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The Biosecurity Research Institute is one of the most innovative and unique employers in our area. Joining our team means working alongside motivated, experienced staff to facilitate some of the most cutting-edge research, training and education related to the health and safety of plants, animals, and food.

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.

Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. 

NOTICE:  New non-student employees and rehired non-student employees are subject to a State of Kansas Tax Clearance check. Find out more about tax clearance.

NOTICE: A Criminal Background Check will be required for all candidates selected for hire.

 

Employment Opportunities

Bio-containment Facility Engineer

General Description of Position:

This position will provide oversight, coordination, and implementation of daily facility operations.  The Bio-containment Facility Engineer is responsible for complex physical plant operations (boilers, chillers, and waste treatment), utilities management, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, building management systems, (Johnson Controls), plumbing and waste handling systems, electrical, refrigeration, and additional contracted services necessary to properly maintain the facility in exceptional working condition.

Job Description:

The position reports to the BRI Research Director and manages a facilities support staff of approximately 16 (operations manager, utility managers, repair and maintenance, janitorial, building controls, lab coordinators and animal care staff). The Bio-containment Facility Engineer is a member of the overall BRI leadership team that includes managers of Biosafety, Training and Education, Information Technology, Business Office, and Security Manager. The Bio-containment Facility Engineer develops and maintains superior predictive, preventive, and responsive maintenance programs for critical bio-containment systems and facility infrastructure. The bio-containment engineer is the technical engineering resource and provides advice and leadership in oversight of procedures and documentation for facility performance requirements in compliance with industry standards and in accordance with local (City of Manhattan), state, federal regulations and guidelines including those related to Select Agent programs and Kansas State University policies, procedures, codes and regulations affecting the facilities operations of the BRI.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Engineering (mechanical, architectural, agricultural, environmental, civil, construction science, or closely related) and/or Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of five years of full-time experience in Bio-containment and Building Automation.

Minimum of five years full-time experience with responsibilities in facilities operation, facilities management or facilities project management.  Supervisory experience, experience with building automation systems, knowledge and experience with software based Centralized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).

The successful candidate must undergo, receive clearance, and maintain a background check and National Select Agent Security Risk Assessment (SRA) clearance. Ability to undergo and maintain a final US Government security clearance if required. Strict adherence to safety protocols mandatory.  Willingness to learn and stay current in the rapidly advancing field of bio-containment facility operations. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects within the confines of time, budgets and available personnel. Familiarity with building, fire and life safety codes and applicable OSHA and NIOSH regulations.  Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively with office staff, researchers, facilities design and maintenance personnel, laboratory technical staff, external contractors, administrators, local state and federal government regulators, etc. Superior organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail. Personal computer experience with working knowledge of Windows-based software. Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional Engineer (P.E.) license, preference given to individuals with experience working in high and maximum-containment facilities (BSL-3, BSL-3Ag, and/or BSL-4). Experience with HVAC design/controls, industrial hygiene, environmental health, occupational safety, etc. Experience with Johnson Controls Building Management System. Education, training or experience in life sciences. Operational knowledge of alkaline tissue digester and effluent decontamination systems. Familiarity with regulatory requirements for bio-containment facility operations and support and dealing with relevant federal, state, and local regulatory agencies (such as DHS, DHHS, DOD, OSHA, USDA). Demonstrated experience in multi-tasking, customer service, leadership, supervision and management of a complex facilities organization with a diverse work force. Facility Management credentials and Engineering Society memberships and activities (ASHREAE, ASSE, I2SI, ASME).

Advanced degree within the area of specialty.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:

This job has potential for safety hazard exposures and infectious disease exposure. Protective vaccines will be offered as needed. At least average agility required in order to navigate mechanical and bio-containment areas and perform elevated work. Additional physical requirements may include: Carrying equipment and instrumentation (up to 50 lbs), walking (up to 2 miles per day), climbing (roof-top work and other areas not easily accessible), standing (up to several hours), moving heavy objects (25-100 lbs.). Ability to wear personal protective equipment under extreme conditions of heat or cold which includes negative pressure respiratory protection, suits, gloves, and boots. Ability to work in many and varied conditions, such as boiler room, ventilation penthouse, rooftop, outside in hot or cold weather, occasionally active bio-containment labs.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should upload a letter of interest addressing qualifications and skills related to the position, a resume' listing education and employment history, and contact information for three current professional references (title, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number). 

Only complete application packets will be accepted.

Please apply at http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/493308/maintenance-engineerresearch

Screening of Applications Begin:

Screening of applications begin June 6 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range:

$135,000-$150,000

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity amount its employees. Follow the link to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster.    http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf

Kansas State University actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at https://www.k-state.edu/about/community.html  

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. Kansas State University complies with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

 

Research Assistant Professor

General Description of Position:

This position will play a key role in the development and delivery of biosafety, biosecurity, and biocontainment courses in a new program supporting workforce development for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas.  The position will assist in instructing 3 to 4 courses utilizing a mixture of instructional methods including face-to-face, on line, and blended delivery methods. 

This is primarily a teaching position; however the candidate is also expected to pursue scholarly activity and service.  The Research Assistant Professor will work closely with BRI education staff to develop courses and with fellows selected for the Transboundary Animal Disease Workforce Development Fellowship Training program.  Additionally, the successful candidate will function as a subject matter expert and assist with other training activities, workshops and educational outreach activities for the BRI.

Job Description:

This position will play a key role in the development and delivery of biosafety, biosecurity, and biocontainment courses in a new program supporting workforce development for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas and for businesses in the Animal Health Corridor.  The position will assist in instructing 3 to 4 courses focusing on high-containment research, biosafety, biocontainment and biosecurity utilizing a mixture of instructional methods including face-to-face, online, and blended delivery methods.  Additionally, they will function as a subject matter expert and assist with other training courses developed and delivered at the BRI. This is primarily a teaching position; however the candidate is also expected to pursue scholarly activity and service.  The Research Assistant Professor will work closely with BRI education staff and serve as a subject matter expert for newly developed courses.  In addition to graduate level courses, the successful candidate will also assist with training activities, workshops, and educational outreach activities. The Research Assistant Professor will work closely with individuals selected for the Transboundary Animal Disease Workforce Development Fellowship Training program by providing guidance, coordination and support to BRI staff, students, research team members, program partners, and Fellows.  Additionally, the Research Assistant Professor may engage in select planning, leadership, and support for new and ongoing research projects at the BRI.

  • Function as a subject matter expert and assist with course / training development
  • Assist in teaching graduate courses in biosafety, biocontainment and biosecurity utilizing a mixture of instructional methods including face-to-face, online, and blended delivery methods
  • Assist with training activities, workshops and outreach activities as requested
  • Provide assistance, guidance and support for the Transboundary Animal Disease Workforce Development Fellowship Training program, participants, and partners
  • Contribute to ongoing research activities and writing research manuscripts
  • Participate in planning, writing, and implementing extramurally funded projects
  • Engage in planning, leadership, and support for select new and ongoing research projects at the BRI under the request and direction of the BRI Director of Research
  • Serve on BRI, college, and university committees

Required Minimum Qualifications:

D.V.M. or Ph.D. in Pathobiology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Virology, Animal Science, Food Science, or a related discipline. Minimum of two years classroom teaching experience or equivalent mentoring experience with undergraduate and graduate students. Minimum of three years BSL-3 laboratory research experience. Must be U.S. citizen or alien with permanent resident card. Evidence of the potential for scholarly productivity. Excellent written and oral communication skills including graduate or professional speaking experience. Ability to work as a member of a team, good interpersonal skills, excellent work ethic, and commitment to detail. Active membership in appropriate professional organizations

Preferred Qualifications:

Three or more years BSL-3Ag and/or BSL-4 research experience. Two or more years BSL-3, ABSL-3, BSL-3Ag, or BSL-4 compliance experience. Experience working in two or more high-containment research facilities. Experience writing standard operating procedures and preparing regulatory documents (IBC, IACUC, IRB). ABSA Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) or Registered Biological Safety Professional (RBP). NBBTP Fellowship Alumni. Previous research history working with select agents and SRA clearance. Experience in planning, writing, and implementing extramurally funded projects. Evidence of a well-defined research agenda.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Curriculum vita/resume, letter of interest and contact information for three professional references are required.  Screening of materials begins on March 22, 2016 or until position is filled. Please apply at  http://careers.pageuppeople.com/742/cw/en-us/job/492804/research-assistant-professor

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. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster <http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf

Kansas State University actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to The Principles of Community which can be found at https://www.k-state.edu/about/community.html 

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. Kansas State University complies with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

 

Instructional Designer

General Description of Position:

The position will develop educational content and deliverables supporting the Biosecurity Research Institutes educational mission with a focus on biosafety, biocontainment, biosecurity, and infectious disease. 

Job Description:

The Instructional Designer will collaborate with the BRI Education Officer and subject matter experts to produce effective learning solutions.  The position will create materials for use in facility trainings, workshops, undergraduate and graduate courses.  The successful candidate will demonstrate advanced skills in online course development and multimedia production.  They will also possess demonstrated experience in instructional technology, learning management system administration, and assessment. Additionally, the position will provide support to staff, instructors, and participants as required in the planning, development, and execution of BRI events and courses.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in instructional design, instructional technology or education is required
  • One year experience developing online-course material
  • One year experience using instructional design formal processes
  • One year experience administering or delivering fully online or blended learning content using a learning management system
  • Demonstrated experience designing, developing, and editing multimedia educational content
  • U.S. citizen or alien with permanent resident card (requirement of Homeland Security projects supported by this position)
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check required
  • Work based at the BRI in Manhattan, Kansas (telecommuting is not allowed)
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends to support events
  • Excellent oral, written, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using formal project management methodologies and tools
  • Demonstrated experience with Adobe Creative Suite programs including; Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Edge, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition
  • Demonstrated experience using Adobe Captivate
  • Familiarity with infectious disease and biosafety fields
  • Master's degree in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, or Education

Physical Activities and Environmental Conditions:

Visual and audio acuity within normal ranges is required – will use the BRI's existing professional quality audio/video capture, mixing, and editing equipment to record and produce education content

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload a letter of interest addressing how your qualifications align with all position requirements and preferred qualifications, your curriculum vita/resume, and contact information for three professional references. Screening begins March 28th and will continue until the position is filled.  Please apply at http://careers.pageuppeople.com/742/cw/en-us/job/492850/instructional-technologist  

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. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster <http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf> . Kansas State University actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at https://www.k-state.edu/about/community.html <https://www.k-state.edu/about/community.html>

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. Kansas State University complies with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.