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Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

Job Description

The College of Veterinary Medicine at MU is on a mission to inclusively educate and train outstanding clinicians and scientists from diverse backgrounds, generate new knowledge, engage stakeholders, and foster economic growth, all of which promote and protect the health and welfare of animals and people. Simply put, our mission is to Teach, Heal, Discover, and Serve.

The Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory is a full-service laboratory accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). It provides in-depth laboratory diagnostic support to veterinary practitioners, livestock and poultry industry interests, companion animal interests, wildlife conservationists, scientists utilizing animals in their research throughout the university, state and regulatory officials, and clinicians of the MU Veterinary Health Center. The laboratory handles more than 200,000 specimens a year and serves Missouri’s 114 counties and surrounding states by performing over 170,000 diagnostic tests annually. The VMDL also conducts fundamental and applied research to address animal health and public health issues.

The Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL) is seeking to hire a Clinical Lab Specialist I to work in the Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology Section (ACTS). In this role, you will work closely with the analytical chemist in the laboratory and assist in research and routine diagnostic service.

Representative Duties Include:

· Perform routine analytical tests in the research lab of the in the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL) using standard operating procedu re s (SOPs) utilizing a variety of analytical in s truments such as HPLC, GC-MS, and LC-MS .

· Read literature applicable to research areas as required.

· Assist in developing and implementing new analytical assay s as needed.

· Assist in the preparation of reports and analyses of diagnostic tests and experiments using standard procedures and guidelines.

· Participat e in laboratory meetings and planning sessions.

· Participate in the VMDL Quality Assurance System .

· T rain stu d ents in sample preparation in the laboratory.

· Assist in the inventorying and ordering of reagents and other laboratory supplies.

· Routine maintenance of equipment.

· Maintaining a safe and clean working environment.


Salary Range: $20.00 - $21.50/hour; commensurate with education and experience.

Grade: GGS-007


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Full-time, 40 hours, Monday-Friday.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

· MS degree or higher with working experience in a Toxicology or Analytical Chemistry laboratory is preferred.

· Familiarity with one or more analytical instruments such as HPLC, GC-MS, and LC-MS.

· Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Biochemistry, Animal Science, Plant Science or related field in science with over three years of related working experience.

· Must be familiar with Word and Excel.

· Detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills.

· Able to learn a complex task with general instructions and training.

· Demonstrated ability to follow detailed directions in a research laboratory environment.

Application Materials

Online application, resume and list of three references.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

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


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