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The Washington National Primate Center has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Research Technologist 1.
The primary purpose of this position is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center:
Commitment to Research
Accountability – Productivity
Under general supervision this position provides comprehensive research support for investigators conducting research using nonhuman primates (NHPs) at the WaNPRC. This position will report to the Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Grants and Contracts Specialist, and will work as a member of the Kiem Lab team by participating in laboratory meetings and planning sessions. This position provides an essential function by coordinating and performing routine scientific work for research projects utilizing NHPs. Multiple projects involving different experimental protocols and schedules are conducted concurrently. This position requires excellent organizational skills plus the flexibility to work in an environment with constantly shifting and occasionally conflicting priorities is required.
Expected areas of applicable skills will be in performing experimental procedures on NHPs such as blood draws, administration of experimental and clinical drugs, minor surgical procedures and assistance with major surgeries, and monitoring of vital signs at the hands-on level under deadline pressure. Attention to detail in data acquisition and recording is also required. High priority is placed on communication and collaboration with other staff such as the psychological well-being coordinator, husbandry staff, and veterinary personnel for care of individual animals. Frequent interaction with supervisory and research staff is also required.
Perform research projects including identifying animals and setting up supplies and equipment required to perform approved procedures and performing the procedures.
Prepare supplies needed to perform research specimen requests, perform collection, package and distribute samples.
Perform all standard research techniques approved for nonhuman primates according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Interact with clients, investigators and Division of Primate Resources (DPR) staff efficiently and professionally.
Sedate animals using controlled substances including placement of IV catheters, venipuncture blood draws and bone marrow aspirations.
Administer anesthetics (IV and inhalation) and monitor the animals’ vital signs and level of anesthesia.
Address emergencies by maintaining airway by placing endotracheal tube and administering emergency drugs.
Use established aseptic techniques to perform minor surgical procedures such as lymph node biopsies and skin and bone biopsies and their follow-up care.
Maintain and support complex IV tether projects.
In necropsy, serve as assistant to the dissector and perform various techniques.
Assist investigators in their tissue collection following their detailed protocols which may include preparation of tissue for cryopreservation, and various other media solutions or fixatives.
Complete and submit records of sample collections, experimental procedures, drugs and controlled substance dosages administered, and treatment room logbooks.
Record personnel time for re-charging to investigators.
Animal Research Management System Data (ARMS) Entry
Enter data of experimental procedures and drugs administered to animals on research projects into the Animal Research Management System (ARMS).
Assist with personnel time billing and UW Medical Center (UWMC) billing as assigned.
Monitor animals for clinical signs of disease, either experimentally related or spontaneous and reports to the clinical veterinary staff.
Administer research related drugs and clinical treatments as directed.
Record Keeping & Inventory Maintenance
Receive and keep records for Schedule II & III controlled drugs.
Maintain, sanitize, and stock supplies and equipment in procedure rooms.
Attend meetings, lectures, and training sessions.
Perform the duties required of Essential Personnel members in the event of an emergency.
Stay current on all required training.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Two years experience as a Laboratory Technician II, or equivalent; OR a Bachelors Degree in an appropriate field of science or technology.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Adaptable, learns well in various environments.
Experience working on multiple projects concurrently under deadline pressure and changing priorities.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Self-motivated individual with strong problem solving skills.
Ability to work independently and collaborate well with a diverse group of individuals.
At least two years of working experience with animals in research, specifically nonhuman primates preferred.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Availability to work weekends
The animal technicians coordinate their schedules together, and may be required to work on Saturdays or Sundays. Candidates should be available to work on weekend days in the event their scheduled work falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
Contact with animals.
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of health assessment at the UW's Employee Health Clinic. The health assessment may include but is not limited to tuberculosis clearance, measles clearance, serum banking, immunizations such as tetanus and vaccinia, physical exam and/or review of work health history, x-rays, and/or assessment to wear positive or negative respiratory protective equipment. These health assessments will be repeated periodically during work assignment.
This position 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. Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures, and staying current on all required training. Bloodborne pathogen training and compliance with all WaNPRC and UW security policies is also mandatory. This position involves handling nonhuman primates and human pathogenic organisms. The ability to work in an ABSL-3 containment facility may be required.
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