Utah State University

Temporary Researcher II

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/13/2023 11:05 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University is seeking a Temporary Researcher II.


The Researcher II position involves using a multi-disciplinary approach, contemporary techniques, and emerging technologies (high throughput sequencing) to interrogate respiratory, cutaneous, and
gastrointestinal bacterial pathogens, particularly those with zoonotic potential.


Available studies include 1) identifying how bacterial pathogens modify their gene expression profiles during infection, 2) characterizing novel, non-essential virulence determinants that important to bacterial fitness in the host, 3) developing improved and biologically-relevant animal models of infection, and 4) utilizing novel virulence factors to advance and/or develop medical diagnostics and countermeasures (vaccines).


This is a full-time, 12-month, temporary position with benefits.


  • Communicating regularly and in a timely fashion with the PI regarding research and other issues relevant to the operation of the laboratory (e.g. daily communication ideal, but in some instances 1-2 times/week may be sufficient).
  • Assisting with the daily operations of the laboratory.
  • Assisting in the preparation of research grants and publications and making their associated deadlines in advance to ensure on-time submissions.
  • Teaching fellow lab members both scientific concepts and bench top techniques (students, technicians, and/or other postdoctoral associates).
  • Assisting with the supervision of the other members of the laboratory (students, technicians, and/or junior postdoctoral associates).
  • Establishing and/or working on any animal models utilized by the laboratory in accordance with all of the compliance rules, experimental guidelines, and husbandry schedules as governed by the LARC and USU IACUC.
  • Working along with the PI towards development as an independent investigator. It is acknowledged that this personal career development involves a lot of intangible soft skills work (scientific writing, practicing verbal communication skills, project management skills, background reading, etc) that will likely extend outside the normal confines of a standard work schedule (e.g. Monday through Friday, 8AM – 5PM ).


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in infectious diseases, microbiology, biochemistry, or a related field, plus two years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent communication (written, oral, and interpersonal) skills are essential, as is the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team setting.
  • The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment, and for the proposed term of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Molecular biology experience with pathogenic Escherichia coli species, small and large animal models of infection, and/or training and experience in high containment (BSL3, ABSL3, BSL3-Ag) are preferred.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Contact information for Three Professional References
  3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The CVM is USU’s ninth and newest college. Currently, 30 students (20 Utah residents and 10 non-residents) are admitted to USU’s veterinary program each year.  Each cohort of students completes their first two years of study at USU in Logan, Utah, after which they complete the remaining two years in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.


Utah State University is located in Logan/Cache Valley (http://www.loganut.org; http://www.cachechamber.com), a northern Utah population center of over 100,000 residents. Nestled in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, Logan is 80 miles northeast of Salt Lake City and within a day’s driving distance of six national parks. Its close proximity to ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains make it one of the finest recreation environments in the nation. The area has excellent schools, a low crime rate, and a flourishing arts scene.  Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is a Carnegie Doctoral Higher Research Activity Land-Grant Institution with an enrollment of 27,662 students.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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