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Kansas State University
Posted: 12/21/2021
Research Assistant - Virology (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)

Research Assistant - Virology (Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory)


Department: 3670080080 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

Job no: 511659

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 (KSVDL) within the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Research Assistant in the Virology Laboratory. The duties of this position include performing tests on various analytes such as serum, fetal fluid, and tissues using Serum Neutralization (SN), Hemagglutination Inhibition (HI), Virus Isolation, Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) and Immunoflourscence Assay (IFA) or other tests to detect titers, abnormalities, or disease and enter findings into current Laboratory Information Management System. Set up, adjust, maintain and clean laboratory equipment and maintain the quality system through document reviews, trend analysis for all tests as well as corrective action reports and ensuring the quality of test results.


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

Duties / Responsibilities:


• Learn and perform techniques listed below or as requested by section head/laboratory supervisor.

SN (Serum Neutralizations):


• Make serial dilutions of test samples and controls on a 96-well plate

• Prepare stock virus, including obtaining virus, proper dilutions of stock for test, setting up back titrations

• Make cell culture suspension using appropriate cell line and concentration for each test

• Heat inactivation of samples and creation of worksheets for SNs scheduled to be run


HI (Hemagglutination Inhibition):


• Make serial dilutions of test samples and controls on a 96-well V bottom plate

• Prepare stock virus, including obtaining virus, proper dilutions of the stock for test, setting up back titrations

• Make blood suspension using appropriate blood type and concentration for each HI test

• Heat inactivation of samples and creation of worksheets for HI scheduled to be run

• Prepare sample set up using correct concentration of PBS (Phosphate Buffered Saline) and blood ELISA:

• Perform Antigen and Antibody ELISAs according to approved protocols or manufacturers' specifications




• Make and/or have in stock plates and slides

• Dilute samples appropriately

• Use appropriate FITC conjugate

• Read using fluorescent microscope




• Perform daily maintenance of cell cultures including feeding and splitting

• Make cultures for procedures in other laboratories

• Freeze down cell stock and maintain liquid nitrogen log




• Culture laboratory strain viruses for assay stocks by inoculating into cell cultures

• Harvest viral fluids and perform titrations to determine the titer of the stock

• Aliquot appropriate volumes of virus, label vials, and record stock information for quality assurance purposes




• Process tissue samples and prepare other clinical specimens for inoculation

• Perform basic VI's with prepared specimens, inoculating samples into seeded culture flasks or plates

• Monitor cultures for viral growth through light microscopy

• Identify viral pathogens through fluorescent antibody procedures




• Assign sample identity

• Order tests

• Create results worksheets

• Review results

• Finalize test results




• Perform quality assessment and quality control documentation needed for the Lab to stay in compliance with regulations

• Assist in SOP updates

• Corrective actions

• Perform other duties assigned by sections head or supervisor in the lab




• Keep supply inventory

• Order items as needed according to approved budget

• MAS200

• Assist customers via phone, email


Required Minimum Qualifications:


• Bachelor of Science in Virology, Microbiology or related field


Preferred Qualifications:


• At least two years of laboratory experience

• Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills


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:

$ 17.77 - $ 30.20 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: Oct 26, 2021


Application Closes: Open until filled


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