Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

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

General Description of Position: The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant. This position has the responsibility of developing and performing laboratory experiments to develop a real time RT-PCR for various bovine and porcine pathogens.  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:
  • Bench work: Assist with laboratory bench work needed for test improvement and development. This involves the completion of complex, multi-step laboratory procedures including; nucleic acid extraction and purification of both RNA and DNA from animal specimens, using both magnetic bead nucleic acid and spin column chemistry, and TaqMan qPCR for the detection of various pathogens, animal cell culture, and viral and bacterial expansion and isolation. The position’s primary focus is on wet bench aspects of Next Generation Sequencing on the Illumina and Ion Torrent. Experience with Next Generation Sequencing is preferred, but not required. 
  • Literature review: Review of primary and secondary literature is required to formulate accurate and precise experimental designs and proposals. This not only includes material directly related to the experimentation, but all related biological (human and veterinary), physical, mathematical, statistical and ethical fields.
  • Lab Maintenance: Maintain laboratory environment, which includes; taking inventory of supplies, attending educational meetings, training and assisting undergraduate students.
Required Minimum Qualifications: BA or BS degree  Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge and experience with PCR.  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. Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.