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The Primate Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Engineer 2. The primary purpose of this position is to provide support for 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: o Commitment to Research o Teamwork o Accountability Productivity o Communication
This position provides research support to Principal Investigators engaged in biomedical research utilizing nonhuman primates. Under the general supervision of the Research Support Supervisor, this position provides comprehensive research support for investigators conducting research using nonhuman primates (NHPs) at the WaNPRC. 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.
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.
Research Support Services
Perform routine and research specific procedures including blood draws, inoculations and biopsies according to established research project protocols and schedules.
Arrange for animal fasting, set up and clean up before and after procedures, submit appropriate paperwork, and distribute 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.
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.
Record, correlate and prepare study-related data for distribution to investigators.
Maintain, analyze, and distribute records of blood work and details of experimental procedures to research groups and other WaNPRC teams as necessary.
Enter data of experimental procedures and drugs administered to animals on research projects into the Animal Research Management System.
Acquire new skills to perform new animal-related techniques as required by specific project assignments. Train others as appropriate.
Stay current on all required training.
Manage research projects including participation in meetings with research team to plan details of project performance and discuss project results and future directions.
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Bachelor's Degree in Biology or other natural science or equivalent experience.
Two years hands-on experience working with nonhuman primates in a research environment.
Excellent written and oral communication skills with great attention to detail.
Demonstrated capacity to work both independently and in collaboration with a diverse staff from a range of educational backgrounds and with research investigators.
Knowledge of animal welfare regulations, laboratory safety principles including biosafety, universal precautions, sharps handling, personal protective equipment, radiation safety, controlled drug regulations and record keeping, and hazardous substance shipping.
Proficient in use of Microsoft Office suite software.
Skilled at coordinating and managing multiple complex projects.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and normal behaviors of nonhuman primates.
1 to 3 years experience as a Veterinary Technologist,
1 to 3 years experience with operation of gas anesthetic equipment in a surgical setting.
1 to 3 years experience working in an ABSL-2/3 environment with use of appropriate safety precautions and reporting requirements.
1 to 3 years experience with endoscopic biopsy techniques, blood and other fluid and tissue sampling methods, and aseptic procedures.
1 to 3 years experience with monitoring and understanding the basic vital signs of nonhuman primates both manually and with electronic patient monitoring equipment.
1 to 3 years experience working in a fast-paced and research-driven environment with a large and diverse number of staff members.
Conditions 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, and immunizations such as tetanus, 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 Animal Biosafety Level-3 containment facility may be required. 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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