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Research Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 184000 - CVM Clinical Science Department
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Pharmacodynamic Laboratory in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is now hiring a full time Research Associate.

Salary Grade:  13

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Research Associate will be responsible for the sample handling and benchtop research components of studies involving the pharmacodynamic and clinical evaluation of cyclosporine therapy in dogs, which is now a clinical service offered nationwide with clinical samples being received weekly. Duties associated with these services will include maintaining the streamlined process of receiving samples from in-hospital patients as well as patients outside the hospital, ensuring that samples are received, labeled, and stored appropriately, regular RNA extraction (typically 2-3 days/week) and PCR analysis (typically 1 day/week), data collection, and organization and dissemination of results to veterinarians. The Research Associate will also be responsible for maintaining the sample submission and laboratory web¬site, and for maintaining the research laboratory and ensuring that all supplies are stocked and organized. As studies are derived from this work, the Research Associate will participate with manuscript preparation. The Research Associate will also be expected to train any individuals interested in learning this PCR assay as part of their research training if these individuals are enrolled in MS or PhD program and the training has been approved by Dr. Archer or Dr. Mackin.
The Research Associate will also, throughout the year, assist with additional other pharmacodynamic studies involving various drugs, such as differing immunosuppressive agents, including studies utilizing flow cytometry and PCR, as time allows and as deemed appropriate. As part of these studies, the Research Associate will be expected to become proficient with various standard molecular and flow cytometric techniques. The Senior Research Associate will also assist with sample preparation, data analysis, and manuscript preparation for these studies. When time permits, the Research Associate will also have to opportunity to assist with other clinical research projects within the Department of Clinical Sciences.
The Research Associate will be supervised by Drs. Todd Archer, John Thomason, and Andrew Mackin for duties and roles associated with this position. The Research Associate is expected to be co-author on multiple manuscripts depending on the projects involved, and this individual may be eligible to be first author on publications as deemed appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Beginning with a bachelor’s degree:
a. A professional employee with a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated competence can begin work at the Research/Extension Associate I level.
b. To begin at the Research/Extension Associate II level, one must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience and the equivalent of a master’s degree.
c. To begin at the Research/Extension Associate III level, one must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience and the equivalent of a master’s degree.
2. Beginning with a master’s degree:
a. A professional employee with a master’s degree and a minimum of 1 year of relevant experience and demonstrated competency can begin work at the Research/Extension Associate II level.
b. To begin at the Research/Extension Associate III level, one must have a master’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience.
c. To begin at the Senior Research/Extension Associate level, one must have a master’s degree and a minimum of 6 years of experience.
3. Beginning with a doctoral degree:
a. A professional employee with a doctoral degree with 2 years of relevant experience and demonstrated competence can begin work at the Research/Extension Associate III level.
b. To begin at the Senior Research/Extension Associate level, one must have a doctoral degree and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.

Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online. Please include cover letter and resume.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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