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Research Associate II

Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

South Dakota State University

The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Research Associate II in the Diagnostic Bacteriology Laboratory. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in our efforts to provide quality Veterinary Diagnostics and Research for Veterinarians and producers in South Dakota and the surrounding region. This is a 12 month, full-time position. This position is supervised by Dr. Larry Holler.  SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


Provide day to day leadership as a Bench Manager for the bacteriology section;

Participate in daily routine diagnostic bacteriology cases;

Participate and coordinate sponsored and collaborative research projects;

Maintain quality systems for the bacteriology section;

Coordinate development and implementation of new diagnostic tests


  • Master’s Degree in Microbiology or a closely related field completed by first day of employment;
  • 3 years experience in Diagnostic Bacteriology/Microbiology;
  • Collaborative or sponsored research experience;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Previous Veterinary Diagnostic Bacteriology experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in quality management in a laboratory setting;
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing or leading an effective team in a laboratory setting;
  • Demonstrated collaboration in developing funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming;
  • Experience in publishing and presenting extension materials and research results in peer reviewed journals and appropriate professional scientific meetings.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work as a contributing team member;
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering laboratory and research results.

SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications


SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,500 students.  The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory is an American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians AAVLD accredited laboratory.  The laboratory operates within the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,100 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29.  The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance.  It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of close to 150,000.


Position is open until filled, with full consideration given to applications received by July 27, 2016.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact Larry Holler DVM, PhD at 605- 688-5798 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128.

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