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The Department of Medicine's Allergy and Infectious Diseases Seattle Flu Study program has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Research Scientist Assistant.
The Seattle Flu Study (SFS) is developing a research study with the Snohomish School District (SSD) that aims to develop a COVID-19 testing strategy in elementary schools as they reopen for in person learning. Participating students in grades K-2 and participating staff who work in elementary schools will be swabbed once per week, either at home or at school. Staff and some students will collect their own swabs at home, and most students will have their swabs collected at school with help from an SFS staff member.
Once per week at each school, a research staff member will drop off study materials for new enrollments, collect nasal swabs from students on campus, and transport swabs back to UW for testing. The SFS team is looking for new team members to deliver testing supplies to students and school staff, perform swab collection of participants at participating school campuses, and to transport bio-specimens back to the laboratory for testing.
•Work in coordination with team members to execute clinical protocol: implement plan, obtain study consent, perform enrollments, oversee participant swab sample collection, maintain up-to-date study inventory, provide weekly updates on supply numbers, deliver and pick-up study materials from various Snohomish School District schools •Assist with basic laboratory procedures: transport samples between study sites and the laboratory, may perform environmental sampling including collection of surface and air samples •Oversee/assist with anterior nasal swab collection from students on campus •Work closely with research coordinators to troubleshoot and address study workflow, work in Redcap and help with data quality control as necessary •Assist with maintaining study inventory and kit assembly •Assist with other study procedures as needed
Minimum Requirements: Bachelors in Biology, Microbiology, Public Health or related field and at least 3 months experience.
•Must have a valid driver’s license, a UCar will be provided for transportation to and from the lab •Availability to work at least 30 hours during the week •Available to start working in late February until the end of June 2021 •Knowledge of basic principles of sterile techniques •Ability to work independently with moderate oversight and supervision •Strong interpersonal skills •Good organization skills •Previous experience working with children is a plus
Knowledge, skills and abilities that are desirable, providing for an enhanced level of job performance, which includes:
-Research experience handling human samples - Prior clinical research experience.
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