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Research Assistant - Molecular (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Apply now Department: 3670080080 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Job no: 502801
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Veterinary Medicine

General Description of Position: The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant position in the Molecular Laboratory. This position will assist in completing polymerase chain reactions (PCR) for detecting infectious agents like viruses and bacteria in samples submitted to the KSVDL for evaluation. This position will involve assisting in the preparation of chemicals and reagents in a molecular biology laboratory, recovering nucleic acids from veterinary clinical samples, completing real-time and traditional PCR assays using standard protocols, being able to successfully complete proficiency testing, and assisting in maintaining records and equipment. In addition, this position is also responsible in assisting with SOP review and preparation, training new student employees, and engaging rotating interns as needed. This is an essential position and may require variable work schedules, depending on workload.
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: - Handling and processing of veterinary samples submitted to the veterinary diagnostic laboratory (KSVDL) and assist in recovering nucleic acids.

- Assist in completing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detecting infectious agents like viruses and bacteria in samples submitted to the KSVDL for evaluation.

- Prepare media, controls, reagents, etc used in the laboratory. Complete real-time and traditional PCR assays using standard protocols Inventory, order supplies and reagents, and provide record keeping for accounting. Periodically update records/logs related to primer probe information and other reagents information as needed.

- Assist in master mix preparation and maintaining records and equipment. Perform quality control checks daily and weekly per AAVLD requirements. Participate in formal proficiency testing programs specific to the testing methods used within the laboratory.

- Assist with SOP reviews, preparation and updates. Provide assistance to clients as needed. Participate in student employee and other rotating intern-training activities. 

Required Minimum Qualifications: - B.S. degree in Biology or related science field
Preferred Qualifications:  
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 immediately
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.
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. 

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