Summary of Duties: The Scientific Assistant assists in the conception and implementation of research including collection, analysis, and interpretation of research data from experiments conducted in the field, with captive elk, and in the laboratory. The position will oversee operation of the captive elk facility and laboratory, and conduct research necropsies. Other duties include: sample collection, processing, and archiving; animal handling and health evaluation; assessing field and laboratory inventory and ordering supplies as needed; maintaining records on veterinary drugs; maintaining regulatory and safety protocols and records; maintaining a basic understanding of relevant literature; and participating in weekly lab meetings. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with others, work independently, and keep accurate research records. A willingness to learn additional laboratory techniques and problem solve as needed for advancement of the research is important.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors 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 Masters degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.