Employment Opportunities


Research Associate

A full-time Research Associate position is available in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. The candidate will devote 70% time to laboratory management and administration of research laboratories, and 30% time to research activities at both the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at BSL2, BSL3 and BSL3-Ag bio-containment levels.

Successful candidates will be responsible for overall management and coordination of laboratory operations including ordering supplies; purchasing and maintaining equipment; training new employees in laboratory techniques at BSL2, BSL3, and BSL3-Ag levels; ability to undergo and maintain a favorable background investigation and National Select Agent Registration security risk assessment, including Tier 1 Suitability Assessment.  Ability to undergo and maintain a final US Government security clearance if required.   Ensuring laboratory safety requirements are met; advising on and reviewing research protocols; and maintaining  inventories including accurately maintaining Select Agent inventories as mandated by the USDA.   The candidate will also assist in preparing data for publication and technical editing or formatting of manuscripts for submission to select journals, and help with preparation of regulatory documents such as laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) applications and processing of import permits and biological shipping documents.

Other laboratory duties will include assisting with routine virology and molecular biology techniques such as RT-PCR, PCR, cloning, maintaining various cell cultures, propagating viral stocks, maintaining accurate records, and general laboratory maintenance; and assisting with animal handling procedures in BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-3 Ag bio-containment which include challenge of animals with various agents, taking blood samples and necropsy of various animal species.

The successful candidate must be able to work independently; have training in molecular biology techniques and cell culture experience; animal handling (laboratory rodents and/or livestock/wildlife) experience; and basic Microsoft Office knowledge and skills. Individuals possessing an M.S. in virology, immunology, microbiology or equivalent and extensive laboratory experience (at least 5+ years) are encouraged to apply.  Select Agent and DOJ clearance is required for this position.  Salary is commensurate with training and experience.

Apply by submitting a curriculum vitae and names and contact information of three references to Wendy Michaels, wmichael@vet.k-state.edu. Applicant screening will begin June 13, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Kansas State University is an EOE of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Background check required. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees.