Research Scientist 1
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. 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. The Department of Ophthalmology has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist 1. Dr. Pepple's laboratory is interested in understanding the pathogenesis of ocular inflammation and developing new therapies to treat patients with uveitis. Uveitis is the term used to describe eye diseases caused by inflammation. Uveitis can cause blindness and impacts around 300,000 people in the United States. Dr. Pepple's lab works with animal models of uveitis to better understand this disease. Our research program is directed at developing quantitative immunologic assays for use in animal models of uveitis that will speed the progress of mechanism discovery and drug development. RESPONSIBILITIES * This is an entry-level position. Candidate will perform routine scientific/engineering work, evaluating, selecting, and applying standardized scientific or engineering procedures and techniques to assignments with clear, specific objectives. * Assignments will require investigation of a limited number of variables and few complex features. Limited exercise of judgment is required on details of work and in making preliminary selections and adaptations of alternatives. This position requires work experience acquired at the technician level, or appropriate graduate level study. For training and development purposes, assignments may include some work that is typical of a higher level. * The Research Scientist 1 will work under limited supervision to complete assigned tasks/projects, demonstrating the ability to work independently. Supervisor will screen assignments for unusual or difficult problems and select techniques and procedures to be applied to non-routine work. Incumbent will receive close supervision on new aspects of assignments. * Standard laboratory/project protocols include: PCR and gel electrophoresis; Flow cytometry; Western blot; Cell culture; Experimental animal husbandry; Performing in-vivo imaging assays; Taking tissue samples from laboratory animals for experimental procedures and entering and cataloguing data. Duties will include: * Performing specific and limited portions of broader projects, under technical guidance of an experienced scientist/engineer. * Applying standard practices and techniques in specific situations, adjusts and correlates data recognizes discrepancies in results, and follows operations through a series of related detailed steps or processes. Defines and improves practices from experiences on small projects. * Conducting experiments/tests in the laboratory/field that include taking measurements and recording observations, collecting, compiling and processing data. * Contributing data/findings for use in reports, documents, or oral/written presentations. * Interacts in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals; may provide ideas to improve efficiency at group level; networks primarily within own technical peer group. * Learning methods for planning, including assessment of cost, scope and schedule against plan. * Implementing established systems/approaches for moderately difficult tasks. * Performing project related tasks providing support to on-going funding efforts. * Performing assigned lab related maintenance and organizational tasks. * Participating in regularly scheduled laboratory meetings and journal clubs. * Meeting regularly with supervisor and/or PI to provide written and verbal updates on assigned tasks/projects. * Possibly guiding the work of peers, technicians or other support staff as necessary to achieve specific assignments. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS * Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline AND 1 year of work experience in a related field. Additional requirements: * Must comply with NIH, federal, state and University regulations on the safe and ethical use of animals in research as well as other required trainings needed for job related tasks. * Knowledge of the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of a particular field of specialization * Ability to develop technical expertise and knowledge through experience and application. * Must be able to work with live animal model organisms. * Must have excellent lab skills in good record-keeping, performing repetitive manual operations extremely accurately, and paying attention to detail. * Ability to solve well-defined problems using accepted methods and techniques. Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT * Will work in a shared work space. 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