Assistant Scientist II

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Scientist II - 3155
Pay Grade 34
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80023P
Working Title Assistant Scientist II
Advertised Employing Department Biomedical Sciences
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term 1 year
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is now accepting applications for an Assistant Scientist II for the Department of Biomedical Sciences to join an interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff with an interest in basic science, veterinary medicine, and bioengineering. The department, in conjunction with the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, strives to be strong academically, conducts research in multiple areas of Veterinary and Translational Sciences, educates professional veterinary students, and provides specialized and comprehensive medical and surgical services for companion, equine, and food animals throughout Iowa and surrounding states.

The incumbent will advance technical and scientific support for the generation, maintenance, differentiation and characterization of canine primary stem cells, leading to the development of the first canine organoid bioarchive. Additional primary responsibilities include culture-dependent/culture-independent microbiology and molecular microbiology in biologic tissues. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of experimental designs, methods and techniques to study specific epithelial cell functions (i.e. apoptosis, necroapoptosis, cytokine and chemokine production, mucus production, defensin production, barrier function). The incumbent will use intestinal epithelial cell lines and organoid cultures to perform various RNA and phenotypic screens. The selected candidate will also establish protocols for genetic modification and perturbation of cellular pathways of organoids to understand the effect such modifications have on organoid growth, differentiation, survival, and inflammatory function. Additionally, the successful candidate should have some understanding of microfluidic systems with previous experience in bioengineering of epithelial cells.

The selected candidate will be working with cell cultures including primary cell lines, developing complex functional assays, quantitate RT-PCR, FISH, immunohistochemistry, high content imaging, and mouse models of IBD.

Finally, the successful candidate is expected to assist with the writing of peer-reviewed publications and posters, contribute to grant writing and provide technical support to research resulting in a patent. He/she will be involved in the supervision of graduate students (MS or Ph.D) and entry level Research Associates.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

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 36,000 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.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Degree must be in bioengineering, biology or related field

Preferred Education and Experience

MS or PhD in bioengineering, biology, or related field

Experience in advanced microbiologic techniques

Experience in primary cell culture and/or stem cell culture, quantitative assay development, biochemistry, imaging, microfluidics and computational data analysis

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

This position has been reposted.

Department Contact Name Jon Mochel
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Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 02/05/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

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.

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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

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents