Iowa State University Assistant Scientist II - 3155 in Ames, Iowa

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Scientist II - 3155

Pay Grade 34

Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Base of Employment P - P&S

Job Category Professional and Scientific

Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80406P

Working Title Assistant Scientist II

Advertised Employing Department Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology

Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term

Proposed Start Date 08/01/2018

Proposed End Date or Length of Term 1 year term with possibility of renewal

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Iowa State University is seeking an Assistant Scientist II in the Genetics, Development and Cell Bio department to conduct research and help coordinate research efforts among multiple collaborating laboratories to assure our laboratory remains on task in multiple projects and meets established milestones.

Responsibilities include contributing to annual progress reports for funding agencies prepared by the project PI, conducting research in support for research projects, including development of innovative solutions for construction and testing of genome editing tools for use in peanut genome editing projects. The candidate will provide training for collaborating laboratory personnel to learn and trouble-shoot needed tools and research techniques, especially in molecular biology and genome editing. The candidate may be responsible for training of one or more ISU or visiting undergraduate or graduate students working on the projects, and training and supervision of one or more postdoctoral associates working on these projects in the Spalding lab.

The successful candidate will help to conceive and design research and will conduct research in support of multiple research projects involving molecular biology, genome editing, genetics, physiology and biochemistry of plants and algae. This will include collaborative research projects funded by multiple sources and involving collaborations with multiple other laboratories, so the successful candidate also will communicate with collaborating laboratories and help coordinate the research efforts with collaborating laboratories to assure our contributions to joint research projects remain on task. The successful candidate also will provide oversight and training for undergraduate students, interns and visiting students and scholars to guide their participation in research projects.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Preferred Education and Experience


Experience in molecular biology, genetics, physiology and biochemistry research.

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

Department Contact Name Martin Spalding

Department Contact Phone 515-294-1749

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” 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 ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary

Guaranteed Consideration Date 07/26/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

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 and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email