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Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Apply now Department: 3670080080 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Job no: 505033
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants, Veterinary Medicine

About this Role:

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a Research Assistant. The person in this position will perform histology duties related to service and research. Duties will included trimming (grossing) of fixed biopsy and necropsy tissues, embedding tissues in paraffin wax, cutting tissues on a microtome and preparing glass slides of the tissues in accordance with those QA/QC guidelines of an AAVLD accredited laboratory. Also, routine filing of slides, tissue blocks, data entry, operating and maintaining automated histology equipment, immunohistochemical staining, disposing of tissues, and writing and updating standard operating procedures. Significant attention must be given to the KSVDL QMS (Quality Management System) and subsequent compliance.

We Support 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. 

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Prepare tissue sections for histopathology: diagnostic and research samples (glass slides). Embed processed tissues in paraffin wax, cut tissue sections on microtome and prepare glass slides, stain tissue sections using appropriate stains for routine histopathology (H&E) and special stains as requested, and coverslip slides (all steps of producing glass slides from beginning to end). Perform special stains to determine the presence of fungi, bacteria, mycobacteria or other infectious agents/abnormal cellular morphology in formalin fixed tissue sections. Maintain embedding station, autostainers and automatic coverslipper, and tissue processors.
  • Trim biopsy, necropsy, and research tissues for histopathology. This task includes trimming samples for margin evaluation when necessary, documenting tissue/biopsy samples received, and providing written images/drawings/photographs for use by the pathologist reading the slides. Includes writing on or printing cassettes with the semi-automated cassette printer, cleaning and maintaining the trim areas and associated equipment.
  • Other duties as required to assist in the histopathology and immunohistochemistry areas. Cross-train in other areas of the laboratory to assist when help is needed for high workload times or when other laboratory personnel are absent. These procedures include immunohistochemistry of infectious agents and cell identification for diagnostic and research material. Assistance in multiple tasks for the process of immunohistochemical staining for prion diseases (scrapie, chronic wasting disease), interpretation of diagnostic testing. This includes, but not limited to, reading fluorescent antibody stained slides. Perform routine digital slide scanning. Assists in writing standard operating procedures and other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
  • Additional duties include maintaining the downstains trim room, maintaining inventory of trimming supplies, discard tissues as needed, tidy the room as needed. Dispose of tissues after set dates and as cleared by pathologists/supervisor. File paraffin blocks, slides and paperwork, entering specimen data on computers in current LIS.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry, animal science or other related fields

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Histology experience
  • One year in a wet laboratory environment
  • Familiarity with laboratory tests and procedures
  • Working knowledge of chemistry
  • Familiarity with animal diseases and interest in animals
  • Team player that maintains harmonious working relationships with co-workers and other employees
  • Positive customer service attitude 
  • Certification in histotechnology, ASCP [histotechnician (HT) or histotechnologist (HTL) preferred

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references 

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications begins immediately 

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$ 16.71 - $ 28.40 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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