Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The Washington National Primate Center has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 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
This position will support research and core programs within the WaNPRC. The employee in this position will provide care to the research animals and ensure that procedures and daily activities are performed in accordance with associated protocol and regulatory requirements. This position will provide support to the outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and health of non-human primates. Not only will this person provide support via clinical care of experimentally manipulated animals, they will also provide technical support for actual experimental procedures. Some examples of projects include but are not limited to the following: development of effective vaccines against HIV/AIDS via the oral mucosa, investigation of the effects of antibiotics on microbial communities and mucosal immunology of the GI tract and research of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) targeting HIV resistant cells.
This position performs continuous surveillance for all the research animals for clinical signs of diseases, , data management, and high level oversight of care required for animals on multiple projects. This person also coordinates, plans, executes, and documents post surgical care: analgesics, monitoring, technical support during sample collections, blood draws, swab collections, administration of clinical medications, and maintains cleanliness and supply stocks in treatment rooms.
-Generate, schedule, and Execute course of treatments for research animals
-Collaborate with PIs on all aspects of animal care for new and ongoing research protocols
-Surgery support (anesthesia, assist with major surgeries, perform minor surgeries)
-Managing all control drugs inventory and detail record keeping
-Collect and Document data
-Oversee Veterinary Services inventory and procurement
-Provide training to staff and ensure adherence to SOPs, participate in all training activities necessary for performance of the job
-Surgery facility maintenance, cleaning of anesthesia machine, surgical instruments, and monitoring equipment
-Collect samples for research purposes, documents specimens taken into a database
-Lead for team of vet specialists, guide work of others
The Office of Research and the Primate Center shares President Cauce’s commitment to combat inequities and racism. The values of diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the success of our research enterprise and are embedded in the culture of who we are as institution and employer.
We will honor different and unique identities and nurture an accessible, welcoming and respectful environment for all staff, and students and faculty in the Office of Research Primate Center and for all members of the UW research community. We will regularly review our services and systems and adapt them to reflect the evolving environments and work styles of our employees and those we serve.
We are ALL responsible for confronting bias and inequities, both individual and institutional, that persist here and throughout our society. Our call is to remove barriers and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. We all must commit to this ongoing work.
Recognizing and valuing diversity will make the Office of Research Primate Center and the University stronger, and enrich the stellar research carried out at the UW.
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or related field and 1 year of related experience, and equivalent combination of education/experience will be strongly considered
Veterinary Licensure or ability to obtain one within 6 months of employment
Experience administering and monitoring anesthesia in animals and performing other veterinary technical procedures
Excellent organizational skills and flexibility to work in an environment with constantly shifting and occasionally conflicting priorities
Ability to work with minimal supervision as well as collegially within diverse groups, following established guidelines
Ability to take direction and communicate effectively with others
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate judgement in sensitive situations
Ability to generate and maintain accurate, detailed records using appropriate medical language
Independent computer skills, including basic skills to use email and navigate on the internet
Be able to assist veterinarians in all situation
Proficiency in drug calculations, formulations, and dilutions
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of non-human primates
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and carry 30 pounds
- Physical ability required to do the work
- Must be available to work some weekends and holidays and provide facility coverage for employees who are absent
- 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, and immunizations, such as tetanus and rabies, 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. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing.
- Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies and procedures
- This is an essential position. The employee is expected to report to work under conditions that other employees are not required to report to work, such as inclement weather and UW campus suspended operations.
- Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position.
- Adhere to the WaNPRC Environmental Enhancement Plan requirements for NHPs.
- Participate in the Behavioral Management and Positive Reinforcement Primate Training Programs.
- Develop a working knowledge of classical and operant conditioning principles and how they apply to handling primates in a research environment, with positive reinforcement as the expectation.
- Develop a working knowledge of non-human primate behavior.
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