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Department of Medicine's Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Laboratory Technician 2 in the Olusegun Lab.
Under direct supervision, Laboratory Technician 2 will perform laboratory research responsibilities in support of studies on novel molecular assays for detection of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in STIs. The overall goal of the research is to improve diagnostics for STIs and develop molecular assays for detection of AMR in STI pathogens. Our research is conducted in collaboration with the Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC) Sexual Health Clinic, PHSKC Lab and the Washington State Public Health Laboratory.
There are several ongoing studies at the UW Soge laboratory located at the Harborview Medical Center Ninth and Jefferson campus including surveillance of AMR in STIs, development and implementation of novel STI diagnostics and novel assays for detection of AMR in STIs. Funding is provided by NIH and CDC grants, and contracts from pharmaceutical and diagnostics companies.
Duties & Responsibilities:
· Perform molecular assays for detection of STI pathogens including Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium, and Treponema pallidum · Perform bacterial culture and species confirmatory tests · Perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing · Perform DNA extraction · Perform PCR and sequencing of PCR products for strain subtyping and characterization of antibiotic resistance determinants · Participate in and support quality assessment and continuous laboratory improvement activities · Data analysis and preparation of reports (detailed notebook) · General laboratory maintenance including cleaning of glassware, temperature logs/charts of laboratory equipment, preparing reagents and chemical solutions, freezer organization and inventory of isolates, shipment of specimens · Perform related duties as assigned
· One year of college with course work emphasizing laboratory science; OR one year's experience as Laboratory Technician I, or equivalent. · Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
· Molecular biology techniques such as DNA purification/manipulation, PCR, sequencing, electrophoresis · Good sterile techniques and the ability to perform bacterial culture and species confirmatory tests · Working knowledge of general lab procedures and protocols · Excellent microbiology laboratory skills · Ability to work well with other laboratory staff · A high level of motivation, good organizational skills, ability to work as a member of a team and take on responsibility.
· This position will have critical/essential staff designation and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather. · This position requires flexibility in the work hours, including extension into the evening when processing of specimens and research deadlines mandate, and on occasion requires working outside of the standard work week.
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