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Biosecurity Research Institute


The Biosecurity Research Institute is one of the most innovative employers in our area. Joining our team means working alongside motivated, experienced staff to facilitate 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 backgrounds.

  • 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.

Current Openings:

Office Specialist III (Biosecurity Research Institute)



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Department: 3670050040 Biosecurity Research Institute
Job no:507399
Work type:Staff Full Time (USS)
Location:Manhattan, Kansas
Categories:Office / Clerical
Pay Grade: 06A


About This Role:

The Office Specialist III will contribute to ongoing research mission activities of the Biosecurity Research Institute by providing administrative support and performing detailed and critical duties to meet organizational and regulatory requirements. Public relations responsibilities include coordinating events, tours, and meetings with the public, governmental officials, and BRI staff. Perform administrative support activities and serve as a resource to the public and employees. Monitor activity at central security station while serving in a backup role to security officers. This is a full-time limited term position.

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 inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Two years of relevant experience in general office and administrative support work.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills: ability to build constructive and effective relationships with a wide range of people
  • Strong customer-service attitude
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge and proficiency in MS Office Suite including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Web editing, graphic design experience
  • Ability to recognize and maintain the confidentiality of records concerning various personnel-related matters as well as understand and handle sensitive information

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Ability to pass a general background check upon employment and ability to successfully clear FBI Security Risk Assessment to perform duties associated with the Select Agent program within 60 days and every three years thereafter
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license upon employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and able to obtain and maintain U.S. Security Clearance

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references with contact information

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until June 12, 2019 

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$14.79-$18.48 per hour - limited term position

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.


Applications close:                     Position is open until filled.