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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor - Virologist/Microbiologist

Apply now Department: 3670080040 Diagnostic Medicne Pathobiolog
Job no: 513859
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Veterinary Medicine
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) and Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology (DMP), College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University are seeking an enthusiastic team-oriented virologist/microbiologist that is a collaborative team player.  The position is clinical-track Molecular Veterinary Virologist/Microbiologist at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. 

The responsibility of the position is to provide a strong service component that includes extensive use of Next Generation Sequencing in diagnostics, coordination of molecular analysis and interpretation of cases submitted to the KSVDL and research using NGS. For the research component the position will also involve applied research associated with diagnostic case material, emerging disease investigations, and collaborative research projects, , participating in field investigations along with practitioner clients and Outreach personnel, contributing microbiological, (primarily virology) and molecular diagnostic expertise for new agent discovery investigations and research projects, and providing expertise and leadership during emerging animal/zoonotic disease events. The KSVDL NGS laboratory is equipped with two iSeqs, one MiSeq, and a brand new PacBio; there is also access to a NextSeq.  Be a leader in the development of veterinary and agriculture research and service on the new PacBio.  Cooperation and collaboration with specialists across diagnostic medicine/science disciplines to determine and address the complex nature of case material, disease investigations and research will be required.  There will be active interaction and communication with other KSVDL diagnosticians and outreach personnel, practicing veterinarians, research scientists, and regulatory agencies in selected situations. Teaching responsibilities are expected to be minimal and would primarily involve interacting with veterinary students during rotations through KSVDL (VDMP 902), diagnostic medicine interns and resident trainees in the training programs and Graduate student committee activities. 

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.  The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a molecular/NGS and bioinformatics background, functional diagnostic laboratory background, a strong history of relationships with food animal production veterinarians and/or a DVM or equivalent degree.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should submit:

  1. Letter of application that includes a statement of career goals
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Three references

Review of Applications Begins:

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. 

Additional Information

For additional information contact the chair of the committee, Dr. Jianfa Bai (

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is an AAVLD-accredited full service veterinary diagnostic laboratory.  Information regarding the laboratory and the teaching/research/scholarly activity opportunities within KSVDL and DMP is available on our web sites ( and 

The successful candidate will join a growing community of scientists affiliated with KSU and federal and regional centers including the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (, the Arthropod-borne Animal Diseases Research Unit (, and the Biosecurity Research Institute ( 

Manhattan, KS is a vibrant university city that offers a high quality of life with great opportunities for outdoor recreation, dining, cultural opportunities, great public schools, and close proximity to larger urban centers.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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