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Research Technologist (Biosecurity Research Institute)

Apply now Department: 3670050040 Biosecurity Research Institute
Job no: 510017
Work type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) is hiring for a Research Technologist. This individual will assist the supervisory Animal Health Officer with broad support and coordination of activities associated with infectious disease research and food security studies. Responsibilities include waste management, decontamination, adherence to animal welfare regulations, assisting research teams in project planning and operational logistics, and training research staff on procedures, protocols, and equipment operation. Duties include report generation, database inputs, and user interface, work with large animals (livestock) and small lab animals (rodents and rabbits) in BSL-3 and BSL3-Ag research projects, assisting with coordinating animal space use, assisting with technical procedures involving animals as required for research projects, decontaminating spaces and equipment and equipment with specialized technologies, and removal and decontamination of waste via alkaline hydrolysis tissue digestion equipment and autoclave sterilization. The position also supports necessary coordination for unique biocontainment areas used in food safety and security studies.  Weekend work will occur based on research projects. This is a limited-term position. 

Why Join Us:

The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Pat Roberts Hall on the Kansas State University Manhattan campus is a unique biocontainment research and education facility that has helped Kansas State University become a national leader in biodefense research.

  • The BRI is the home of comprehensive infectious disease research to address threats to plant, animal, and human health, including food-borne pathogens. Read more about the research performed here.
  • The BRI is unique in its capacity to perform multidisciplinary research on multiple pathogens and host species within a single facility. Find out more about our facility and capabilities.
  • The BRI is committed to training the next generation of scientists who will study recurring and emerging infectious diseases. BSL-3, ABSL-3, and BSL3-Ag spaces offer a diverse range of research and educational opportunities. Explore education and training at the BRI.
  • The BRI offers highly trained staff and unparalleled research support.

The BRI played a critical role in the selection of Manhattan as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). Research, education, and training at the BRI are closely aligned with NBAF needs and priorities.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and 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 Requirements:

  • Requires an associate degree and two or more years of relevant experience. This position may use an educational equivalency as determined relevant by a hiring manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a biocontainment facility at biosafety level 3 and biosafety level 3Ag.
  • AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level.
  • Working knowledge of Windows-based software, including, word processing and spreadsheets.
  • One or more years of research animal care experience involving infectious disease research projects using both large (livestock) and small lab animals.
  • Experience in the application of biological safety principles and practices as applicable to infectious disease research involving animals.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Obtain ALAT certificate within 14 months of hire.
  • Attend and remain current on institutional and regulatory required training.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively with office staff, researchers, facilities design and maintenance personnel, laboratory technical staff, external contractors, etc.
  • Ability to learn and stay current in the rapidly advancing fields of animal biosafety and biocontainment.
  • The position will require work on weekends as needed to fulfill research schedules, on a shared shift schedule with other employees.
  • Total hours will not typically exceed 40/week with equivalent weekdays off when weekend work is necessitated.
  • Valid driver's license upon employment
  • Ability to undergo and maintain a favorable background investigation and National Select Agent Registration security risk assessment.
  • Ability to undergo and maintain a final US Government security clearance if required.
  • Ability to pass a baseline physical.
  • Physical requirements include carrying equipment and instrumentation (up to 50lbs.), walking (up to 2 miles per day), climbing (areas not easily accessible), standing (up to several hours), and moving heavy objects (25-100 lbs.). Ability to wear personal protective equipment such as respiratory protection, Tyvek, boots, gloves, etc.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references with contact information

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$17.42-$23.51 per hour ($36,240 - $48,910 annually)

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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