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Research Assistant - Processing (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Apply now Department: 3670080080 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Job no: 509287
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 applications for a Research Assistant. The personnel in this position will conduct test in the rabies laboratory including the performance of rabies antibody analyses on human and animal sera including serum neutralization and ELISA assays, the interpretation and reporting of serological and diagnostic results and maintaining the quality of test results. The person in this position will also assist with program operations including monitoring quality control data, accuracy of test result entry, SOP preparation and necessary updates.

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.

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Rabies Serology pre-analytical work including: receiving all packages, opening packages, organizing samples, pour off of samples (human and animal blood/CSF samples), detailed data entry of test submissions and assignment of LIMS accession number, rack and data entry verification, pre-testing procedures (heat inactivation and sample storage); assist with student training, scheduling, and questions; lead essential pre-analytical processes.
  • Support for Rabies Serological Assays: Autoclaving glassware, water, and waste; washing dishes, inventory control and stocking of supplies, preparing in-house reagents, compiling daily/weekly/monthly required documentation for review, ensuring workspaces are in working order, and performing general housekeeping.
  • Preventative maintenance and Quality Systems: Preforming daily, weekly, and monthly internal preventative maintenance of equipment and annual post pipettes service internal calibrations; ensuring all equipment in use is in date and in working order. Perform quality assignments and quality control documentation needed for the Rabies Laboratory to stay in compliance with regulations, assist with SOP updates, and Corrective actions reports.
  • Customer Service: Assisting clients via phone, fax, and email; Provide assistance with clients concerning test submissions, result interpretations, rabies vaccination protocols, and turnaround time; contacting clients due to errors on test submissions.
  • All other duties that are assigned (not limited to): assist with analytical and post- analytical rabies serology procedures, assist with rabies diagnostic samples or ELISA assay, and cross-training.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in biology or related science

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some experience in a clinical laboratory environment
  • Experience managing students or supervising or training
  • Excellent written and oral, interpersonal, organization and communication skills
  • Competent computer skills

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 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$17.42 - $25.00 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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