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Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Apply now Department: 3670080080 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Job no: 509673
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 (KSVDL) within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant. The personnel in this position will support the testing in the rabies laboratory including the performance of stocking reagents, and supplies, autoclaving, washing dishes, inventory control and ordering, and equipment preventative maintenance. Also, rabies antibody analyses on human and animal sera including aiding in serum neutralization and ELISA assays, the interpretation and reporting of serological and diagnostic results, and maintaining the quality system through documentation, review, and trend analysis for all tests as well as corrective action reports and ensuring the quality of 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:

  • Support for Rabies Serological Assays: Autoclaving glassware, water, and waste; washing dishes, inventory control, ordering, coordinating student worker assignments, and equipment preventative maintenance. Includes sample preparation, serum dilutions, and cell staining as well as data entry of test submissions, test results, and quality control tracking and report generation.
  • Quality System: Perform quality assessment and quality control documentation needed for the Rabies Lab to stay in compliance with regulations, assist in SOP updates, and Corrective Actions.
  • Customer Service: Assisting in customers via phone, email, and fax. Provide assistance with clients concerning test submission, result interpretation, rabies vaccination protocols, and how that relates to the testing the laboratory does. Provide assistance with clients concerning rabies diagnostic issues.
  • Rabies diagnostic assays: Includes sample collection, sample preparation, fixing, and staining. Result data entry, including quality control data. Reporting by phone and fax.
  • All other duties as assigned which include but are not limited to: performing ELISA assays, maintaining cell lines, and general housekeeping.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or related sciences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One or more years of laboratory experience in clinical laboratory test procedures, and quality review
  • Basic computer skills including databases, spreadsheets, word processing and data entry
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal, and organizational 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 - $ 29.61 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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