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NBAF: High Containment Laboratory Technician Training Program

The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Kansas State University are accepting applications for up to ten undergraduate fellowship positions. This U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) sponsored program is designed to build technical skills and expertise to fill the workforce needs of the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) at the new National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, KS and the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, IA.

The NBAF Laboratorian Training Program (NLTP) will provide essential knowledge for working with pathogens in a high containment environment, an introduction to skills and procedures used in a diagnostic laboratory, and will provide initial training for people interested in applying for technical positions with USDA APHIS or other employers.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be entering junior or senior year of undergraduate study OR have recently graduated from an accredited undergraduate program with a degree in the field of biology, chemistry, microbiology, agriculture or other related major.
  • Exhibit a strong interest in working at NBAF or NVSL in a technical laboratory position.

Program Requirements

Must enroll in K-State’s online course DMP 691 Introduction to High Containment Laboratory Topics and Techniques as a degree seeking undergraduate student or a non-degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student (depending on credit preference) during the summer 2020 semester.

Must attend an eight-week training seminar at BRI held June 8 through July 31, 2020. Fellows will be required to enroll in K-State course DMP 690 Essential Practices for BSL-3 Research during this same time period. The seminar program will consist of formal presentations and interactive discussions with current APHIS FADDL and K-State subject matter experts and hands-on training activities in the BSL-3 training laboratory and BSL-2 containment laboratory space. Students will be required to schedule and participate in a week long high containment training at BRI and pass a background check prior to June, 2020.  


$5000 stipend

Required Application Materials

Each applicant must submit the following:

For priority consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m.CT, November 12, 2019.

Submit all application materials to:

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