Available Title(s): 1161-YN_ADMINPRO - Scientific Assistant
Business Title: Laboratory Manager
Employee Type: Admin. Professional
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
Summary of Duties:
The Department of Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) within the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is hiring a laboratory manager to perform diagnostic work with emerging and reportable aquatic animal pathogens, coordinate laboratory functions and perform research projects in the Waltzek Laboratory.
Specific research projects in the Waltzek Lab include the detection, characterization, and epidemiology of emerging aquatic animal viruses. Dr. Waltzek has authored or coauthored more than 80 manuscripts on alloherpesviruses and iridoviruses including how these viral pathogens (and other fungal pathogens) have negatively impacted the culture and conservation of white sturgeon in the Pacific Northwest, pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River Basin, lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes Basin, and Siberian sturgeon in Florida. Currently, the laboratory is engaged in iridoviral and alloherpesviral research including the development of improved surveillance assays, understanding the distribution and spread of these emerging pathogens through molecular epidemiology, and developing chemotherapeutic options to curb their impact on farmed and wild aquatic animals. The successful applicant will join a dedicated team focused on research, service and scholarship.
A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.
Knowledge of laboratory safety, aseptic technique, proper use of an automated pipette, proper use of microscope.
Skills to use laboratory equipment including: pipettors, centrifuges, electronic balances, electrophoresis apparatus, pH meter, PCR instruments and photo documentation equipment.
Experience with aseptic technique and molecular biological techniques including PCR and agarose gel electrophoresis.
Skills to perform complex established protocols.
Skills to perform basic mathematical calculations required to accurately prepare molar solutions and dilutions.
Knowledge of how to handle/dispose of infectious materials.
Skills to order and maintain laboratory supplies.
Skills and attention to detail required to maintain a clean and safe laboratory environment.
Basic knowledge of laboratory procedures in biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
Skills to perform molecular biological and immunological assays.
Good knowledge of: laboratory terminology, equipment, materials, and procedures, and the fundamental laboratory methods relating micro- and cell biology.
Experience: performing standardized laboratory tests according to prescribed procedures; calculating and recording test results; maintaining a clean, sterile, and safe laboratory environment; keeping detailed inventory of materials and samples.
In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For more information regarding Administrative Professional (AP) Compensation at Washington State University (WSU), please visit the following website: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/classification-compensation/ap-compensation-structure/.
WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.
Applicants must submit their completed application by Monday, December 11,2023 at 11:59 p.m.
This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and resume/cv to their online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications.
External candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/CV' section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/Cover Letter' section of your application.
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Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible.
Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application.
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