Montana State University

Temporary Position
Vacancy Announcement
July 28, 2014

RESEARCH ASSISTANT III *One year fixed-term*

Position Number     4M2114
Start Date Upon successful completion of selection process
Starting Salary

Wage of $13.248 per hour

FTE Full-time (1.0 FTE)
Benefits Eligible for benefits
Bargaining Unit Montana Public Employees Association
Overtime Status Eligible for overtime

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) is engaged in research, teaching, and service. The primary mission of DMI is to perform basic and applied research to achieve a better understanding of animal health and disease.

Duties and

Under the supervision of the Animal Research Manager, the person in this position will be responsible for the direct care of all livestock used for research. Duties include: aseptic collection of all specimens from livestock including, but not limited to, blood, tissue, and lymphatic fluid; performing euthanasia; completing technical/medical procedures such as catheterization of veins and lymph vessels; operation of endoscopes and gas anesthetic machines; understanding of biosafety levels and techniques; training employees on biohazard procedures; supervising up to five student employees in the feeding and care of livestock; assessing and evaluating the health and results of animals in active research; assisting in surgery using aseptic techniques; other related duties as assigned.

1.   High School diploma or GED
2.   Experience in maintaining detailed records
3.   One year experience working with livestock
1.   One year secondary education plus one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) livestock experience or an equal combination of education and experience
2.   Experience in livestock research
3.   Ability/experience to recognize diseases and signs/symptoms of diseases of livestock
4.   Ability/experience to administer treatments by IV, SQ, IM or oral routes
5.   Experience operating commercial/research sterilizers, decontamination processes, including biohazards, and knowledge of laboratory safety practices.
6.   Demonstrated supervisory experience including effective communication skills, ability to teach all staff proper techniques and ensure compliance with all SOP’s, employee scheduling and time reports.
The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will also have the following abilities :

Be a quick learner who can ask questions in order to understand processes;

Take constructive criticism and offer input and feedback; Not afraid of getting dirty;

Be a team player who can think quickly and make good decisions;

Experience accurately following verbal and written instructions;

Must effectively operate specialized work-related equipment;

To communicate effectively with others;

Maintain confidentiality of records and information;

Represent DMI and its programs to others in a professional and courteous manner.

*We will provide on-the-job training for the successful candidate, whether or not you possess any/all of the preferred qualifications.*

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Ability to lift 75 pounds
3.   Ability to be on one’s feet for most of the workday
4.   Will have exposure to zoonotic diseases associated with livestock
5.   Must be able to work weekends, holidays, and evenings as needed
6.   Ability to work outdoors in inclement and extreme weather conditions typical of Bozeman, MT

This is a one year fixed-term position.


Screening of applications will begin on August 11, 2014, and continue until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, please download the application materials by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application.

The applicant must submit an MSU Application. Electronic submissions are highly preferred. An original signature of the MSU-Bozeman Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to:

Kerri Jones
Montana State University
Microbiology and Immunology
PO Box 173520
Bozeman, MT 59717-3520
Phone: 406-994-4632

Posted 7/28/14 bbclark