Veterinary Research Specialist in Virology - Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (A1800050)

Champaign, IL
Jan 26, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Veterinary Research Specialist in Virology

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

INTRODUCTION: The University of Illinois - College of Veterinary Medicine is a leader in teaching, research, public service and engagement. The College performs a pivotal role in basic and translational biological and medical sciences. The UIUC Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory services are integral in problem solving for today's veterinarians and discovery for tomorrow's animal and human health applications.

The College of Veterinary Medicine's, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking a Veterinary Research Specialist to perform virology techniques in support of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory service. This is a regular, full time position in a laboratory that provides comprehensive clinical diagnostic and research services.

  • Responsible for the day-to-day processing of the Virology Section samples
  • Conduct antibody detection and titrations on serum or other appropriate body fluids using virus neutralization, ELISA, agar gel immunodiffusion, indirect fluorescent antibody and hemagglutination inhibition systems for diagnostic, NAHLN, and regulatory testing
  • Prepare tissues and body fluids from necropsy and clinical specimens for isolation and identification of animal viruses using cell cultures, cytostatic sections and fluorescent antibody staining including rabies samples.
  • Maintain log of diagnostic samples received and reporting of test results for the Virology section
  • Maintain and order sufficient inventory of necessary reagents and supplies
  • Supervise the operation, maintenance and monitoring calibration of equipment used in the Virology section
  • Draft or assist in the writing of the Virology Section SOP's and update as needed
  • Assist in the implementation of QA/QC requirements and in addressing AAVLD accreditation issues
  • Assist in the maintenance and storage of cell culture lines and primary cultures and assists in the preparation of the necessary cell culture media and diagnostic tests reagents.
  • Perform special techniques as necessary to assist in the identification and characterization of viruses
  • Develop new techniques or modify existing techniques and validates the use of such diagnostic tests
  • Instruct technical personnel, veterinary students on clinical rotation, students and veterinary medical employees in performing virology techniques
  • Assist in the washing, preparation and sterilization of necessary glassware


Candidates must possess a Bachelor's Degree in the Microbiology or related field. A minimum of two years' work experience is required. Experience in diagnostic virology is preferred. Familiarity with diagnostic virology techniques is also preferred.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

APPOINTMENT STATUS: This is a regular, full-time (100%) academic professional position (12 month, non-tenure tract). The laboratory operates 365 days/year and participation in a rotating weekend schedule is expected.

PROPOSED STARTING DATE: At the conclusion of the search.


To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 10, 2018. The review of applications will begin immediately. Interviews may occur prior to February 10, 2018; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date, and consideration will continue until suitable candidates are identified for the position. Interested applicants are invited to apply online at Applications should include a cover letter stating career goals and interests, curriculum vitae, and names including contact information for three or more references. Questions should be directed to:

Debbie Cassout

College of Veterinary Medicine

2001 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Veterinary Medicine
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Veterinary Research Specialist in Virology - Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (A1800050)
Open Date: 01/25/2018
Organization Name: Veterinary Diagnostic Lab


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