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Research Technician

Apply now Department: 3670020060 Biology
Job no: 504355
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Applied Sciences, Natural / Physical Sciences, Research / Scientific / Grants

About This Role:

Research Technician to support laboratory research experiments with the aim of understanding the genetic basis of cell migration using the fruit fly model system.

The McDonald lab studies how cells move within the three-dimensional environment of tissues, both during development of organisms and in cancer. Specifically, we use the Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) model to identify new genes involved in cell migration, using a combination of live imaging, genetics and cell biological approaches. We have collaborations with researchers to apply this fundamental knowledge to tumor invasion of human glioblastoma, a devastating brain cancer. Techniques to be used include immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence of tissues, fluorescence microscopy, live cell imaging, cell culture, molecular biology and biochemistry techniques using standard molecular biology laboratory protocols, and genetic manipulation of Drosophila. The researcher will be expected to support the lab maintenance and will provide both intellectual and technical input into projects within the lab.

Why Join Us:

The Division of Biology is one of the largest research units at Kansas State University averaging $8M in extramural funding per year.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • High School diploma

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a research laboratory environment.
  • BA or BS in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related life sciences field.
  • Familiarity with Drosophila or other genetic/model organisms, immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence techniques, microscopy, and/or molecular biology techniques.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

$13.20-$22.44 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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