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Iowa State University Diagnostic Associate I - Serology in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Diagnostic Associate I - Serology

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree

Special Required QualificationsMust have accurate color recognition

Preferred Qualifications:some laboratory experienceexperience in a high throughput business/environemntdegree in animal science, biology, microbiology, chemistry or related fieldexperience working with procedures and protocols

Job Description:

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Serology lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is seeking qualified candidates for a Diagnostic Associate I position.

The ISU VDL is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory engaged in missions of service, teaching and research on a daily basis. The laboratory processes 90,000+ submissions from veterinarians and researchers annually.

Diagnostic Testing and Analysis Duties

  • Become the primary technician for at least 2 ELISA’s.

  • Become a back-up technician for at least 4 ELISA’s.

  • Report and release results in timely manner, based on when tests are scheduled to be performed and the turnaround time of the tests.

  • Know the variety of diagnostic assays, including PRRSV NA and EU immunofluorescence assays (PRRS IFA), Complement Fixation (CF), Leptospirosis Microagglutination (MATS), agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID), fluorescent microsphere immunoassay (FMIA) and Enzyme Linked Immunoassay (ELISA) tests.

Quality Assurance / Quality Controls

  • Evaluate the quality control of tests conducted and analyze test results to assure tests’ performance are within manufacturer specifications.

  • Provide technical knowledge and assist with immediate problem solving in respective area of testing.

  • Analyze test results and make the decision to retest complex cases by performing confirmatory tests, special testing or other follow-up.

  • Become familiar with the use of SPC charts of assay’s control sera and house control samples.

  • Respond immediately to test/technician failures.

Sample Accessioning and Processing

  • Perform daily serology sample accessioning, ordering of tests, processing of samples, and distribution of samples to their respective testing area.

  • Receive and determine the suitability of the samples for testing

Laboratory Management

  • Maintain inventory of supplies related to assigned tests.

  • Maintain or assure maintenance of all equipment used for the jobs performed. Perform dish room duties: autoclaving, washing glassware, operation of dishwasher.

  • Assist with training new technical staff in conducting a variety of laboratory procedures.

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS806

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:April 7, 2021

Posting Close Date:April 13, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4617

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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