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The Chu Lab is part of the University of Washington’s Department of Medicine's Department of Medicine: Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Our research focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.
The lab is looking to hire Temporary Research Scientist Assistants to support a project investigating the spread of influenza and COVID-19 in Seattle. Hires will staff various research sites located throughout the city in several shifts a week. Responsibilities will include obtaining informed patient consent, collecting a nasal swab from each patient, transporting swabs back to the lab, and adhering to all study protocols.
Position Purpose and Duties:
The purpose of this project is to assist in defining virologic and immunologic correlates of protection in epidemiologic studies of respiratory viral infections
-Assist with an ongoing clinical study regarding the spread of the flu and coronavirus in Seattle. - Staff various study sites around the city. -Enroll and consent study participants, following all IRB and Good Clinical Practice guidelines. -Follow sterile collection techniques to obtain a nasal swab sample from each participant and appropriately transport all samples back to the lab for testing. -Contribution to manuscript preparation -Work in coordination with team members to execute clinical protocols; -Meet with team members to discuss study proceedings; -Actively recruit study participants at each site; -May assist in training of new staff members; -Maintain an up-to-date supply inventory and assist with study site set-up as necessary
Specific knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job satisfactorily include: - Knowledge of scientific discipline and applicable techniques and procedures used in a research lab setting - Knowledge of patient safety according to the assigned department - Knowledge of basic principles of media preparation and sterile techniques - Knowledge of software applications, proficiency using MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & Access), and ability to learn new software programs - Knowledge of DNA analysis software and related computer techniques - Excellent problem-solving skills - Strong interpersonal skills - Good laboratory techniques and record keeping skills - Good organization skills, including attention to detail - Data collection, analysis and summary skills - Good written and communication skills - Able to read English and follow both verbal and written instructions
Minimum Education & Experience:
Bachelors in Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology, or related field Less than three months experience Is ready to acquire technical expertise and knowledge; knows fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of area of specialization.
Knowledge, skills and abilities that are desirable, providing for an enhanced level of job performance, which includes: - Research experience with sterile tissue culture techniques helpful. - Research experience with ELISAs, neutralizing antibody assays helpful. - Virology research experience helpful. - Research experience with real-time PCR and traditional PCR techniques helpful - Research experience with use of sequencing analysis software helpful. - Research assay development experience helpful.
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