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Fellow (Post Doc) (Diagnostic Medicine Pathobiology - Plum Island Animal Disease Center)

Apply now Department: 3670080040 Diagnostic Medicne Pathobiolog
Job no: 505183
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants, Veterinary Medicine
Pay Grade: 001

About this Role:

The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology is seeking applicants for a Fellow (Post Doc) for independent research involving viruses such as influenza, Foot and Mount Disease Virus, African swine fever virus, Rift Valley fever virus, Vesicular Stomatis Virus and other select agents. Includes the development of DIVA compatible vaccines for ASF in pigs, a universal vaccine for influenza, pen-side diagnostic development with POCKIT/PCR platform, MAPIA diagnostics, and monoclonal antibody development to select agent recombinant proteins. This position is part of a very busy, successful research team whose main goal is to develop rationally designed vaccines and diagnostics against high-consequence foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic disease threats such as Foot and Mouth Disease, Rift Valley fever virus, African swine fever virus, and highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. The position requires the individual to display critical thinking and independent judgement as it relates to ongoing and new molecular, viral research with direct guidance from Research Science Manager and Primary Investigator. The research is conducted at the BSL2 and BSL3 level of containment and utilizes several select target animal models such as pigs, cows, chickens and mice. The position requires the acquisition and maintenance of a DOJ Select Agent clearance.

This position will require the individual to move to New York State and work at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIACD) for several months to years for ongoing animal research studies.

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:

  • Conduct infectious disease research in support of viral pathogenesis ad vaccine studies as a member of a large, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to travel to Plum Island Animal Disease Center to serve as a collaborative team member between PIADC and KSU on research studies between the two facilities lasting several months to years.
  • Experience in immunological techniques to include immune cell isolation, flow cytometric staining, flow cytometry experience, ELISA, EliSpot, immunoblotting, immunoprecipitation and immunohistochemistry.
  • Generate monoclonal antibodies to select agent recombinant proteins.
  • Provide technical support in recombinant DNA technology, molecular biology techniques such as RT-PCR, PCR.
  • Expression and affinity purification of recombinant proteins using mammalian cells/insect cells/yeast/E.coli.
  • Work with animals [cows, sheep, pigs and mice- inoculation/bleeding/isolation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells and serum] at the BSL2 and BSL3 level of containment.
  • Develop, plan, and record experiments.
  • Write and edit manuscripts and/or articles for publications and/or presentations.
  • Process and prepare experimental data for statistical analysis.
  • Hands-on training of new students/visiting scholars/collaborators.
  • Provide oversight of daily programmatic activities.
  • Provide lab management support (lab inventory/manage lab sample repositories), and ensure compliance with university regulations.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of DVM or graduate degree – MS or PhD in science related field
  • 5+ years of Molecular laboratory experience – PCR, RT-PCR, cloning, cell culture techniques, western blotting, affinity purification of recombinant proteins using eukaryotic/prokaryotic cells or cell-free systems, conducting safety and immunogenicity studies, immunological assays, virological assays, poster presentations and/or presentation at local, university or national meetings
  • Ability to work with animals in the BSL2 and BSL3 level of biocontainment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • DVM with Masters or PhD in immunology, molecular biology, virology, or related field
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience generating live-vectored subunit vaccines, generation and affinity purification of recombinant proteins using eukaryotic/prokaryotic cells or cell-free systems, cell culture techniques, conducting safety and immunogenicity studies in cattle, sheep, pigs, and/or mice hands-on experience conducting, conducting EliSpot assays in mammals or other immunological assays, flow cytometric techniques, PCR, RT-PCR, reverse genetic systems, plaque assays, hemaggutination assay, monoclonal antibody production in mice, manuscript editing, poster presentations and/or presentation at local, university or national meetings, published articles in nationally/globally recognized scientific journals
  • Experience working or conducting studies with animals – rodents, food animals, and/or companion animals. Molecular or virological laboratory experience - virus isolation, virus purification, virus titration, western blotting, affinity purification of recombinant proteins using eukaryotic/prokaryotic cells or cell-free systems, conducting safety. 

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:

$ 48,000 - $ 70,000 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. 

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