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.The Chu Lab is part of the University of Washington's Department of Medicine. Our research focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and other respiratory viruses. The Chu Lab is looking to hire Research Scientist Assistants to support a project investigating the spread of influenza in Seattle. Hires will staff various research sites located throughout the city in several shifts a week. Responsibilities will include obtaining informed patient consent, collecting a nasal swab from each patient, transporting swabs back to the lab, and adhering to all study protocols. Position Purpose and Duties:The purpose of this project is to assist in defining virologic and immunologic correlates of protection in epidemiologic studies of respiratory viral infections.Assist with an ongoing clinical study regarding the spread of flu in Seattle. Staff various study sites around the city.Enroll and consent study participants, following all IRB and Good Clinical Practice guidelines. Follow sterile collection techniques to obtain a nasal swab sample from each participant and appropriately transport all samples back to the lab for testing.Work in coordination with team members to execute clinical protocols; meet with team members to discuss study proceedings; actively recruit study participants at each site; may assist in training of new staff members; maintain an up-to-date supply inventory and assist with study site set-up as necessarySpecific knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job satisfactorily include:- Knowledge of scientific discipline and applicable techniques and procedures used in a research lab setting- Knowledge of patient safety according to the assigned department- Knowledge of basic principles of media preparation and sterile techniques- Knowledge of software applications, proficiency using MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & Access), and ability to learn new software programs- Knowledge of DNA analysis software and related computer techniques- Excellent problem-solving skills- Strong interpersonal skills- Good laboratory techniques and record keeping skills- Good organization skills, including attention to detail- Data collection, analysis and summary skills- Good written and communication skills- Able to read English and follow both verbal and written instructionsMinimum Education & Experience:Bachelors in Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology, or related fieldLess than three months experienceIs ready to acquire technical expertise and knowledge; knows fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of area of specialization.Knowledge, skills and abilities that are desirable, providing for an enhanced level of job performance, include:- Research experience with sterile tissue culture techniques helpful.- Research experience with ELISAs, neutralizing antibody assays helpful.- Virology research experience helpful.- Research experience with real-time PCR and traditional PCR techniques helpful- Research experience with use of sequencing analysis software helpful.- Research assay development experience helpful.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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