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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:

1) Office Specialist III, Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI)

2) Facility Security Officer, Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) 

3) Project Manager, National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC)

4) Biosecurity Facility Technician, Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI)

 

Office Specialist III (Biosecurity Research Institute)

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Department: 3670050040 Biosecurity Research Institute
Job no:507064
Work type:Staff Full Time (USS)
Location:Manhattan, Kansas
Categories:Customer Service, Office / Clerical
Pay Grade: 06A

About This Role:

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 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 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

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately. For best consideration, apply by 05/03/2019.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$30,150 - $37,680

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:  April 12, 2019
Applications close: For best consideration, apply by 05/03/2019

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Facility Security Officer (Biosecurity Research Institute)

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Department: 3670050040 Biosecurity Research Institute
Job no:507055
Work type:Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location:Manhattan, Kansas
Categories:Health & Safety, Law Enforcement
Pay Grade: 04A

About This Role:

The role of Facility Security Officer is a safety, security and fire protection position that will safeguard persons or property for the State of Kansas. The Facility Security Officer will provide security for state property and conduct routine inspections. Provides security for a bio-research facility to control access by personnel and maintain the security of research areas. This position also provides security for meetings, events and other gatherings that take place in the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI).

Why Join Us:

The BRI supports comprehensive multidisciplinary research, education and training programs that address threats to plant, animal, and human health, including food-borne pathogens. Home to 113,000 square feet of laboratory, education, and administrative space, this BSL-3, ABSL-3, and BSL3-Ag facility offers a diverse range of research and education opportunities.

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:

  • High School Diploma
  • 1 to 3 years of security experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of methods and procedures for crime and fire prevention
  • Knowledge of Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Experience and adept at using Microsoft Office Products
  • Experience with automated security/access control systems
  • Knowledge of operation and maintenance of various fire apparatus & equipment
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations which pertain to the city and state property
  • Experience with emergency planning
  • Response and exercises for natural and unnatural events that may impact the BRI

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and able to obtain and maintain U.S. Security Clearance
  • Valid Driver’s License upon employment
  • Ability to receive a favorable Background Check from KSU and pass Select Agent Background Check upon employment
  • Ability to be CPR and First Aid certified

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. For best consideration, apply by May 6, 2019.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$11.71-$17.57 per hour ($24,370 - $36,540 Annually)

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: April 12, 2019
Applications close: May 6, 2019
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Project Manager, National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC)

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Department: 3670050030 National Ag Biosecurity Center
Job no:507037
Work type:Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location:Manhattan, Kansas
Categories:Administrative / Professional
Pay Grade: 12A

About This Role:

The Project Manager will report directly to the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC) /Director and will be responsible for the successful coordination of all program-related activities, including, but not limited to, development of statements of work, budgets, and required reports; tracking expenditures' client/sponsor interface; creation and coordination of project teams.  The Project Manager will have the authority to make decisions and perform NABC actions as designated by the NABC Director in their absence. This position will also work as the Manager of BRI Project Coordination, coordinating pre- and post-research meetings. Leads meetings with principal investigators, their research teams, BRI managers and support staff (biosafety, IT, Facility operations, business, security, animal care, etc). Coordinates room scheduling for different projects (especially livestock rooms) to ensure maximum occupancy and efficient space utilization. Works with project teams to prioritize projects to resolve scheduling conflicts.

Why Join Us:

Located on the campus of Kansas State University, National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC) is an integral part of the Midwest’s expanding animal health corridor. NABC contributes to and accesses a vast network of interdisciplinary research and resources in areas such as animal disease, foodborne pathogens, plant pathogens, and environmental changes affecting agriculture and human health.

  • NABC has extensive experience developing, implementing, and managing research projects and training programs for multiple state and federal agencies — ranging from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Homeland Security — to the intelligence community.
  • NABC is dedicated to increasing public awareness of agro-terrorism and developing solutions for improving agricultural and food production safeguards.
  • NABC supports applied scientific research to develop practical agro-security capabilities and programs addressing diverse threats to the U.S. and world agricultural economies and food supply.
  • NABC welcomes new challenges where its subject matter expertise can be applied to enhance the capabilities of government agencies, private industry, and organizations to protect America’s agricultural infrastructure.

This position is benefits eligible: health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition assistance program, paid time off- vacation, sick and holidays.

To learn more visit:  http:/www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/

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 a bachelor's degree and three to five years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher 
  • Prefer 5 years or more experience in project/program management.
  • Training and experience in animal/veterinary emergency response
  • Familiarity with animal disease response plans and exercises. Understand the development of exercise after-action reports and the derivation of lessons learned. Knowledge of governmental, private, and professional capabilities necessary to perform adequate animal disease response and experience in analyzing information to determine the same.
  • Working knowledge of biology, infectious diseases and/or general veterinary expertise

Other Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance
  • Valid Driver's license upon employment
  • Ability to receive a favorable background check from KSU and pass Select Agent Background Check upon employment
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, writing and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively across all levels of an organization to accomplish complex objectives.
  • Ability to motivate team members, create a positive work environment, and resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to develop and deliver professional presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$62,770 - $75,000 Annually

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.

 

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Biosecurity Facility Technician-HVAC (Biosecurity Research Institute - BRI)

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Department: 3670050040 Biosecurity Research Institute
Job no:506781
Work type:Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location:Manhattan, Kansas
Categories:Facilities / Grounds / Skilled Trades
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) is seeking a Biosecurity Facility 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.

Carry out procedures and requirements to maintain complex equipment, systems, and facilities associated with BSL-3 and BSL 3Ag biocontainment. Which includes the 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.

  • Operates maintains and monitors industrial building systems, components and subcomponents critical to biocontainment performance and function
  • Actively participate within operational and preventative maintenance programs to coincide with biocontainment requirements, occupational health and safety, environmental regulations, and operational procedures

Why Join Us:

The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Pat Roberts Hall on the Kansas State University Manhattan campus is a unique biocontainment research and education facility.

The BRI supports comprehensive multidisciplinary research, education and training programs that address threats to plant, animal, and human health, including food-borne pathogens. Home to 113,000 square feet of laboratory, education, and administrative space, this BSL-3, ABSL-3, and BSL3-Ag facility offers a diverse range of research and education opportunities.

This position is benefits eligible: health insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, tuition assistance program, paid time off-vacation, sick and holidays.

To learn more visit: http:www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits 

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:

  • Associates Degree in HVAC or other technical fields and three to five years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  •  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 and general maintenance experience

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Ability to participate in rotating after-hours on-call if/when necessary.
  • Consent to and pass an initial basic criminal background check- refreshed every 3 years (condition of employment)
  • Submit an application for Security Risk Assessment approval through the Department of Justice for Select Agent Program (Condition of Employment)
  • The work duties occur in all areas of the facility (mechanical areas, bio-containment 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.

How to Apply:

Please complete the on-line application.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Pay Rate:

$16.71-$28.40 per hour

 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.