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The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is one of 12 basic science departments in the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine (SOM). The mission of the department is to advance knowledge and improve the health and welfare of humans and animals through excellent service support, biomedical research, and teaching. DCM is the central laboratory animal medicine resource at the University of Washington, supporting over 114,000 assignable square feet of animal facilities with an average daily census in excess of 100,000 animals across multiple species (e.g., rodents, rabbits, swine, and zebrafish). The department employs over 175 individuals who provide a comprehensive range of animal husbandry, veterinary, and laboratory services across numerous vivaria. The UW animal care program is accredited by AAALAC International and provides services to over 400 principal investigators. DCM faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and residents conduct basic and clinical research on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, comparative aspects of infectious disease, aging, cancer biology and genetics.
The Department of Comparative Medicine currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST ENGINEER 1. This individual will work with the Facility Manager to support the provision and oversight of facility operations, regulatory compliance, and the furtherance of research endeavors and animal welfare within the ~10,000 assignable sq. ft. (~20,000 gross sq. ft.) UW BSL3/ABSL3 Select Agent Facility. This is an assistant administrative and maintenance/operational support position. The opportunity for hands-on research is a possibility, depending on the needs of research personnel.
Assist the Facility Manager in managing day-to-day facility operations:
Perform animal care and facility sanitization and maintenance duties
Ensure logs and documentation are completed and maintained as required
Maintain regular communications with Facility Users
Serve as the primary liaison with equipment vendors, UW Facilities, and building management personnel for repair, replacement, certification, and validation of facility equipment and applicable building systems (e.g., plumbing, HVAC, structural) in the absence of or at the request of the Facility Manager
Order and receive equipment and supplies; maintain appropriate supply inventories
Maintain ready availability and safe operation of facility equipment (e.g., personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, laboratory equipment, animal caging) to include completion of required testing and certification
Track supply and service use by Facility Users for billing purposes
Communicate facility issues and Facility User concerns and requests to the Facility Manager
Communicate with EH&S personnel, Select Agent Program Responsible Official and Alternate Responsible Officials, research staff, research support staff, and other subject matter experts
Assist in developing training materials. Assist in training and assessing competencies of current and proposed Facility Users in facility-specific as well as general safety practices and procedures
Monitor compliance of DCM personnel and Facility Users. Report instances of noncompliance to the Facility Manager or Director
Respond to facility alarms, emergencies, and known or suspected accidents/incidents, including on evenings, weekends, and holidays in collaboration with other facility management personnel
Provide DCM technical services to support research efforts in laboratory and animal studies, as contracted between Facility Users and DCM
Understand and follow applicable federal, state, local, and University policies, protocols, and regulations
Regularly evaluate and, as needed, recommend modifications to current and proposed facility procedures, equipment, and physical areas to optimize personnel safety, animal welfare, facility security, and the conduct of research
Assist in the writing and revision of facility standard operating procedures, policies, and manuals
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in a biological science or related field and at least 2 years of technical laboratory bench experience
Previous experience working within a vivarium with animals
Ability to work collaboratively in a research environment with culturally diverse populations and with individuals of varying educational and professional backgrounds (e.g., Animal Technicians, Veterinarians, Research Technicians, Principal Investigators)
Demonstrated problem solving skills
Ability to review goals, analyze processes, and develop approaches and systems required to meet objectives
Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision; explore new areas and seek opportunities to apply new knowledge to work
Demonstrated professionalism, self-motivation, and attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and foster collegial and cooperative relationships with co-workers and clients
Possess strong verbal and written communication skills with robust organizational abilities
Have proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, and Outlook) and calendaring systems
Previous experience with BSL3 containment including select agent containment, procedures, and practices
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of federal and state biosafety and health and safety regulations including, but not limited to, federal select agent regulations, bloodborne pathogens, and requirements related to the use or transfer of biological agents in a research setting
Working knowledge of animal husbandry standards, regulatory guidelines, requirements, and common standard operating procedures
Certifications by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (ALAT, LAT, LATG, CMAR, ILAM)
Experience with Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint Online
Demonstrated leadership and effective delegation skills
Previous supervisory experience
Possess general mechanical knowledge
Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position.
This is an essential position. The employee is expected to report to work under conditions that other employees are not required to report to work, such as inclement weather and UW suspended operations.
The initial work schedule will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; future work week schedules may change to meet the needs of the department.
Occasional required work outside of regular work hours including, but not limited to, rotating emergency on-call duty, will be required.
Able to lift up to 50 pounds and carry 30 pounds
Must pass a Department of Justice security clearance and the Personnel Suitability Assessment to access BSL3/ABSL3 Select Agents
Obtain initial and annual medical exam and vaccinations; must be able to maintain medical clearance to enter and work in the ABSL3/BSL3 facility; able to wear negative and positive respirators, and personal protective equipment
Employee is personally responsible for following all Environmental Health & Safety and security policies/procedures
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