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Research Assistant

Apply now Department: 3670010110 Plant Pathology
Job no: 513686
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

The Integrated Genomics Facility ( in the Department of Plant Pathology is searching for a Research Assistant with experience in molecular biology techniques. The successful candidate will assist researchers working in the field of genomics and support ongoing research projects as needed, provide DNA sequencing and other services for facility clients using modern genomic technologies, conduct literature search to identify most optimal approaches for experimental procedures, ensure that all research data pass quality control and submitted for analysis.

Duties / Responsibilities:

DNA sequencing service: includes DNA and RNA isolation, next and third generation sequencing library preparation, quality control, and quantification, sequencing run set up and data quality assessment. May include graduate student training.

Other duties as assigned: which include but not limited to DNA and RNA quantification and quality assessment, DNA fragmentation, targeted DNA size selection, quantitative Real Time PCR. Provide assistance to first time users of Genomics Facility equipment and software. Maintain records of experiments conducted. SOP preparation and necessary updates. Place orders for chemicals and other laboratory supplies as needed to maintain stocks and conduct planned experiments.

Training Workshops: Provide assistance with organization and teaching of training workshops sponsored by the genomic facility. Assist with development of training material for the workshops.

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 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, genetics or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in molecular biology, genetics or related field.
  • DNA sequencing, next and third generation sequencing, Real Time PCR.
  • One year of laboratory experience in genomics or molecular biology.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to work in multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and react rapidly to changes in direction.
  • Computer skills including word, excel, PowerPoint.

Other Requirements:

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

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. CV or resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact information for three current professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by 2/10/2023.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$18.13 - $19.72 per hour

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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