax. Provide assistance with clients concerning test submission, result interpretation, rabies vaccination protocols, and how that relates to the testing the laboratory does. Provide assistance with client’s concerning rabies diagnostic issues. 

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS in Biology or related sciences
  • Highly proficient computer skills including databases, spreadsheets, word processing and data entry are required. The applicant must have excellent written and oral, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills and one year experience in project management. 
Preferred Qualifications:
    Two or more years of laboratory experience in cell biology, clinical laboratory test procedures and quality review Knowledge and/or experience with project management including computer programs and construction/use of formulas in Excel 
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 of applications begins immediately Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 34,071 - $ 57,921 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.