-Experience in a veterinary diagnostic service or industrial biological laboratory. -Experience and/or demonstrated working knowledge of laboratory assays. -Experience or demonstrated knowledge of quality assurance/quality controls.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is accepting applications for a Research Associate I or Research Associate II to work within the Molecular, Virology, Heath Assurance Testing Service (HATS) section (MVHS) at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU VDL). The ISU VDL is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory engaged in missions of service, teaching and research on a daily basis. The laboratory receives more than 85,000 submissions from veterinarians and researchers annually.
As a Research Associate I, this position will provide expertise in veterinary laboratory diagnostic techniques and perform a variety of laboratory diagnostic assays. The position will perform virus isolation and propagation using cell culture. Additionally, the position will receive and process a wide spectrum of samples including tissues, blood, fecal samples, environmental samples, and other specimen types and is responsible for determining the suitability of the samples for testing. In some cases, contacting clients directly to discuss testing requests and results will be necessary. The Research Associate conducts polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based testing and analysis of results. Furthermore, the position performs antigen-capture Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), and fluorescent antibody testing for rabies and other viral agents. This position will evaluate the quality control of tests conducted and analyze test results. While this position may be involved with some small research projects related to test development, the primary function of this position will be performance of diagnostic tests on samples submitted to the laboratory. The position may train new technical staff in conducting a variety of laboratory procedures. In collaboration with other research associates, this position will facilitate the quality assurance program of the laboratory.
As a Research Associate II, this position will perform the duties described for a Research Associate I and have the ability to perform a much broader scope of diagnostic testing and associated tasks that makes the Research Associate II position more versatile in multiple testing roles throughout the laboratory. The primary function of this position is to perform multiple, highly complex, real-time, gel-based or quantitative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) based testing using different PCR platforms followed by thorough analysis of the results. In addition, this position will be responsible for conducting PCR tests implemented by the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. This position requires independent interpretation of test results and troubleshooting unexpected testing outcomes, inconsistent or inaccurate results and/or laboratory cross-contamination. Additional testing may include, but is not limited to, viral and bacterial genetic sequencing, cell culture using a variety of cell lines, virus isolation and fluorescent antibody testing for rabies. In collaboration with the other section employees, this position will facilitate the quality assurance program of the laboratory. This position will evaluate the quality control of tests that are conducted, and actively participate in evaluating the performance of existing and newly developed tests as well as writing detailed standard operating procedures for diagnostic tests, processing, virus isolation and personal protective equipment. This position will require more extensive contact with clients to discuss testing needs, clarify test requests, explain unexpected results, and conduct retests where needed.
The successful candidate will possess strong math skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and problem solving abilities. The ability to adapt to changing workloads and assignments and the capability to work well within a team environment are essential to being successful in this position. The successful candidate will also have the ability to work in a high volume, high paced service lab and to work weekends and variable work hours as needed.
Additional knowledge, skills, or abilities needed in order to carry out the duties of this position:
Ability to accurately distinguish color is required to work within the ISU VDL for fluorescent antibody testing and using the ISU VDL laboratory information management system (LIMS) system.
Knowledge of broad based expertise in laboratory techniques and instruments.
Ability to adapt to changing workloads and duty assignments dependent on section needs.
Ability to learn and use computer programs such as Excel and the ISU LIMS program.
High level math skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to pay close attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to provide timely reporting.
The schedule for this position may shift outside 8:00 AM â 5:00 PM, with variable hours and will include weekends.
The University is in the process of implementing a new classification and compensation structure. The impending change is expected to be completed by Fall 2020. Any P&S employee hired through this posting may be assigned a new title and associated pay grade upon the employment start date (and after the initial offer), commensurate with qualifications required for the position. The duties and responsibilities of the posted position, in addition to compensation offered, will not be affected by this process.
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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Original Posting Date:
July 31, 2020
Posting Close Time:
This posting will close at 12:00 AM CST on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM CST the day prior.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.