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Research Assistant (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Company: Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan
Posted on: December 27, 2018

Job Description:

Overview About this Role:The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a Research Assistant. This position is a late-shift (Tue-Sat) staff position that will assist in completing polymerase chain reactions (PCR) for detecting infectious agents like viruses and bacteria in samples submitted to the KSVDL for evaluation. This position will involve assisting in the preparation of chemicals and reagents in a molecular biology laboratory, recovering nucleic acids from veterinary clinical samples, completing real-time and traditional PCR assays using standard protocols, being able to successfully complete proficiency testing, and assisting in maintaining records and equipment. In addition, this position is also responsible in assisting with SOP review and preparation, training new student employees, and engaging rotating interns as needed. This is an essential position and may require variable work schedules, depending on workload.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: Handling and processing of veterinary samples submitted to the veterinary diagnostic laboratory (KSVDL) and assist in recovering nucleic acids. Attention to details and documentation at all steps of testing process is critical. Work extended hours when there is emergency testing request or outbreak situation. Ability to work independently or as a team.Assist in completing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detecting infectious agents like viruses and bacteria in samples submitted to the KSVDL for evaluation. Ability to organize effectively and multitask in a fast paced environment.Prepare media, controls, reagents, etc used in the laboratory. Complete real-time and traditional PCR assays using standard protocols Inventory, order supplies and reagents, and provide record keeping for accounting. Periodically update records/logs related to primer probe information and other reagents information as needed.Assist in master mix preparation and maintaining records and equipment. Perform quality control checks daily and weekly per AAVLD requirements. Participate in formal proficiency testing programs specific to the testing methods used within the laboratory.Assist with SOP reviews, preparation and updates. Provide assistance to clients as needed. Participate in student employee and other rotating intern-training activities. Should process strong communication both verbal and written. Required Minimum Qualifications: BS degree in biology or related science field Preferred Qualifications: MS degreeTwo or more years of experience in a diagnostic laboratory Special Instructions to Applicants:Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional referencesScreening of Applications Begins:Screening of applications begins immediatelySalary Range / Pay Rate:$ 16.71 - $ 28.40 per hourEqual 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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