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Biosecurity Research Institute


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We value teamwork, diversity, and personal growth; these values form a solid foundation for our organizational goals of promoting safe, inventive research to benefit our region, our nation, and our world. Our team takes pride in supporting the important research activities conducted at our facility. We seek high achievers from all different backgrounds; please check back often as our hiring needs change.

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Research Technologist (Laboratory Coordinator)

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Department:  3670050040 Biosecurity Research Institute
Job no:  503544
Work type:  Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location:  Manhattan, Kansas
Categories:  Research / Scientific / Grants, Biology / Natural Sciences

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About This Role:

The BRI Biocontainment Research Technologist/Laboratory Coordinator will coordinate biocontainment laboratory services for researchers at the Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute (KSU BRI), a biosafety level 3 and biosafety level 3Ag biocontainment research facility. This entails coordinating activities with research personnel, BRI Biosafety Officer, Biosafety Specialists, and Operations personnel, and the KSU Department of Environmental Health and Safety. This position will report issues with standard equipment or procedures to the Operations and Biosafety group for proper repair and corrective actions, and recommend changes that can improve the logistical support of the facility based on their knowledge of task and time management.           

Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Maintain BRI work management system that tracks inventory and generates preventative maintenance tasks on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Determine long and short term inventory needs based on research protocols, inspection protocols and industry standards. Input calibration, certification, decontamination, and maintenance records into management system. Coordinate use of labs through meetings with researchers and administrative staff. Setup and stock laboratories with basic supplies and materials. Ensure that locker rooms are stocked with laboratory clothing, personal protective equipment and basic supplies. Purchasing duties include ordering supplies and equipment. Provide logistical support inside the biocontainment area. Point of contact for research Principal Investigators, including coordination of research space assignments with Animal Suite Supervisor and BRI Biosafety Staff with consideration for research needs, safety and security requirements (laboratory check-in/check-out program); coordinating between researchers and maintenance staff to schedule and facilitate biocontainment area repairs and annual facility validation testing and preventative maintenance. Initiates or assigns work orders using the BRI work management system as necessary. Responsible for maintaining current research project status information in the BRI Research Project Database, including required regulatory documentation. Set up new projects in the BRI Research Database and maintain up-to-date records. Add personnel, project details, reserve rooms, ensure all permits and required documents are uploaded to each project and are current, contact appropriate parties to ensure all items on Start-Up Checklist are completed before work can begin. Maintain current activity log for all research rooms as required by federal regulators.

Oversee decontamination of all materials exiting the biocontainment area. Coordinate autoclave validation and sterilization efficacy testing program. Sterilize biological waste out of the biocontainment areas. Advise users and monitor proper disposal streams for all hazardous waste generated at the BRI, including biological, chemical, sharps and radioactive materials, in coordination with the BRI Biosafety Staff and KSU Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Decontaminate and coordinate laundering of laboratory clothing and towels. Specialize in gas decontamination methods typically used at BSL-3 and BSL-3Ag, which include vaporized hydrogen peroxide and chlorine dioxide applications. Proficient at cycle development, cycle optimization and validation. Able to troubleshoot multiple pieces of decontamination equipment. Stay current with changing practices and procedures and update SOPs and reporting forms as necessary. Coordinate required biological verification of effluent decontamination system and tissue digester. Coordinate with the city of Manhattan environmental compliance manager, environmental specialist, waste water treatment plant superintendent, and College of Veterinary Medicine for proper compliance of the memorandum of understanding for tissue digester draining. Perform proper sampling, packaging, and shipping of tissue digester content samples. Perform weekly, monthly, yearly, etc., preventative maintenance tasks. Respond to and assist with containment and clean-up of biohazardous material spills. Recognize safety hazards and use proper procedures to mitigate risk to self and/or others.

Assist with hands-on training of new and returning researchers in the containment area, to include working in laboratories and BSL-3Ag spaces, entry and exit procedures, waste handling, preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment. Ability to coordinate and oversee work with outside contractors for annual certification of HEPA filtered equipment (biosafety cabinets, supply and exhaust HEPAs, centrifuges, etc.) throughout the building. Meticulous record keeping and reporting due to government inspection agency’s requirements. Ability to work with researchers, technicians, consultants, etc. from outside entities such as other universities and government entities such as the USDA, CDC and DHS.

Must possess a valid driver’s license.  Ability to undergo and maintain a favorable background investigation and Federal Select Agent Program Security Risk Assessment. Ability to pass a baseline physical. At least average agility required in order to maneuver on a daily basis between containment laboratories and support spaces and perform elevated work. Additional physical requirements may include carrying equipment and instrumentation (up to 50 lbs.), walking (up to 2 miles per day), standing (up to several hours), climbing and moving heavy objects (25-100lbs.) Ability to wear personal protective equipment under extreme conditions of heat or cold. Protective equipment includes negative pressure respiratory protection, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), suits, gloves and boots. Ability to work in many and varied conditions, such as bio-hazardous spills, hazardous waste disposal, etc. This job has potential for safety hazard exposures and infectious disease exposure. Medical surveillance including protective vaccines will be offered as needed and may be required.

Why Join Us:

Our mission, “Leading through research and education to protect agriculture and the public from biological threats,” is epitomized by the multidisciplinary research and related training activities being conducted at the BRI on high-consequence pathogens that infect livestock, plants, and people, or can contaminate food products. We are one of fewer than six high containment facilities in the United States that can conduct research on livestock experimentally infected with a broad range of highly pathogenic organisms. The BRI is unique in its capacity to perform multidisciplinary research on multiple pathogens and host species within a single facility. As the designated facility at Kansas State University for work on organisms classified by the U.S Government as Select Agents (SAs), our highly specialized facilities and highly trained and approved personnel ensure constant accountability, safety and security.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Associate degree and
  • Two or more years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in biological or chemical sciences
  • 4 years research, teaching or diagnostics lab experience with emphasis in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, public health or related field

Other Requirements:

  • Valid Driver's license (upon employment)
  • Ability to receive a favorable background check from US Gov't Level III Biocontainment experience
  • Working knowledge of regulatory requirements for biological materials
  • Dealing with relevant federal, state, and local regulatory agencies (DHS, DHHS, DOD, OSHA, USDA)
  • 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. References

Screening of Applications Begins:

The position is open until filled, but for best consideration, apply by April 20, 2018.

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:


Please note: the minimum salary for this position is $34,071. Actual salary will be determined based on the candidate's experience, education, internal equity and departmental funding. Salary offers are typically made between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range. The range indicated includes both the typical hiring range and potential future progression.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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.