Salary is commensurate with education and experience
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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Department of Urology at the University of Washington consistently ranks among the top urology programs in the country. Our four word motto reflects our mission: Cure, Comfort, Teach, and Wonder. As a clinical department, our emphasis is "to cure the patient when possible and comfort always". This preoccupation applies not only to routine urologic management but also to the difficult and/or unusual conditions requiring special knowledge and skill. In addition, all professional members of this department have embraced this motto because they wish to teach didactically and by example. This teaching involves medical students, resident physicians, and surgeon fellows in a way that enhances the care of the patient. Finally, most people are in academic medicine because they are intellectually fascinated with the Wonder of medical biology and human nature. Clinical and applied laboratory research is a major mission of this department and its national ranking is in part because of outstanding research productivity in many urologic subspecialties including cancer, infection, pediatrics, sexual function, transplantation, trauma, and women's healthcare. As such, another major focus of the department is to train urologic researchers and surgeon scientists for the future.
The Department of Urology currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST 1.
The employee occupying this position will perform investigative research work in the Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) Animal Facility working with and caring for unique prostate cancer patient-derived xenografts (immuno-compromised mice bearing human tumors) for the Genitourinary Cancer Research Laboratory in the Department of Urology. The applicant will perform routine scientific work, evaluating, selecting and applying standardized scientific procedures and techniques to assignments with clear, specific objectives.
The Essential Job Functions Include the Following:
Animal Surgery Support:
Using accepted methods and techniques, solves well-defined problems and performs specific and limited portions of broader projects, under technical guidance of the Animal Facility Director.
Delivery and monitoring of anesthesia, including post-surgery recovery.
Aseptic handling and restraint of immuno-compromised mice in biosafety cabinets.
Microsurgery and routine surgical procedures, such as orchiectomy of mice.
Tumor implantation and serial transplantation are critically important aspects of the position. Mastering tumor implantation orthotopically, under the renal capsule and intra bone will be required in addition to the more standard subcutaneous implantation technique.
Proficient in tail vein injections, oral gavage, and retro-orbital bleeds.
Proficient in dose calculations, formulations and dilutions.
Collection and processing of tissue and blood.
Help develop new surgical techniques to accomplish research goals.
Maintenance and cleaning of surgical instruments and equipment.
Collection and Documentation of Data:
Successful performance of project related tasks provides support to on-going efforts and provides preliminary data for grant applications.
Demonstrates proficiency in data collection (e.g. using calipers for determining tumor size).
Helps maintain Facility Documentation and Notebooks.
In the SPF Animal Facility:
Interacts in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals; provide ideas for improved efficiency. Defines and improves practices from experiences on small projects.
Aseptic handling and restraint of immuno-compromised mice in biosafety cabinets.
Basic animal care and husbandry (including cage changing).
Facility maintenance and quality assurance (includes some janitorial duties).
Participation in our Tumor Acquisition Protocols :
Rotate as a member of an on-call Tumor Acquisition Necropsy (TAN) Team (every three weeks).
During a TAN, fulfill the duties of the Animal Facility by helping collect, process and implant tumor tissue into immune compromised mice.
Perform Related Duties as Required
Shift Information: MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 hours per day during the period of 8:00 AM 4:30 PM.
Candidate must have a B.S. in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science or related field and at least one year's experience working in a research laboratory.
Candidate must be willing to work with radioactive materials and biohazards, including, but not limited to, human and animal tissues and their bodily fluids. The candidate will be required to participate in the Occupational Health Program. The candidate will be required to attend, participate, and pass (where required) the University of Washington's training courses in Bloodborne Pathogens, Radiation Protection, General Animal Use, Mouse Techniques, and additional courses as required for successful completion of job duties. Responsibilities are task oriented therefore some weekend and evening work will be required. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
Five years of experience working in a murine animal facility with knowledge of aseptic technique, blood draws, injections, necropsies, mouse handling and husbandry. Experience in histology and / or immunohistochemistry.
Conditions of Employment: This position requires occasional work outside of the standard work week for being on-call for TANs every three weeks.
Supervision: Works under limited supervision to complete assigned tasks/projects demonstrating an ability to work independently. Attention to detail is a critical requirement. . Overall direction will be supplied by the PI and/or the Animal Facility Manager in routine meetings. The employee will be responsible for following these general guidelines and for making adjustments to these directions as the need arises. The employee will also be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day performance of work-study students who help complete routine duties and for assuring that they follow all safety regulations.
Appointment of the successful candidate to this position may be made contingent upon a satisfactory outcome of a criminal conviction history check .
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, Criminal Conviction History, 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.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.