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The Chu Lab is involved in several clinical research studies focused on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and other infectious respiratory pathogens and is seeking a Research Scientist Assistant to assist with several ongoing projects. The Chu Lab, in collaboration with the Brotman Baty Institute and Kaiser Permanente Northwest, will be working on a multi-year, multi-site research study to provide routine COVID-19 testing to households in the Seattle and Portland metro area and investigate vaccine effectiveness. The Chu Lab is additionally working on a clinical research study aimed at investigating the human immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and deciphering the cause of post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC).
The Department of Medicine: Allergy and Infectious Diseases has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Engineer Assistant to join their team.
The purpose of the Research Scientist Engineer Assistant position is to primarily assist with the collection, processing and testing of biological research samples derived from human subjects, including blood and nasal samples. The RSA will be directly supervised by the Program Manager and will work closely with other lab staff to execute this research program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Main Duties & Responsibilities (90%):
Transport, process and organize human blood samples from study participants. This includes collection of plasma and sera as well as peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) processing by ficoll overlay (25% FTE).
Conduct experiments/tests including standard biochemical assays and technical procedures such as ELISAs and neutralizing antibody assays (25% FTE).
Maintain an up-to-date sample inventory and assist with sample shipments as necessary (20% FTE).
Contribute data/findings for reports, documents and presentations. This includes entering and maintaining findings from laboratory assays into the central data repository in REDCap (20%FTE).
Other Duties & Responsibilities (10%)
Meet with team members to discuss study proceedings and research progress.
Assist in general maintenance of the laboratory and lab systems: prepare solutions, buffers, and reagents; clean glassware as needed for assays.
Work in coordination with team members to execute additional laboratory protocols as needed.
Collect, record and verify accuracy of data; organize data; perform calculations; prepare charts, graphs and reports.
Bachelor's Degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, or related field
At least up to one year of experience in laboratory/research setting and/or experience with molecular biology and biochemistry techniques.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Ability to adhere to institutional review board (IRB) regulations related to studies of human subjects.
Knowledge of basic principles of sterile techniques
Excellent organizational and recordkeeping skills.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Works well in fast paced environments
Good verbal and written communication skills
Previous research experience handling human samples
Previous research experience with ELISAs, neutralizing antibody assays and PBMC isolation
Experience with REDCap
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