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The Horwitz Lab in the UW Department of Physiology and Biophysics has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary (3-month), Full-Time Data Analyst/Nonhuman Primate (NHP) Research Scientist.
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 (NHP) health and biology. In conjunction with this mission, these values link this position to our purpose: •Commitment to Research •Teamwork •Accountability/Productivity •Communication
Under the general supervision of a principal investigator (PI), this position serves a critical function in furthering research on visual system function by conducting behavioral and electrophysiological experiments with NHPs. In addition, this position provides animal care consistent with research and clinical needs and other support services typical of general laboratory operations.
Conducting experiments (40%)
•Train NHPs by monitoring their performance, adjusting task difficulty and providing rewards to reinforce desired behavior. •Collect NHP behavioral data to monitor progress across training sessions. •Collect NHP electrophysiological data. •Clean NHP recording chambers.
Data analysis (40%)
•Analyze data using Matlab, Python, or similar programming language.
Other duties (20%)
•Stay current on all required training. •Assist with cleaning duties. •Perform other duties as assigned.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
•Able to lift at least 50 lbs. •Able to work a flexible schedule with occasional off hours and weekend work. •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. Blood-borne 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. •Since this position may involve handling controlled substances, the successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check.
•Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, engineering, applied math, computer science, or related field and at least one year of relevant laboratory research experience. •Experience coding in Matlab, Python, or similar language •Able to identify equipment failures and able to work with the Supervisor to repair broken equipment. •Able to collect behavioral and electrophysiological data in a consistent and reliable manner. •Strong interpersonal and communication skills. •Ability to work independently and collaborate well with a diverse group of people.. •Experience with animals in a laboratory, agricultural, or veterinary context. •This position requires strong interpersonal and communication skills as the employee will be interacting closely with the clinical staff, animal husbandry staff, and research staff. •Strong technical skills are essential in order to understand and follow specific protocols.
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