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Assistant Scientist III

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Scientist III - 3156
Pay Grade 35
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80012P
Working Title Assistant Scientist III
Advertised Employing Department Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
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 in Ames, Iowa is accepting applications for an Assistant Scientist III in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL). The ISU VDL is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory engaged daily in missions of service, instruction, and research. The laboratory receives more than 80,000 submissions from veterinarians and researchers annually.

This position will conduct very complex experiments using non-standard procedures for chemical analyses on a wide variety of biological specimens using state-of-the-art liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) technologies for both clinical diagnostic and research applications. The position uses these advanced analytical chemistry tools to detect and quantitate drugs, toxins, and a myriad of physiologically-impacting compounds in clinical specimens submitted to the ISU VDL by practicing veterinarians, researchers, exhibition or gaming commissions, and industry partners. This work will include researching and developing appropriate analyte isolation methods for subsequent characterization by LC/MS and GC/MS, as well as developing LC/MS and GC/MS methods that will optimize detection of these analytes. The individual will interpret and communicate the results to the ISU VDL clientele, prepare documents for publication and funding proposals, and develop major experimental methods for analyte isolation from biological matrices based on information from a wide variety of sources including literature reports, industry experience, and contact with colleagues in animal pharmacokinetics, veterinary toxicology, and the drug detection industries. The individual will maintain equipment, establish and follow maintenance procedures, train others on equipment use and procedures, and oversee and train entry-level scientists and students working in the laboratory.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively through speaking and writing, write reports to clearly explain and document clinical results and research findings, possess great attention to detail in day-to-day operation of sensitive instrumentation, and the ability to develop, validate, document, and successfully implement analytical methods for clinical diagnostic and research applications.

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 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience; or a Ph.D. or other professional degree and related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Degree must be in Chemistry, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or a closely related field.

Experience must include work in Mass Spectrometry.

Preferred Education and Experience

- PhD degree

- 5 years of experience in analyte detection by Mass Spectrometry.

- Advanced knowledge of chemistry and how pH, polarity, and molecular structure and functional groups affect the ability to isolate analytes.

- Advanced knowledge of appropriate equipment and instrumentation of manual and automated sample extraction, including solid phase extraction (SPE) and liquid/liquid extraction (LLE)

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Dr. David Borts
Department Contact Phone 515-294-1950
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
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 03/11/2018
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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EO Statement

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

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe, in detail, your experience with analyte detection by Mass Spectrometry.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe any experience that demonstrates knowledge of chemistry and how pH, polarity, and molecular structure and functional groups affect the ability to isolate analytes.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe any experience that demonstrates knowledge of appropriate equipment and instrumentation of manual and automated sample extraction, including solid phase extraction (SPE) and liquid/liquid extraction (LLE).

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

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