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RESEARCH/LAB TECHNICIAN (6 weeks - northwestern and northcentral Kansas)

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs
Employment Type
Part Time
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Veterinary Pathobiology- College of Veterinary Medicine, Univeristy of Missouri

This position is managed by the School of Veterinary Medicine at Columbia Campus. For questions about the application please contact the Columbia Campus HR at 573-882-7976. For further information about the job please contact Dr. Zoe Koestel (

Job Description

There are currently 3 available seasonal positions (240 hours max – 6 weeks) located in northwestern and northcentral Kansas.

These positions are being employed to study Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) prevalence among cervid species in Kansas. These positions will work alongside Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and University of Missouri personnel to gather specimens from hunter harvested and road-killed cervids. This data will be used to estimate CWD prevalence among cervids in the region.

The incumbents will be expected to have a background in wildlife biology, some experience on how to collect and handle biological specimens, read aerial maps, handheld devices, and legal descriptions. Training will be provided on how to collect and handle biological specimen upon hire, but prior experience is preferable. The incumbents will have frequent contact with deer hunters, taxidermists, and other project cooperators. Incumbents will be expected to familiarize themselves with CWD in Kansas and may be required to answer questions or demonstrate lymph node collection in response to hunter inquiry. Incumbents will be expected to work with animal carcasses, blood, tissues, and instruments/preservatives required for sample collection. Additional duties within the scope of the research may be required.


Hourly wage $17/hour

Grade: GGS 4


Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Incumbent(s) will work 40 hours per week and pay will be bi-weekly according to the University’s pay schedule. Position will require weekend hours (including both weekends of the Kansas firearms deer season) and may require some overnight travel. Position will run from November 02 to December 15, 2022. End date is nonnegotiable.

Minimum Qualifications

A high school diploma or an equivalent combination of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

The applicant must be authorized to work full-time in the US and have a valid driver's license. Must possess a vehicle capable of transportation between various job sites (mileage reimbursement available) and a cell phone to use for project related communication. Vehicle and cell phone are not provided. Housing costs will be covered for the duration of the job if necessary.

Must be physically fit and be able to perform a variety of demanding tasks in a variety of outdoor settings and weather conditions. Must be able to work independently and as a team member.

Preference will be given to students who are working towards a degree in wildlife biology/natural resources or a related area. Should be comfortable handling animal carcasses, blood, and tissues. Must be able to work independently and interact well with members of the public, cooperators, and KDWP/University of Missouri staff.

Application Materials

To be considered, provide a resume (including references) and brief cover letter on the MU Application system. Interviews will be scheduled and held virtually once applications have been reviewed.

Application Deadline

Deadline: October 14, 2022 or until filled

Benefit Eligibility

This position is not eligible for University benefits. Individuals in non benefit eligible positions may choose to participate in the Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (403b). For information about this plan, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations/Affirmative Action Officer at 573-884-2577 .

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.


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