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The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is one of 12 basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The mission of the department is to advance knowledge and improve the health and welfare of humans and animals through excellent service support, biomedical research, and teaching. DCM is the major laboratory animal medicine resource at the University of Washington. The department employs over 175 individuals who provide a comprehensive range of animal husbandry, veterinary, and laboratory services for an AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) accredited vivarium which houses animals that are used by over 500 principal investigators. Faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and residents (laboratory animal medicine and pathology) conduct basic and clinical research on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, comparative aspects of infectious disease, aging, cancer biology and genetics.
The Department of Comparative Medicine currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist 1. This individual will serve as part of a fast paced Veterinary Services team. The primary purpose of this position is to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues, as well as animal health. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purposes as a department: advancing research, training, teamwork, and integrity and trust.
The primary duty of this position is to support research and core programs within the Department of Comparative Medicine and the University of Washington by providing technical expertise in the performance of animal-related activities. Support for research groups requires following multiple experimental protocols and schedules established by investigators and performing experimental procedures such as blood draws, administration of experimental and clinical drugs by various routes, and surgical procedures, as well as assisting with major surgeries, performing anesthesia, and monitoring vital signs of various experimentally manipulated animals. Species involved are varied and can include at a minimum rodents, rabbits, ferrets, dogs, pigs, birds, and fish.
The person in this role must have excellent organizational skills plus the flexibility to work in an environment with constantly shifting and occasionally conflicting priorities. Attention to detail in data recording, maintenance, and distribution is also required. Frequent interaction with veterinary, environmental enrichment, and husbandry personnel about the care of individual animals in addition to regular communication with the research groups requires excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills. The performance of assigned duties is carried out with minimal supervision, so self-motivation, the ability to work independently as well as collegially within diverse groups, and strong problem-solving skills are essential. The ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate judgment in sensitive situations is necessary.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The duties below are performed in support of principal investigators (PIs) whose research involves animals of numerous species. This role assists PIs in developing and implementing research protocols specific to their animal species. They will guide the work of research assistants, technicians, and co-workers as necessary to achieve specific assignments.
• Prepare equipment and supplies for performance of procedures requested by scientists or research groups.
• Administer drugs to sedate or anesthetize animals for experimental procedures or treatment or for treatment of health problems (at the request of the veterinary staff).
• Perform procedures including inoculation of vaccines, sampling blood and other fluids and tissues, administration of drugs by a variety of routes to a variety of species.
• Assist with major animal surgeries and necropsies.
• Support scientists or research investigative groups.
• Monitor animals’ vital signs and condition before, during and after procedures.
• Report any emergencies or other health and behavior problems with individual animals to the veterinary or husbandry staff as necessary.
• Communicate observation of animals during procedures and maintain, analyze, and distribute records of blood work and details of experimental procedures to research groups and other departmental teams as necessary.
• Participate in the organization and scheduling of research projects.
• Inventory and stock supplies and ensure that items are reordered as necessary for the surgery rooms and procedure rooms. Take responsibility for proper collection of formalin for disposal.
• Teach technical skills as necessary to researchers to perform procedures required by investigators.
• Participate in all training activities necessary for the performance of the job, e.g., mouse, rat, rabbit, pig handling and anesthesia, aseptic surgical instruction and certification.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our benefits website.
|- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and carry 30 pounds
- Must be available to work some weekends and holidays and provide facility coverage for employees who are absent
- Must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check
- 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.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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