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Biosecurity Research Institute


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

     1) BRI Building Systems Technician

     2) Agricultural Technician Senior

1) Research Technologist
(BRI Building Systems Technician)

Apply nowDepartment: 3670050040 Biosecurity Research Institute
Job no:502267    Work type:Staff Full Time (USS)
Location:Manhattan    Categories:Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades 

General Description of Position:

The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) is seeking a BRI Building Systems Technician. This position is specialized and dedicated to the BRI. This position performs in a preventive, predictive, and responsive manner to address sensitive infrastructure systems and equipment operations.

The position has broad scope responsibilities associated with complex mechanical, electrical and building management control systems  that function as critical components to safety and health of occupants, prevention of accidental release of biological materials into the environment, and assurances of continuous facility operations and regulatory compliance. 

Job Description:

This position is required to provide response to the facility system emergencies as needed and may occur day or night 7 days a week. Manage procedures and requirements to maintain complex equipment, systems, and facilities associated with BSL-3 and BSL 3Ag biocontainment. Includes approaches determined to prevent risks of exposure or release of infectious disease agents from loss of containment, participation in bio-risk management protocols, compliance with federally mandated laws for training, access, occupational medicine, and security related to Select Agents and mission of the BRI.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires an associate degree and two or more years of relevant experience.  Education in natural sciences and/or engineering may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.
  • Consent to and pass an initial basic criminal background check - refreshed every 3 years (condition of employment).
  • Submit application for Security Risk Assessment approval through Department of Justice for Select Agent Program (condition of employment).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience in laboratory procedures and analysis
  • Ability to be trained and function at "operator" level of the computerized building management system.
  • Ability to learn and utilize the facility Centralized Maintenance Management System.
  • Ability to learn applications and methods for applying specialized coatings and sealing compounds.
  • Previous experience working in high performance facilities (biocontainment, nuclear, hospital, research, etc.).
  • Experience using computer based maintenance management systems. Industrial boiler or chiller or HVAC operations experience/certificates.
  • Electrical or electronics experience. Specialized coatings experience. Relevant training certificates in facility trades.
  • Experience reading technical specifications and requirements for performing preventive maintenance activities.
  • Ability to pursue block mechanical license.
  • Experience in building industrial mechanical trades; electrical, electronics, plumbing, power plant operations, boiler operations, HVAC, and electronic/pneumatic control troubleshooting and repair.
  • Ability to communicate well in written and oral formats.
  • Desire and ability to learn and apply biocontainment principles to maintenance and operation of building systems.
  • Knowledge of risk assessment approaches and risk mitigation concepts. Knowledge of chilled water systems. Knowledge of Glycol energy recovery systems.

Physical Activities and Environmental Conditions :

Ability to participate in rotating after hours on-call if/when necessary. The work duties occur in all areas of the facility (mechanical areas, biocontainment laboratories, animal rooms, electrical rooms, outdoor environments, offices, and conference spaces. Hazards include but not limited to: chemicals, biological (infectious) material, hot and cold weather temperatures, electrical shock, working at heights with fall hazards, physical injury from tools and equipment, noise, eye hazards, etc.

Screening of Applications Begin:

Screening of applications begins on September 29, 2017

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$16.38-27.85 per hour, University Support Staff, limited term

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 check required.



2) Agricultural Technician Senior

Apply nowDepartment: 3670050090 University Veterinarian
Job no:502375    Work type:Staff Full Time (USS)
Location:Manhattan    Categories:Agriculture

General Description of Position:

This duty position is primarily dedicated/assigned to the Biosecurity Research Institute Animal Facility (located in Pat Roberts Hall) working with high consequence pathogens and/or select agents at ABSL-3 and/or ABSL-3Ag bio-containment but incumbents may be detailed to perform similar tasks in other CMG supported animal facilities on the KSU Manhattan Campus as required (e.g.,  Coles Animal Facility, Mosier Animal Facility, Large Animal Research Center (LARC), Bluemont Animal Facility, Justin Animal Facility, etc.).

An employee filling this position is classified as an “ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEE”.

The CMG mission is to provide animal husbandry and veterinary services for animals used in KSU’s research, teaching, and testing programs in accordance with (IAW) applicable laws, regulations, standards, guidelines, and university policy governing the care and use of laboratory animals at academic/research institutions.  The duties of this position include performing routine daily animal husbandry for a wide variety of animal species (e.g., feeding, watering, cleaning stalls/pens/cages, waste disposal, sanitation/decontamination of facilities/equipment, etc.), animal handling/restraint/transport, general facility housekeeping/maintenance tasks, animal health monitoring/reporting, administering prescribed veterinary treatments (e.g., oral, topical, and/or injectable medications/drugs), assisting with anesthesia/surgical/necropsy procedures as required, and assisting with the research studies as required.

Position requires variable on-call, evening/night, weekend, and/or holiday swing shifts as required to provide 7 days/week, 365 days/year animal care coverage.

Information about the Department:

The mission of the Comparative Medicine Group is to facilitate animal use in research and teaching at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University by providing high quality animal care in accordance with both federal and state regulations and AAALAC guidelines.

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 Principles of Community.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent.

6 months animal husbandry experience.

(Education may be substituted for relevant animal experience at the discretion of the hiring unit.)

Preferred Education and Qualifications:

•  AALAS certification at the Asst. Lab Animal Technician (ALAT), Lab Animal Technician (LAT), or Lab Animal Technologist (LATg) level.

•  Some college/vo-tech level biology, animal science, or veterinary technician training/education.

•  Experience working directly with animals at a veterinary clinic/hospital, animal shelter, and/or animal boarding kennel facility.

•  Animal husbandry experience with laboratory animals (rodents & rabbits), small animal (dogs/cats), and/or large animals (agricultural livestock) in a research facility.

•  Experience working in an AAALAC accredited research institution/facility.

•  Experience working at ABSL-2, ABSL-3, and/or ABSL-3Ag in a research facility.

•  Experience working with animals used on infectious disease research projects in a research facility.

•  Experience in maintaining detailed records.

•  Knowledge of AAALAC accreditation requirements

•  Working knowledge of Windows-based computer software (e.g.¸ MS Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)

•  Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.

•  Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

•  Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Screening of Applications Begins:


 Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the  United States at the time of employment.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$ 15.75 - $ 17.33 per hour

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. 

Advertised:19 Sep 2017 Central Daylight Time Applications close: