Scientific Assistant

Washington State University - Pullman, WA4.3

Washington State University (WSU) is seeking a Scientific Assistant with a strong background in animal husbandry, management of rodent and large animal breeding, and experience working in a research laboratory setting to support the generation of gene-edited animal research models through the WSU Animal Production Core and Gene Editing Reagent Core. This position will also have responsibility for research development and support activities including participating in design, development, and implementation of methods for research projects.

The position is part of a multimillion dollar university funded Functional Genomics Initiative that is aimed at elevating the life sciences research enterprise at WSU. Responsibilities will include, among others; collecting and working with gametes and pre-implantation embryos; performing surgical and non-surgical embryo transfers; assisting in the optimization of embryo collection, culture, and cryopreservation conditions; rodent and large animal husbandry; working in a molecular biology laboratory setting to generate high quality plasmid DNA and CRISPR/Cas9 reagents for use in gene-editing; managing daily laboratory operations, ordering supplies, keeping inventories, and maintaining a safe working environment; and assisting with the collection, analysis, and interpretation of research data.

The successful candidate will work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies.

Additional Information
University Overview
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.

The City
Pullman is a dynamic center of higher education, research, and culture located in a region called the Palouse. The region is home to two land grant universities, Washington State University and the University of Idaho located just eight miles to the east in Moscow, Idaho. Washington’s second-largest city, Spokane, is located 75 miles north of Pullman. Demographics Daily designated Pullman a “dreamtown,” reflecting the city’s exceptionally high quality of life. Bloomberg Businessweek named Pullman the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” in Washington. The city also boasts one of the highest percentages of graduate degrees among U.S. micropolitan areas, and its public school system has been ranked among the top 100 in the country. Excellent outdoor recreation opportunities—including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating—are just a short drive away.

To learn more about the Pullman community, visit

Benefits Package
Competitive benefits available, more details at

Appointment Status Temporary Job Appointment (FTE%)

Position Term in Months 12 Monthly Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Position Qualifications
Required Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.

Additional Requirements
Related degrees include Animal Science, Life Sciences, or other closely related disciplines.

Hands-on experience in animal husbandry, particularly working with large animal species.

General laboratory experience, including reagent preparation, basic aseptic technique, and basic chemistry knowledge.

Ability to understand and follow laboratory SOP’s.

An excellent communicator with the capacity to function in a team environment and manage multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in relevant field.

Knowledgeable in reproductive physiology and animal genetics.

Ability to work both in field and research laboratory settings.

Experience performing artificial insemination and/or embryo transfer in cattle or pigs.

Experience working with mice and rats in a research setting, including administering treatments, performing surgical procedures, and maintaining breeding colonies.

Experience in molecular biology, including PCR, plasmid cloning, and basic microbiology.

Training or background in reproductive biology or experience working with mammalian gametes and embryos.

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Dedication to working in an interdisciplinary team environment.

Experience with following biosecurity protocols.

Ability to learn to use specialized equipment.

Possession of, or ability to obtain by time of hire, a valid driver’s license.

Will this position require a background check? This position has been designated by the department to require a background check
Posting Detail Information
Open Date 10/18/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Screening of applications will begin on November 7, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume or curriculum vitae (uploaded as resume) and 2) cover letter. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for at least three (3) professional references in the application

EEO Statement
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

Posting Number 20134695P
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
Cover Letter
Optional Documents