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Research Scientist 1 (Project/Temporary)

University of Washington

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Research Scientist 1 (Project/Temporary) Req #:203161Department:Washington National Primate Research CenterAppointing Department Web Address: Location: Other Location Job Location Detail:Seattle Posting Date:02/15/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. Shift:First Shift The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman Primate health and biology. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center:
•Commitment to Research
•Accountability - Productivity

The Washington National Primate Research Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Research Scientist 1 - Project Appointment (6 months or longer). This primary purpose of this position is to support research, clinical care of animals, and core programs within the WaNPRC. The employee in this position will provide care to the research animals and ensure that procedures and daily activities are performed in accordance with associated protocol and regulatory requirements. This position will provide support to the outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and health of non-human primates. Not only will this person provide support via clinical care of experimentally manipulated animals, they will also provide technical support for actual experimental procedures.

This position performs continuous surveillance for all colony and research animals for clinical signs of diseases and manages associated clinical and research data. This person also coordinates, plans, executes, and documents post-surgical care, patient monitoring, technical support during sample collections, blood draws, swab collections, administration of clinical medications, and maintains cleanliness of work areas and supply of medications, equipment, in surgery suites and treatment rooms. The Research Scientist uses extensive background in collecting physiological data and specimens to collaborate directly with researchers to develop methodology that will work to achieve research goals for each study. Within the core group, the scientist will also conduct in-house studies to improve data collection measures and elevate validity and reliability of data.

The duties outlined in this position are performed in support of principal investigators (PIs) whose research contributes to the development of non-human primate disease models to advance knowledge and improve the health and welfare of both humans and animals.

Position Responsibilities:
20%~Generate, schedule, prepare, and Execute course of treatments for research animals
10%~Collaborate with various departments within the Primate Center and PIs on all aspects of animal care for ongoing research protocols
20%~Monitor clinical signs of animals on colony and research protocols
10%~Collect and Document data
10%~Surgery and clinical facility support, cleaning restocking of surgery suites, surgical instruments, clinical areas, and monitoring equipment
15%~Collect samples for research and clinical purposes, documents specimens taken into a database
5%~attend meetings and administrative tasks
10%~support veterinarians and senior staff on complex procedures, surgeries, anesthesia events

The Office of Research and the Primate Center shares President Cauce’s commitment to combat inequities and racism. The values of diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the success of our research enterprise and are embedded in the culture of who we are as institution and employer. We will honor different and unique identities and nurture an accessible, welcoming and respectful environment for all staff, and students and faculty in the Office of Research Primate Center and for all members of the UW research community. We will regularly review our services and systems and adapt them to reflect the evolving environments and work styles of our employees and those we serve. We are ALL responsible for confronting bias and inequities, both individual and institutional, that persist here and throughout our society. Our call is to remove barriers and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. We all must commit to this ongoing work. Recognizing and valuing diversity will make the Office of Research Primate Center and the University stronger, and enrich the stellar research carried out at the UW.

Minimum Requirements:
•Bachelor's degree in a related field and up to one year of relevant work experience OR equivalent education and experience.
•At least one year experience working with non-human primates, to include at least six months experience working in a research setting.
•Excellent organizational skills and flexibility to work in an environment with constantly shifting and occasionally conflicting priorities
•Ability to work with minimal supervision as well as collegially within diverse groups, following established guidelines
•Ability to take direction and communicate effectively with others
•Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate judgement in sensitive
•Ability to generate and maintain accurate, detailed records using appropriate medical language
•Independent computer skills, including basic skills to use email and navigate on the internet. Be able to assist veterinarians in all situations

Desired Qualifications:
•Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of non-human primates
•Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
•Proficiency in drug calculations, formulations, and dilutions
•Experience monitoring vitals and performing other veterinary technical procedures

Conditions of Employment:
•Position is temporary and for 6-months or longer; final duration will be decided at time of hire.
•Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and carry 30 pounds
•Physical ability required to do the work
•Must be available to work some weekends and holidays and provide facility coverage for employees who are absent
•Employment is contingent upon successful completion of health assessment at the UW’s Employee Health Clinic. The health assessment may include but is not limited to tuberculosis clearance, measles clearance, serum banking, and immunizations, such as tetanus and rabies, physical exam and/or review of work health history, x-rays, and/or assessment to wear positive or negative respiratory protective equipment. These health assessments will be repeated periodically during work assignment. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing.
•Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies and procedures
•This is an essential position. Employee is expected to report to work under conditions such as inclement weather, UW campus suspended operations or other emergent situation.
•Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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