Penn State University
The Veterinary Applied Research and Extension Team is looking for an enthusiastic individual to support the team’s laboratory and field-based activities. Laboratory responsibilities will include basic processing and microbiology of animal samples, such as milk, feces, and blood, as well as preparation and submission of samples for further testing. Preparation of culture media for bacteriology will be required. The individual will also maintain laboratory inventory and supplies, as well as ensuring implementation of quality-assurance/control procedures. Experience with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and other diagnostic techniques is beneficial. A willingness and desire to learn more advanced laboratory techniques is highly desired. Field-based activities will include assisting with the preparation for, and collection of, diagnostic samples and data from dairy and livestock animals and their environments. Humane, safe handling of large animals, especially dairy and beef cattle, sheep and goats will be required, so experience and aptitude in this area is strongly preferred. This is a full-time position, based at the Central Milk Testing Laboratory on the University Park Campus. Some flexibility in work hours should be anticipated to accommodate early morning or evening visits to farms for purposes of sample collection or extension programs. Occasional weekend work may be required to support research projects or extension workshops. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A basic understanding of statistics is preferred, but not required. A Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science, Animal Science, or a related field, is preferred. The ability to use Microsoft Excel and other software for data entry, management, and manipulation is expected of the individual in this position. The ability to work in livestock environments during all seasons, with exposure to potential animal and plant allergens, is essential. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Occasionally lifting and carrying of heavy objects (20-50 lbs.) with or without accommodation for short distances will also be necessary. The successful candidate will also be involved in training and (co)supervision of undergraduate student employees working for the Team. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from date of hire with a good possibility of refunding.
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