Associate Scientist
Iowa State University - Ames, IA

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The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is accepting applications for an Associate Scientist. This position will reside within the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) and will conduct research of biological matrices 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 quantifiably detect 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 for characterization on LC-MS and GC-MS, as well as, developing LC-MS and GC-MS methods that will optimize detection of said analytes. The individual will interpret and communicate the results to the section leader and other interested parties and assist in preparing documents for publication and funding proposals. The individual will work on developing innovative methods for analyte isolation from biological matrices based on information from a wide variety of sources including literature reports, industry experience, and contacts with colleagues in animal pharmokinetics and the drug detection industries.

Additional job responsibilities include coordinating maintenance of equipment, training others in proper use of the equipment and procedures, and training students that may be working in the laboratory.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively through speaking and writing reports to clearly explain and document clinical results and research findings, show great attention to detail in relation to day to day operation of sensitive instrumentation including appropriate tuning of instruments and sample reproducibility; and possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills in order to work as part of a team.

Required Qualifications
Master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology or applied science with 5 years of experience related to this position or Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology or applied science with 2 years of experience related to this position.

Preferred Qualifications
- Advanced degree in chemistry, biochemistry or toxicology.
- Experience with advanced mass spectrometric testing techniques.
- Experience with quality control in an analytical laboratory, applicable ISOs, QA/QC, and good lab practice.
-Demonstrated scientific experience conducting successful experiments and drawing conclusions with a demonstrated significant record of success over a five year period.

Minimum $56,196; commensurate with qualifications

Special Conditions
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.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please click on "Apply for this Vacancy" 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 vacancy, please email Dr. Johann Coetzee at or call 515-294-1950.

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

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