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The Washington National Primate Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Technologist 1.
The primary purpose of this position is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate (NHP) health and biology.
In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center: ** Commitment to Research ** Teamwork ** Accountability - Productivity ** Communication
Under the general supervision of a Principal Investigator in the Neuroscience Division, this position serves a critical function in furthering research on eye movement function. The Research Specialist assists in conducting behavioral and electrophysiological studies with nonhuman primates (NHPs) according to established protocols. This position provides experimental support in setting up tests, collecting data, and supporting animal procedures as needed.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required as this position interfaces with colony and veterinarian staff in ensuring that NHPs involved in studies are cared for in accordance with all regulations and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
RESPONSIBILITIES Position Duties and Responsibilities Experimental Support •Train and work with infant and juvenile NHP animals to perform oculomotor behavior during visual stimulation using an established process. •Calibrate the eye-movement measurement system using the computer, oscilloscopes, phase detectors, and function generators. •Develop proficiency in running experimental testing protocols including incorporating new innovative procedures. •Set-up and clean-up before and after experiments. •Maintain digital data records. •Interact with appropriate center support staff for repair and manufacture of specialized equipment.
Animal Care •Feed and monitor animals during experimental behavioral sessions. •Maintain animal records in accordance with WaNPRC policies. •Interface with veterinary staff to maintain optimal health of experimental animals. •Assess animal’s suitability for experimental protocols. •Administer medications and treatments to animals under approved Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols and in consultation with Center Veterinarians.
General Laboratory Maintenance •Order supplies and equipment as needed. •Maintain an orderly, clean laboratory environment. Other Assignments (5%) •Stay current on all required training. •Perform other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Two years’ experience as a Laboratory Technician II, or equivalent; OR a Bachelor's Degree in a life science, biology or neuroscience or equivalent degree.
DESIRED: •Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an appropriate field such as life science, biology or neuroscience. •Ability to work effectively with sensitivity and discretion in an animal model research setting using NHPs. •Excellent written and oral communication skills. •Ability to work well independently and in collaboration with a diverse staff and with research investigators. •Candidates will possess at least 6 months experience working with and handling nonhuman primates (NHPs), and with laboratory procedures. Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Conditions of Employment: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of health assessment at the UW's Employee Health Clinic. The health assessment may include but is not limited to tuberculosis clearance, measles clearance, serum banking, immunizations such as tetanus and vaccinia, physical exam and/or review of work health history, x-rays, and/or assessment to wear positive or negative respiratory protective equipment. These health assessments will be repeated periodically during work assignment.
This position may be required to work with and take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents. Specific precautions may include wearing protective clothing. Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures, and staying current on all required training. Blood-borne pathogen training and compliance with all WaNPRC and UW security policies is also mandatory. This position involves handling nonhuman primates.
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