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Research Assistant - Serology (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Apply now Department: 3670080080 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Job no: 508482
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants, Veterinary Medicine
Pay Grade: 06B

About this Role:

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant. This position is responsible for performing tests on various analytes such as serum, whole blood, plasma, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and mild using agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID), ELISA, indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA), agglutination, radial immunodiffusion (RID), and SNAP to detect titers or disease and enter findings into computer. Other responsibilities include setting up, adjusting, maintaining, and cleaning laboratory equipment and maintaining the quality system through document reviews as well as corrective action responses and ensuring the quality of the test results.

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:

  • Serological Assays: Perform testing (including Laboratory Information Management, sample preparation, reagent preparation, equipment calibration,and serial dilution as necessary) according to approved protocols or manufactures specifications for the following assays/methods:
    • AGAR GEL IMMUNODIFFUSION (AGID) for Avian Influenza {Al), Blue Tongue (BT), Bovine Leukemia (BLV), Caprine Arthritis-Encephalitis (CAD), Ovine Progressive Pneumonia (OPP), Epizootic Hemmorrhagic (EHD), Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), lmmunodiffusion and (ID) Fungals
    • ELISA tests for Blue Tongue (BT), Bovine Leukemia (BLV), Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis and Maedi-Visinia Virus (CAE-MVV), Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), Mycobacterium Paratuberculosis (Johne''s), Anaplasma, Bovine Pregnancy, and Toxoplasmosis
    • INDIRECT FLUORESCENT ANTIBODY (IFA): Ehrlichia canis, Lyme, Leishmania infantum, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
    • AGGLUTINATION TESTS: Canine Brucellosis and Brucella abortis Perform latex agglutination tests for Crypotococcus
    • RADIAL IMMUNODIFFUSION (RID): for bovine and camelid
    • SNAP test for foal lgG and feline leukemia (Felv) and feline immunodeficiency (FIV) combo


  • Perform quality assessment and quality control documentation needed for the Lab to stay in compliance with regulations
  • SOP creation, review and updating
  • Oversee maintenance and inventory of equipment in Serology Lab
  • Corrective Actions
  • Participate in formal proficiency testing programs specific to test methods used within the laboratory
  • Obtained required training and get lab ready for inspections
  • Serology trainer for student workers and new personnel


  • Assisting customers via phone, email, and fax
  • Provide assistance with clients concerning test selection, result interpretation and how that relates to the testing the laboratory does


  • Prepare reagents and solutions for use in diagnostic tests
  • Primary technician responsible for maintenance and upkeep of Leptospirosis cultures
  • Record temperatures and equipment readiness for QA/QC program
  • Filling tip boxes and restocking of physical inventory necessary for the function of the laboratory
  • General upkeep and cleaning of the laboratory when necessary

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient computer skills including experience with databases, spreadsheets, word processing and data entry
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Two or more years of laboratory experience
  • Demonstrates proficiency with fluorescence microscopy methods and biosafety training and practices
  • Bachelor of Science with emphasis in microbiology, virology, and serology 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:

$ 17.05 - $ 24.03 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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