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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 Opening:

Software Engineer/ Database Developer 

Apply now  Department: 3670050040 Biosecurity Research Institute
  Job no:504444
  Work type:Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
  Location:Manhattan, Kansas
  Categories:Computer Science / Information Technology


About This Role:

The Software Engineer / Database Developer is responsible for the maintenance, design, and/or development of several software applications for critical and safe operation of the Biosecurity Research Institute. These applications include:  federally mandated Select Agent Inventory database application; Research Project database application that tracks biosafety training, training history, compliance, and other important information; Effluent Decontamination System and Tissue Digester System performance reporting application that automates PDF reports; and Animal Telemetry data collection system. Other responsibilities, duties as assigned, such as assisting, and working with the BRI Technology team for desktop support, mobile support, VPN support, and cybersecurity.

This position by federal regulation requires US legal permanent residency or citizenship. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

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:

Requires an associate degree and one to three years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in computer science, management of information services or closely related field requiring a high degree of software design and programming expertise.
  • Knowledge and experience with RESTful services, MVC methodologies, SQL databases, and development methodologies.
  • Experience with contemporary design patterns, including MVVM; Iterative software and engineering processes such as Agile; Version control tooling and documentation; development and debugging tools; Internet of Things.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • This position by federal regulation requires US legal permanent residency or citizenship
  • Valid Driver's license upon employment
  • Ability to receive a favorable background check from KSU and pass Select Agent Background Check upon employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until filled

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

$47,476 – $75,940

Please note: the minimum salary for this position is $47,476. 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.


Applications close: Position is open until filled.