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The Department of Surgery currently has an outstanding opportunity for a CREST HTDB RESEARCH SCIENTIST.
The Tissue Characterization Grant aims to develop measurement capabilities to characterize human, animal and synthetic tissues for physical parameters. These parameters are the key element in developing both virtual and synthetic models to simulate interactions of tissue for both injury prediction and medical procedure training. The research will begin with bio-mechanical characterization and expand to electrical, optical and thermal effects.
CREST is the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies, and is devoted to advancing the current state of medical training and education via the development of innovative simulation technologies. CREST partners with the UW simulation lab, WISH on many endeavors and is administratively housed under the Department of Surgery.
The Tissue Lab Research Scientist and Lab Manager of CREST position is a critical component of the research team and will collect and manage tissue samples, assist in performing experiments on the tissue samples, collect data from the experiments, set up sensitive equipment for the experiments and ensure proper calibration. In addition, the individual in this position will have general oversight of laboratory maintenance, equipment, and compliance of safety policies. Additionally, the individual in this position oversees inventory, maintenance, and scheduling of equipment in multiple labs in coordination with the scientific team.
The individual in this position is also responsible for maintaining daily operational aspects of the lab, to include: coordination of administrative and technical work assistance with on-boarding and training of new employees and students to the lab and ensuring lab safety and study protocols are followed. This position supports the Tissue Lab Director by providing operational reports on a regular basis. S/he reports to the Tissue Lab Director with a matrixed reporting structure to the Executive Director of CREST and WISH.
The major aspects of this position fall into the following categories:
Research Activities: 60%
Research Laboratory Operations: 20%
Administrative Coordination and Management of Laboratory: 20%
I. Research Activities: 60%
Performs a variety of complex research tasks including project planning and scope development, investigation, evaluation and collection of data pertaining to the Tissue Characterization Grant. Additionally acts as point person for safety compliance and maintenance of equipment and laboratory. The competency is demonstrated by:
Assigned work under general guidance; receives instruction on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Assistance is furnished on unusual problems, and work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment;
Performs work that involves conventional types of plans, investigations, systems, structures, and/or equipment with relatively few complex features or for which there are precedents;
Performs tasks/projects of a larger scope; may lead specific tasks within the project scope; scopes tasks
and develops approaches for moderately difficult tasks; takes responsibility for assuring quality, cost effectiveness and timeliness for small projects;
Assists in preparation of reports, papers, presentations, new proposals, etc., and may collaborate on some; presents papers at technical meetings;
Independently evaluates, selects and applies standardized scientific or engineering procedures and
techniques; assignments have clear and specified objectives, and require the investigation of a limited number of variables;
Able to configure and operate tissue sampling equipment, develop test plans, perform tissue tests, analyze and document results to meet the needs of the specific study or special test cases;
Manages tissue samples records system;
Continues to enhance capabilities for project planning, including assessment of cost, scope and schedule
against plan; implements new systems/approaches for moderately difficult tasks/projects.
Liaisons with facilities management as necessary to ensure upkeep of lab;
Performs routine inspection of the facility to ensure functionality/storage, cleanliness, regulatory compliance, and verifies work performed by contract vendors;
Schedules equipment calibration as needed and updates records for the quality assurance program;
Schedules routine visits from contract vendors to inspect equipment and perform repairs as necessary;
Provides PPE and associated training. Oversees local laboratory safety training.
II. Research Laboratory Operations: 20%
The competency is demonstrated by:
Inventory, supply and equipment:
Reviews supply and equipment needs
Orders and maintains inventory, supplies and equipment including maintaining relationships with outside vendors
Manages on-site inventory and stock rotation to avoid tissue and other material wasting (expiry) and lower costs while maintaining necessary inventory;
Liaisons with PIs on specific study needs or unique testing and production needs by research application;
Coordinates order of supplies in a timely manner by working with the DoS Finance Division to employ appropriate purchasing mechanisms;
Creates, receives, and manages both incoming and outgoing invoices;
Maintains current and accurate pricing on supplies to improve rate generation and budget estimation;
Plans and prepares cost projections for consumable materials and supplies used within the lab.
III. Administrative Coordination and Management of Lab: 20%
The competency is demonstrated by:
Performs shift scheduling;
Plans the interviews, hiring and training of all new student employees;
Coordinates on-boarding of new employees plus training and annual refreshers for existing staff;
Schedules daily tasks to ensure the students/administrative staff are supporting the scientific staff with 4 routine cleaning, stocking, and recording tasks;
Supervision of the student support population in the lab.
The Department of Surgery at the University of Washington, School of Medicine is guided by its mission:
To provide compassionate and high quality patient-centered care, train future generations of surgical leaders and conduct research in a collegial environment which embraces diversity and promotes inclusiveness.
The Department is the academic and administrative home to 286 surgeons and over 50 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) as well as over 20 research faculty and clinical and research Fellows. Our surgeons carry out their clinical practice at eight campuses throughout the Seattle area including University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center, (HMC), Northwest Hospital (NWH), Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH), the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VA), Valley Medical Center (VMC), and the Eastside Specialty Center (ESC). Research, training and administrative activities take place at these and several other locations, including the Health Sciences Building (HSB), the South Lake Union Research Complex (SLU) and the University District Building (UDB.
The Department of Surgery trains over 130 Residents and Fellows annually, and our graduate medical training programs are routinely in the top 10 in the country. Research is robust with 40 funded projects currently underway by 23 Principal Investigators. Total research funding for the past five years exceeds $59 million.
Surgical specialties practiced include: Adult Surgery in the areas of Cardiothoracic, General, Plastic, Vascular and Transplant Surgery. Pediatric surgical specialties include General, Plastic, Congenital Cardiac and Transplant Surgery. In addition, the Department is the academic and programmatic home of the only Level 1 Trauma Center in a five state region and the Regional Burn Center (both located at HMC and serving adult and pediatric patients). Two other major centers of research and teaching, including the Surgical Outcomes Research Center SORCE and the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare WISH have their administrative home in the Department of Surgery.
In support of these activities the Department employs approximately 187 FTE administrative and research staff. Our goal is to be a Department of Choice for employees and staff are expected to meet core competencies of Excellence in Teamwork and Professionalism as well as Quality and Quantity of work. These expectations are spelled out in our Department Core Competencies and are reviewed with employees regularly. You can review these core competencies by following this link Core Competencies.
We invite you to learn more about our mission, practices and people by visiting the Department's Website at Department of Surgery Website. http://www.uwsurgery.org