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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington is the third largest department within the School of Medicine with 285 full-time faculty members, 515 clinical faculty members, and over 200 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic Psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department's highly competitive residency training programs in Psychiatry and Psychology train the next generation of Mental Health Professionals and Researchers. The Department's robust research portfolio totals about $30 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from basic and clinical neurosciences to treatment development, health services research, and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, Services for High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma. The Department is also developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 3.
The VA Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 20 Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) develops novel and improved treatments for major behavioral disorders afflicting veterans.
To develop effective treatments for PTSD, mTBI and associated alcohol abuse, chronic pain, and cognitive impairment/dementia. To clarify the long term effects of multiple blast concussion mTBIs on brain integrity (structure and function), cognitive capacity and (possibly) development of dementia in
longitudinal studies of Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans. To improve the quality of life and function of Veterans by developing, evaluating and promoting the implementation of effective treatments for military PTSD and its complex comorbidities. These PTSD comorbidities include the behavioral consequences of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), substance use disorders, chronic pain, and
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by blast exposure is the signature injury of the current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, affecting an estimated 18% of deployed American service members. Although termed mild in comparison to brain injuries resulting in death, coma, or paralysis, mTBI, particularly repetitive mTBI, may have devastating personal, professional and domestic consequences.
This position oversees the day-to-day activities of the MIRECC laboratory. It is independently responsible for development and implementation of research methods as well as adaptation and extension of existing technologies for the specific needs of the laboratory. This position requires demonstrated
ability to interpret and apply research practices and protocols; demonstrated writing ability; communication with investigators, collaborators and staff.
This position requires performing laboratory research independently.
Designing Approaches To Be Tested And Methodologies To Be Used: 15%
Become an expert in assays related to hormone evaluation.
Modify techniques to obtain more sensitive and reliable data.
Support principal investigators in the development of new funding proposals.
Develop and maintain relationships with collaborators. Respond to and integrate feedback as appropriate. Work directly with collaborators to understand data to which they have access and to understand the methods applied.
Contribute and develop ideas for new research projects.
Designing and Conducting Specific Phases Of Research Projects: 60%
Choose and apply methods, identify areas for improvement and convey results.
Carry out analyses and participate in collaborative research projects.
Radioimmunoassays (RIAs), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), and immunoradiometric assays (IRMAs) to measure adrenocorticotropin, cortisol, total testosterone, luteinizing hormone, prolactin, follicle-stimulating hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone, free thyroxine, insulin-like growth factor-I, arginine vasopressin, oxytocin, copeptin, growth hormone, and sex hormone-binding globulin in human plasma and serum.
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).
Sample extraction procedures for selected assays, analyzes and graphs results of all assays, and organizes and maintains assay results and other records.
Monitors quality control for all assays and tracks inter- and intra-assay coefficients of variation over time.
Performs bioimpedance spectroscopy on study participants to determine body composition (percent fat, percent lean body mass, percent intracellular water, and percent extracellular water) and maintains bioimpedance spectroscopy instrumentation.
Responsible for maintenance and troubleshooting highly sensitive equipment that is utilized at the limits of its capability.
Maintains all ultra-cold freezers and the multi-laboratory freezer alarm system and is on 24- hour call to rescue samples in case of freezer failure.
Monitors lab safety procedures, tracks chemical inventory, and ensures proper disposal of radioactive, bio hazardous, and chemical waste.
Analyzing Results and Developing Conclusions 20%
Lead discussion in research meetings regarding results and analysis to improve results.
Communicate with external collaborators to better understand the nature, key characteristics and context of the data. Engage in critiques of analytic results.
Presenting Research Results In Publishable Form 5%
Contribute to publications in peer-reviewed journals.