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The Department of Comparative Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist 1.
At the Department of Comparative Medicine, the In Vivo Services (IVS) and The Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) facilities provide highly technical skills and services to science research labs at the UW as well as the greater Seattle research community. The In Vivo Services (IVS) Core facility provides rodent colony management, technical services, and drug studies for research labs at the UW. The Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC) creates and maintains germ-free mice and provides experimental study support for investigators using these mice.
The Research Scientist 1 will be primarily responsible for performing transgenic and germ-free rodent colony management, as well as providing technical hands-on support for drug studies in research rodent models. Common duties will include handling and breeding research mice and rats, administering drug injections and performing blood draws in mice and rats, as well as creating and maintaining germ-free mice.
This position performs assigned tasks independently while also functioning in a team setting for larger coordinated projects. The ability to learn new highly technical skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage work time efficiently are keys to success. There may be several concurrent projects ongoing at any one time, and the new team member must have the flexibility and organization to move from one project to another. This position is also required to shift FTE percentage between the IVS Core and the GNAC Core as workload necessitates.
The primary duties at the IVS Core facility will include working with research mice and rats in a dedicated SPF vivarium.
The major duties will include: •Rodent colony management (breeding, weaning, ear-tagging, tissue collection) •Prepare mice for shipment and receiving mice for transgenic procedures •Drug injections (IV, SQ, IP), blood draws, oral gavage •IVS rodent imaging •Lab maintenance and data entry
The primary duties at the GNAC facility will include working with research mice in a dedicated SPF vivarium.
The major duties will include: •Germ-free mouse colony management – preparing supplies, working in flexible film isolators •Animal husbandry using sterile technique – isopositive cages •Drug injections (IV, SQ, IP), blood draws, oral gavage •Germ-free mice rederivation •Basic microbiology: Gram staining, aerobic and anaerobic culture for sterility testing •Lab maintenance and data entry
Other duties as needed.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS •Bachelor's degree in biological science or related field •Minimum 2 years of related work experience
Additional requirements: •Experience and proficiency handling and working with research mice and rats •Transgenic rodent colony management and husbandry (breeding, weaning, ear-tagging, tissue sampling) •Excellent hand-eye coordination and exceptional attention to detail •Ability and willingness to learn new skills and techniques •Proven ability to work independently as well as in a team setting •Excellent communication skills •Flexible schedule and some weekend work will be required •Basic computer skills (Excel and Word) •Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position •Ability to learn and perform various sample administration and collection techniques in rodents (e.g. oral gavage, injections (SQ, IP, IV), and blood collection •Sterile technique
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED REQUIREMENTS •Basic rodent survival surgery
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