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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 central laboratory animal medicine resource at the University of Washington, supporting over 114,000 assignable square feet of animal facilities with an average daily census in excess of 100,000 animals across multiple species (e.g., rodents, rabbits, swine, and zebrafish). The department employs over 175 individuals who provide a comprehensive range of animal husbandry, veterinary, and laboratory services across numerous vivaria. The UW animal care program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) and provides services to over 400 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.
DCM has a full-time opening for a Research Scientist 2 position within the University of Washington Center for Lung Biology to work with well-established investigators from the Department of Comparative Medicine and Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. As part of an inclusive team that includes veterinarians, MDs, PhD scientists, research scientists and undergraduates, this person will be an important contributor to funded studies using mouse models of asthma and lung infection caused by influenza A virus.
Job responsibilities for this position will include, but are not limited to:
Providing oversight and technical support for studies using mouse models of asthma and influenza lung infection with the goal to define the role of versican in regulating pulmonary inflammation and injury.
Providing oversight of genetically engineered mouse colonies used for in vivo and in vitro experiments.
Providing input on decision processes required to run a high-quality research laboratory using animal models to study human disease.
Assisting with writing detailed experimental protocols, maintain organized laboratory notebooks describing experimental details, and provide oversight of laboratory databases for data collected from studies using animal models.
Assisting with analysis and interpretation of data collected.
Providing training for undergraduates and graduate students, postdocs, and lab animal medicine residents in the use of mouse models to study human diseases.
Assisting with ordering products and reagents, handling shipments and other administrative duties as needed.
May learn and then assist with flow cytometry and in vitro culturing of primary cells collected from mice and humans.
Bachelor's degree in biology or equivalent field and a minimum of three years of job-related experience.
Experience with handling mice to perform experiments requiring collection of biological samples at select times.
Experience with colony management.
Ability to be detail oriented, proactive, organized, and produce high quality work both independently and collaboratively.
Excellent time and project management skills.
Ability to work under condensed timelines and realign workload according to shifting priorities.
Consistent communications in a professional manner, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to work on diverse teams of people and with multiple ongoing projects.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must be able to work comfortably in an animal research facility.
Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position.
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