As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for four consecutive years.The University of Washington (UW) Department of Neurosurgical Surgery has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Research Scientist I to work with our Brain Tumor Tissue Bank. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced research scientist to perform complex fresh and frozen biobanking procedures, as well as integral data management. This position will report to a Neurosurgeon and work will be supervised by leaders in Neurosurgery and Pathology. Under the general supervision of co-leaders, the research scientist will be integral in performing biorepository best practices for the annotation and characterization of neurosurgical specimens. Our operations are based at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, and this Biorepository aims to serve both internal and external research collaborators throughout the greater Seattle region and beyond. These internal and collaborative research efforts continue to generate innovative, translational studies in the basic mechanisms of brain tumor biology, diagnostics, and potential therapeutic applications.The successful applicant will interface with the Northwest BioTrust for research subject consent verification, tissue procurement, and specimen tracking. After tissue procurement, the successful applicant will process, embed, cut, mount, and stain frozen tissue in preparation for digital pathology scanning. The successful applicant will be required to perform manual histological staining; use care and maintain histology instruments; perform quality control and quality assurance; assist in development of new procedures; monitor reagent use, and perform preventative maintenance on instruments according to prescribed protocols. The successful applicant will work with the neuropathologist co-director to annotate histological features of the biospecimens. For fresh tissue procurement, the successful applicant may also be expected to participate in and establish protocols for living biobank specimens, such as cell culture and/or organoid preparation. The successful applicant will be expected to organize and maintain updated databases on neurosurgical subjects, fresh and frozen tissues, digital pathology archives, and other materials, as well as navigate the laboratory and departmental computer networks, participate in lab and other meetings, provide regular progress updates, review work lists and prioritize work in conjunction with the biorepository co-directors. Finally, the research scientist will be expected to assist with a variety of special projects, and research related duties as assigned in a research environment where innovation and novel analytic applications form the foundation of an integrated model of precision medicine.Minimum Requirements:Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, biology, or related field.Three months to one year experience with any or all of the following: Tissue collection and banking, cryostat tissue sectioning, histochemical staining, brightfield microscopy, cell culture, and database software entry and maintenance. Willingness to work with animal models (mice).Desired:Experience with next generation library preparation, advanced culture techniques (including ES cell culture), and animal research (mice) is desirable.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.
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