Research Assistant

    Research Assistant Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

    Website Kansas State University

    Department: 3670080080 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
    Job no: 513142
    Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified – Term)
    Location: Manhattan, Kansas
    Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants, Veterinary Medicine
    Pay Grade: 06B

    About This Role:

    The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant. The main function of the position is to collect and analyze genome sequences of different pathogens, and identify conserved regions for the diagnostic assay design. He/she is also to work on the analytical and diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of the designed assay by testing the assay on positive control templates and diagnostic samples, and to optimize the assay conditions to reach best possible sensitivity and specificity.


    Genomic sequence collection and analysis for targeted pathogens. Design primers to detect and differentiate different genotypes and serotypes of targeted pathogens. Analytical assessment of sensitivity and specificity of designed primers in multiplexed conditions. Provide molecular diagnostic services with data interpretations.
    Draft experimental procedures, result summary, meeting abstract and manuscript.
    Involve in routine lab maintenance activities including ordering, data backing up, BLS2 and PCR hood maintenance, and other activities.

    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

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree
    • Experience in molecular biology, especially in molecular assay development and validation; knowledge and experience on basic bioinformatics including sequence analysis and molecular assay design.

    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. Resume
    2. Cover letter
    3. Contact information for three professional references

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

    Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

    $18.13 – $30.80 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.

    Advertised: Jun 02, 2022 Central Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled

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