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 five consecutive years. The UW Office of Animal Welfare has an outstanding opportunity for a Scientific Instructional Technician 1 . The University of Washington Animal Use Training Program (AUTS), within the UW Office of Animal Welfare, is responsible for providing animal care and use training to the University community in support of the institution's research and teaching mission. This position performs the in-person training, certifies research staff to perform certain procedures, designs and updates courses, and procures and maintains the animals, equipment, and materials required. The position also helps design and keep updated our on-line courses.This position provides services to faculty, staff and students (mainly graduate level) University-wide, including from five major Schools or Colleges and their subdivisions, two Interdisciplinary Centers, and multiple other departments or units. Currently, there are over 480 active animal use protocols run by 390 Principal Investigators and directly involving over 2500 faculty and research scientists. The use of vertebrate animals at UW includes 46 different species and covers a broad range of activities such as field studies, complex medical experiments and behavioral testing. The projects are conducted at multiple sites across main campus, the South Lake Union complex, elsewhere in Seattle, and field sites in the US and abroad. Everyone involved in animal research must take required training courses conducted by this position. Due to the wide range of animal use projects proposed by University faculty, this position is required to be knowledgeable about animal care, handling and procedures applicable to many species and scientific projects. The imparted knowledge and skills must conform to requirements of the federal Animal Welfare Act and United States Department of Agriculture regulations, federal Health Research Extension Act of 1985 and Public Health Service Policy, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines on Euthanasia.This position must also know, understand and convey to learners policies established by the UW Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), as well as related policies and rules from other UW departments including Environmental Health and Safety, Occupational Health, Comparative Medicine, Veterinary Services, Facilities Maintenance, and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. The position must maintain close working relationships with staff in these departments.Certain surgery and specialized procedure course are co-taught with veterinarians from the UW Department of Comparative Medicine or UW partner institutions (such as Seattle Veterans Administration). This position must establish and maintain a close professional working relationship these veterinarians. This position also provides subject matter expertise in the development and refinement of on-line training courses that are part of the animal care and use training program.The main goal of the position is to ensure humane use of animals while facilitating the research in which the animals are involved. This requires a high focus on customer service, whether one-on-one or in small groups, adapting to each learner's background and needs to bring them to the level of knowledge and performance expected at the UW. People in this position are expected to keep abreast of best practices in animal use training and adult learning, through interaction with peers from other institutions and attending, presenting at, and representing the UW at relevant conferences and symposia.The UW AUTS program is recognized by peer institutions as a leader in animal care and use training. This position is integral to that recognition. Two of the primary objectives of the University are teaching and research. By facilitating and protecting the integrity of vertebrate animal use for research and teaching, this position has a direct impact on keeping the UW a preeminent research institution. Approximately 17% of the University's annual $1.4 billion in sponsored projects involves vertebrate animals.The duties included in this position also have direct impact on the University's continued accreditation by AAALAC International and our compliance with the University's Animal Welfare Assurance on file with the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, compliance with the federal Animal Welfare Act and Health Research Extension Act of 1985, and continued funding of University projects by sponsors such as NIH, NSF, DoD, etc. Failure to have adequately trained researchers would jeopardize all animal research-related sponsored funds to the University.RESPONSIBILITIES40%: Training individuals and small groups in laboratory and vivarium settings, on basic animal care and handling, sick animal recognition, animal procedures (e.g., blood collection, injections, gavage, anesthesia, euthanasia), pre-surgical and surgical procedures, surgical techniques, safe sharps handling, equipment and facility use. Includes assessing competence of research staff and certifying individuals to perform procedures.20%: Developing, preparing and refining training materials and techniques.20%: Maintaining animals, equipment, and training facilities, including identification, ordering, inventorying. Includes handing and control of controlled substances (drugs).10%: Search literature and maintain professional contacts to determine methods to improve animal handling techniques and humane procedures5%: Enter completed training into databases and activate facility access based on completed training5%: Participate in OAW strategic planning and leadership functions.Participates in supervising student assistants. May lead improvement teams and initiatives.MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: *A Bachelor's Degree with major study in a basic or applied science OR an equivalent combination of training, formal education and/or research, training or service laboratory operations experienceADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: *Due to the diversity of the UW and the target learners, the ability to communicate well with people from a variety of cultural, educational & experimental backgrounds is a must.DESIRED:*Veterinary Technician degree, Laboratory Animal Technician degree, and/or AALAS certification at a minimum of the LAT level. Experience writing standard operating procedures and instructional materials.*Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology, Lab Animal Technology, or a biological science; equivalent experience may substitute for a degree.*Three to five years' experience working with vertebrate animals in an academic or research environment, including handling and care of animals and performing common animal-related procedures such blood draws, anesthesia, and euthanasia. Experience teaching others these techniques.Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.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 Workforce 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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