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Fungal Genetics Stock Center Curator

Apply now Department: 3670010110 Plant Pathology
Job no: 513568
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants, Natural / Quantitative Sciences, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 08A

About This Role:

The Fungal Genetics Stock Center (FGSC) was founded in 1960 to serve the needs of the Neurospora research community.  Through the years it has expanded to include many more filamentous fungi and some yeasts.  It oversees the publication of Fungal Genetics Reports and supplies fungal cultures to industrial and academic clients world wide.  The Curator is an essential part of the team that manages the FGSC and is responsible for its day-to-day operations in collaboration with existing staff.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Filling orders for strains and reagents.  Includes culturing strains, packaging, shipping and entering orders into computer for processing. 
  • Verify strain viability, genotypes and phenotypes.
  • Organize collection for ready access of strains.
  • Accession new strains. 
  • Assist customers in finding correct strains/reagents.
  • Routine maintenance of equipment.
  • Order and prepare laboratory supplies and reagents.
  • Update FGSC databases and web site in collaboration with Throckmorton IT and KSU Library Staff. 
  • Enter new strain information into database, and supply Library with PDFs of deposit sheets for archive.
  • Prepare statistical information for Board of Directors’ meetings and annual reports.
  • Participate in preparation of grant proposals and other materials associated with the FGSC.
  • Assist with management and execution of workshops organized under the auspices of the FGSC.
  • Represent FGSC at scientific and technical meetings as requested by the FGSC Director.
  • Other duties as assigned by the FGSC Director.

Why Join Us:

The FGSC is run by a small team of individuals highly dedicated to the preservation of genetic and biological resources for future use by fungal biologists and is interested in people with similar dedication who can maintain past resources and help create new ones in interaction with the user community.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Biology, Microbiology, Genetics or related area.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Biology, Microbiology, Genetics or related area.
  • Experience with sterile technique, fungal cultures, especially Neurospora, molecular biology, organizing complex data sets, and managing a database. 

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins on August 15, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

 $21.63 - $30.23 per hour ($45,000 - $62,882)

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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