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University of Washington RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 1 in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 197757

Department: THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL PRIMATE CENTER

Posting Date: 10/14/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. (https://hr.uw.edu/benefits/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/02/benefits-professional-staff-librarians-academi-staff-20210208.pdf)

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. The Washington National Primate Center has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer 1. Additional openings may be filled from this recruitment. 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

  • Teamwork

  • Accountability – Productivity

  • Communication This primary purpose of this position is to 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. In addition, this position is responsible for applying standardized veterinary concepts and procedures for the effective care of animals housed within the center. Additional duties and responsibilities assigned to the incumbent are: Contributing data for NPC technical research reports and publications; contributing recommendations regarding the feasibility of whole research projects or phases within a research project; and contributing to the development of new research methods and approaches. 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. RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Generate, schedule, and Execute course of treatments for colony and research animals

  • Collaborate with PIs and Veterinarians on all aspects of animal care for new and ongoing research protocols

  • Surgery support (anesthesia, assist with major surgeries, perform minor surgeries)

  • Managing treatment room, supplies, and drugs inventory and keep detailed records

  • Provide training to staff and ensure adherence to SOPs, participate in all training activities necessary for performance of the job

  • Collect samples for clinical and research purposes, document specimens taken into a database 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. REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, certification LVT or Vet assistant, and 1 year of related experience. Equivalent combination of education/experience will be strongly considered.

  • 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. DESIRED:

  • Experience administering and monitoring anesthesia in animals and performing other veterinary technical procedures

  • Veterinary Licensure or ability to obtain one within 6 months of employment

  • 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. Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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