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Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Apply now Department: 3670080080 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Job no: 510235
Employment 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 is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant. The incumbent in this position has the responsibility of performing laboratory experiments using Illumina and Nanpore next generation sequencing platforms. In addition, the incumbent will run bioinformatics pipelines to be used in combination with NGS results. To achieve the objectives, job responsibilities include; handling and processing various animal specimens, nucleic acid extraction of both RNA and DNA using different nucleic acid extraction methods, real-time PCR detection of a variety of animal pathogens, conducting scientific literature searches, compiling laboratory procedures for publication, presenting scientific data when appropriate and ensure quality control standards are met on laboratory assays.

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: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits 

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:

  • Next Generation sequencing using Nanopore and Illumina platforms of inactivated and live viral samples. Facilitate laboratory bench work needed for molecular diagnostic test improvement and development. This involves the completion of multi-step laboratory procedures including nucleic acid extraction and purification of both RNA and DNA from specimens of different sources, library preparation, data analysis and PCR detection of various pathogens. Ensures quality control thresholds are met on laboratory procedures.
  • Run bioinformatic pipelines for NGS applications. This includes running software on Linux and Windows operating systems, running pipelines and communicating the significance of the output.
  • Review of literature is required for the identification of molecular targets that can be used for diagnostic assay designs, and review methodology-related literature for the application and modification of relevant methods that can be used in laboratory procedures. Compiles laboratory procedures for publications and presents data at scientific meetings when appropriate.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Biology, Bioinformatics or other related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Biology, Bioinformatics or a related field
  • Strong background in bioinformatics, PCR or NGS
  • Previous research experience is 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 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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