Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
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The Department of Pathology currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST ENGINEER 2.
This position provides research support to the Heart Regeneration Program (HRP) utilizing non-human primates.
Under the general supervision of HRP's Preclinical Team Lead, this position provides comprehensive research support for cardiovascular research using nonhuman primates (NHPs) at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). This position provides an essential function by coordinating and performing scientific work for HRP's research projects utilizing NHPs. Multiple studies 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 research staff, as well as the husbandry staff, and veterinary personnel for care of individual animals.
Research Support: (75%)
Perform research specific procedures such as blood draws, tether training and maintenance, and administration of drugs according to established research project protocols and schedules.
Arrange for animal fasting, setting up & cleaning up, submitting appropriate paperwork, and distributing samples to required locations.
Set up for and assist with major surgeries and necropsies and prepare tissues for distribution.
Perform anesthesia on NHPs for animal surgical and experimental procedures.
Monitor study animals for clinical signs of disease, either experimentally related or spontaneous and report to research personnel and clinical veterinary staff
Interact with husbandry, psychological well-being and veterinary staff concerning issues with individual research project animals.
Perform the duties required of Essential Personnel members in the event of an emergency.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Data management: (20%)
Maintain, analyze, and distribute study related data and details of experimental procedures to research group
Enter data of experimental procedures and drugs administered to animals on research projects into the Animal Research Management System.
Stay current on all required training.
Participation in meetings with research team to plan details of project and discuss project results and future directions.
A Bachelor of Veterinary Science or similar subject area. Equivalent experience may be substituted for degree requirement.
A minimum of two years' experience working with laboratory animals, including at least one year working with non-human primates (NHPs) in a biomedical research facility setting.
Must have knowledge of animal welfare regulations, bio-safety principles and practices, radiation safety, and controlled substances regulations.
Must be able to perform routine sedations with NHPs.
Must have the ability to coordinate and manage multiple complex studies simultaneously, within institutional standard operating procedures, and approved research protocols.
Demonstrated ability work well both independently and in collaboration with diverse staff and research investigators.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of non-human primates,
Experience working with animals on tether systems,
Experience in NHP surgical procedures,
Experience providing anesthesia to NHPs in a surgical setting.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
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.
Since this position will be for handling controlled substances, the successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check
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