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Biosecurity Research Institute

High Containment Laboratory Technician Training Program 

NBAF Laboratorian Training Program (NLTP)  

Accepting Applications for 2022 Soon!

The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Kansas State University are accepting applications for up to ten undergraduate fellowship positions. This U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) sponsored program is designed to build technical skills necessary to high containment diagnostics.

The NBAF Laboratorian Training Program (NLTP) will provide:

  • Working with pathogens in a high containment environment.
  • Hands-on experience with assays and procedures used in a diagnostic laboratory.
  • Initial training for people interested in applying for technical positions with USDA APHIS or other laboratory employers.

Potential employers include the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) at the new National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, KS and the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, IA.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be entering junior or senior year of undergraduate study OR have recently graduated (less than 2 years) from an accredited undergraduate program with a degree in the field of biology, chemistry, microbiology, agriculture or another related major.
  • Exhibit a strong interest in working at NBAF or NVSL in a technical laboratory position.
Program requirements:
Must enroll in K-State’s online course DMP 691 Introduction to High Containment Laboratory Topics and Techniques as a degree seeking undergraduate student or a non-degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student (depending on credit preference) during the summer 2022 semester.

Must attend an eight-week training seminar at BRI held in June-July of 2022. The seminar program will consist of formal presentations and interactive discussions with subject matter experts and hands-on training activities in the BSL-3 training laboratory and BSL-2 containment laboratory space. Students will be required to pass a background check prior to June 2022.

*Fellows will be encouraged to enroll in K-State course DMP 690 Essential Practices for BSL-3 Research during this same time period if they are interested in Agricultural Biosecurity Research Graduate Certificate. More information can be found here: https://www.vet.k-state.edu/academics/graduate-programs/biosecurity-research/ 
$5,000 stipend

Required application materials:

Each applicant must submit the following:

  • Completed NLTP application form (PDF), including three professional references

  • Current Curriculum vitae

  • Formal application letter expressing your interest in the program

For priority consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT, November 29, 2021.

Notification emails will be sent to applicants around December 17, 2021. 

Submit all application materials to:  jlwillix@k-state.edu

Informational Meetings: 

Informational meetings will be held via Zoom, please contact Dr. Joshua Willix (jlwillix@k-state.edu) for a Zoom invitation.

Dates and times of Informational meetings:

Wednesday, Nov. 3      3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 9         10 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 11         Noon

Monday, Nov. 15          1 p.m.


NLTP application form (PDF)

Who should attend information meetings:

Junior and senior level undergraduate students, or Winter 2021/Spring 2022 B.S. graduates, interested in working in high
containment technical laboratory positions.

When should you attend information meetings:

Wednesday, Nov 3, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov 9, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Nov 11, Noon
Monday, Nov 15, 1 p.m.

Informational meetings will be held via Zoom, please contact Dr. Joshua Willix (jlwillix@k-state.edu) for a Zoom invitation.

NLTP Student Working in the Lab

NLTP Laboratory Technician Training Program Flyer (PDF)

Submit all application
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