Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is one of 12 basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The mission of the department is to advance knowledge and improve the health and welfare of humans and animals through excellent service support, biomedical research, and teaching. DCM is the central laboratory animal medicine resource at the University of Washington, supporting over 114,000 assignable square feet of animal facilities with an average daily census in excess of 100,000 animals across multiple species (e.g., rodents, rabbits, swine, and zebrafish). The department employs over 175 individuals who provide a comprehensive range of animal husbandry, veterinary, and laboratory services across numerous vivaria. The UW animal care program is accredited by AAALAC International and provides services to over 400 principal investigators. DCM faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and residents conduct basic and clinical research on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, comparative aspects of infectious disease, aging, cancer biology and genetics.
The Department of Comparative Medicine is currently recruiting for a Research Scientist 1 for a research investigation into the pathobiology of aging using a number of experimental approaches including mouse modeling, laboratory bench procedures, geropathology, and database management. Incumbents work under limited supervision to complete assigned tasks/projects demonstrating an ability to work independently. Overall direction will be supplied by the PI in routine meetings. The employee will be responsible for following these general guidelines and for adjusting these directions as the need arises.
RESPONSIBILITIES •Perform PCR procedures, microplate assays, immunoblotting, and Luminex applications. •Acquisition of tissue specimens (requires excellent hand-eye coordination). •Perform tissue processing and standard histology using accepted methods and techniques (fixing, decalcification, sectioning, and staining of tissue). •Contribute data/findings for use in reports, documents or oral/written presentations. •Assist with and perform mouse studies (e.g. monitoring, weighing, administration of drug treatments, performing physiological and behavioral assays). •Develop conclusions from experimental data collected. •Keep highly accurate records of specimens received, processed and stored. Collect, compile (e.g. entering data into Excel spreadsheet and generating graphs) and correlate data and recognize discrepancies in results. •Maintain accurate and up to date research notebooks that provide sufficient detailed information for reproducing results or procedures by other individuals. •Summarize data and prepare research notes. •Communicate with collaborators and management on progress. •Maintain laboratory equipment. •Interact in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals and provide ideas for improved efficiency. •Define and improve practices from experiences on small projects. •Administrative duties including but not limited to purchasing, maintaining inventory, data entry, filing, scheduling meetings and updating website. •Learn new techniques as required for optimal job performance. Learn techniques for cryostat tissue processing and staining. •Perform other related duties as required.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS •A Bachelor's degree in the basic biological sciences is required with an emphasis in one of the biology disciplines. •Minimum experience: three months to one year.
Additional Requirements: •Experience with the following techniques: PCR, western blot, and cell cultures. •Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as computer skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint are necessary for the research scientist to convey research findings to the investigator and to work with collaborators. •Must be willing to learn cryostat and staining procedures, immunohistochemistry, and work with rodents.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED REQUIREMENTS •Previous experience with Immunohistochemistry and PCR. •Experience with basic statistical analysis. •Experience with mouse behavioral and physiological assays. •Previous experience working with handling mice.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT •Must be willing and able to work with rodents. •Regular work schedule will be Monday - Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm; schedule may change to meet the needs of lab work. •Some weekend and holiday work may be required. •May be required to work with and take specific precautions, against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing. •The employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures. •Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position. •Highly organized and attentive to detail. •Ability to work in a team and individually. •This is an essential position and the employee will be expected to report to work under conditions that other employees are not required to report to work, such as inclement weather and UW suspended operations.
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