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Iowa State University Diagnostic Associate I/II - Veterinary Diagnostic Labratory in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Diagnostic Associate I/II - Veterinary Diagnostic Labratory

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree

Special Required QualificationsMust have accurate color recognition

Preferred Qualifications:Bachelor degree in Biology, Chemistry, Animal Science or related area.

Experience working in a diagnostic laboratory

Job Description:


The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) in the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking qualified candidates for Diagnostic Associate I/II.

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 100,000+ submissions from veterinarians and researchers annually.

We are currently hiring for the following VDL laboratories:

  • Molecular

  • Bioinformatics

  • Bacteriology

    R esponsible for conducting diagnostic tests or exams including analysis and release of results for samples being used for surveillance as well as sick animal diagnostic testing resulting in clinical decisions by submitting veterinarians.

    Example of Duties

  • Performs a variety of diagnostic assay s or exams within a specific specialty area.

  • Completes daily and weekly lab tasks

  • Follows all necessary laboratory safety rules

  • Performs sample preparation and processing as part of the diagnostic testing protocol

  • After initial training, is able to analyze and release results independently

  • Identify and troubleshoot issues that arise in testing, typically with assistance of a senior coworker.

  • Evaluates current protocols for effectiveness of tests and uses independent judgement to determine when adjustments to procedures are necessary

  • Assists in training staff and students

Level Guidelines• Individual contributor position with developing professional and/or technical skills working under immediate to general supervision• Grasps professional-level knowledge and concepts of field while working in a progressive learning mode• Works on problems and issues of somewhat limited scope• Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data for which answers are available or can be obtained• Responds to inquiries and issues, escalating to manager or higher level workers as appropriate• May lead projects of limited scope and complexity• May provide guidance to students

The VDL consists of the following laboratories:

· Analytical Chemistry Services (

· Bacteriology (

· Molecular (

· Pathology (

· Parasitology (

· Serology (

· Toxicology / Nutrition (

· Virology (

This position will be hired as a Diagnostic Associate level I or II depending on the candidate's qualifications.

Diagnostic Associate Level I minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree

Pay Grade: PS806

Diagnostic Associate Level II minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 3 years of related experience

Pay Grade: PS807

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.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans• Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa)• Life insurance and long-term disability• Flexible Spending Accounts• Various voluntary benefits and discounts• Employee Assistance Program• Wellbeing program

Original Posting Date: January 30, 2023

Posting Close Date:May 31, 2023

Job Requisition Number:R10879

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

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 .

General ISU compensation information can be found on the University Human Resources ( website. Please note that this is only a list of ranges and individuals will be paid commensurate with qualifications.