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The Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is one of 18 DRCs sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to promote basic, translational, and clinical research on diabetes and related metabolic disorders. The DRC at the University of Washington has existed for over 40 years as part of the national program supported by NIH. It acts as the focal point and umbrella for diabetes research in the Greater Seattle area with the goal of promoting an environment of collaborative research on diabetes, obesity and related disorders. To accomplish this goal, the Center is organized around five biomedical research cores and an administrative core. The DRC is a dynamic and constantly evolving center that supports approximately 100 Seattle-based affiliate investigators who are making important scientific contributions in the areas of diabetes, obesity and related disorders.
The Cell Function Analysis Core (CFAC) of the DRC is hiring a Veterinary Specialist 2 to perform specialized work related to the health, care and management of laboratory animals used in research under the general direction of the Core's Associate Director and Research Scientist. The specific focus of this position is to aid in the metabolic phenotyping of novel rodent models of diabetes and obesity for DRC affiliate investigators.
Duties and Responsibilities
Prepare operative field for aseptic procedures.
Prepare laboratory animals for surgery, including pre-operative sedation and general anesthetic.
Perform aseptic, recovery surgery on mice and rats to implant chronic indwelling catheters in veins, arteries and lymph vessels, and assess metabolic parameters such as glucose tolerance.
Monitor animals before, during and after procedures.
Maintain detailed post-operative records to track general health, body weight, food/water intake, procedures performed, and medications administered.
Manufacture catheters and exteriorizing anchor devices (for easy access to implanted venous and arterial catheters for infusions and blood sampling).
Assist in experimental procedures such as collection of donor blood and preparation of infusates.
Perform assays of plasma and tissue samples.
Maintain surgery and tissue processing labs, including initiating orders for supplies and upkeep of lab equipment.
May perform some assignments which include work that is typical of a higher level for training and development purposes.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
An Associate Degree from an accredited school of animal technology OR registration as an Animal Technician by the State of Washington AND one year of full-time experience as a Veterinary Technician or equivalent OR equivalent education/experience
Either 1) a Bachelor's degree in a medical, biological, or allied field, and two years of applicable experience or 2) graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program, and two years of working experience with laboratory animals.
Prior experience with handling radiation is desirable, but not required.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Must be able to work under limited supervision to complete assigned tasks/projects, demonstrating the ability to work independently.
Must be able to guide the work of peers, technicians or other support staff as needed to achieve specific assignments.
Must be willing to work with radioisotopes, including 3H and 14C.
Must be willing and able to work weekends to check on animals that have undergone procedures, per the IACUC's rule on monitoring animals that have had survival surgeries.
Must be available to work a flexible schedule to accommodate needs of animals/surgeries.
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