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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 University of Washington, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is a broad and dynamic department that strives for a consistent level of high achievement in all of its activities. The Department offers full diagnostic services in all areas of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, is a top ranked research organization as measured by research awards from the National Institutes of Health and offers an array of specialized educational training programs.
The UW Medicine Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology brings together state-of-the-art technology and highly trained, world renowned personnel to provide comprehensive diagnostic and personalized service to physicians, community hospitals, independent laboratories, and other health care organizations. Our operations are based at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, South Lake Union, Northwest Hospital and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Faculty members also serve at Seattle Children's Hospital, the Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Healthcare System, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. These collaborative efforts have generated innovative, translational studies in the basic mechanisms of disease as they apply to diagnostic laboratory medicine and pathology.
The Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine offers an exceptional opportunity as a director of aquatics, overseeing a multi-user core zebrafish facility. The candidate needs to bring significant experience working with zebrafish in a research setting. The candidate will collaborate with researchers for the completion of interdisciplinary research projects relating to zebrafish. The position requires knowledge and skills in animal husbandry, basic fish biology, water quality and purification standards, large scale recirculating water systems, fluorescence microscopy, and molecular biology. The candidate will work with the PI, collaborators, staff, research associates, and students supporting efforts to establish a competitive research program.
Additionally, the candidate needs a strong background and experience working under IACUC and OAW (or equivalent) guidelines.
RESPONSIBILITIES: •Managing the day-to-day operations of the zebrafish facility, providing general zebrafish care and husbandry. •Maintaining feeding protocol and water quality standards for optimal fish health and well-being. •Breeding, screening, genotyping of zebrafish to maintain ISCRM stock colony. •Liaison to primary investigators and laboratory personnel. Handles questions, complaints, suggestions related to zebrafish and the facility. •Collaborating with veterinarians, OAW, and IACUC personnel to ensure fish health and welfare. •Meet with facility users, assess needs pertaining to specific projects and then design, develop and execute experiments. •Oversees new user facility orientation and training. •This position will also be the primary zebrafish surgeon, specializing in heart, spinal, and fin amputations. •Perform microinjections on embryonic zebrafish on an as needed basis. •Staff management -- Hiring and training of aquatics staff. •Liaison to Hines building engineers, IACUC, EH&S and OAW. •This position requires holding and managing a facility IACUC and BUA protocols. Assist other labs as needed to develop their own protocols. •Must be able to supervise all ABSL2 and biological toxin work. Must have knowledge of appropriate protocols to address emergency situations. •Must have technical expertise to maintain and repair aquatic system mechanics and components. Responsible for emergency operations, coordination and repairs. Familiarity with PLCs and ability to program and/or update existing programs as needed. •Will oversee the zebrafish health program that includes daily health monitoring and evaluation of moribund zebrafish. Must be able to determine how to resolve health issues as they arise. •Will oversee the biosecurity program, which is designed to prevent pathogens and outside organisms from entering the facility and/or infecting the zebrafish. •Facility SOP and program updates. Ability to seek out new information and to update existing standards/protocols based on current literature and meetings/sessions. •Inventory management. Oversee and approve ordering of supplies and equipment. •Tracking of facility usage and fish populations. Billing facility users and tracking of financial data. •Give tours and presentations to both scientific and general population on advancements in zebrafish-related research. •Maintaining and upkeeping all zebrafish-related equipment •Participates in the development and interpretation of department policies to ensure compliance with the university’s policies and regulatory requirements. Ensures compliances with applicable federal regulations. •This position has a standard 8h/day, 5d/wk schedule, however this is a 24/7 on-call position and working weekends and evenings, remotely or on-site, may be required as needed.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry. •At least 3-5 years of zebrafish care and husbandry experience in research or industry •At least 3-5 years of experience working with recirculating water systems •At least 3-5 years of working in an IACUC, OAW (or equivalent) compliant setting •At least 5 years of experience managing personnel •Experience in working under ABSL1 and ABSL2 conditions •Trained in confocal and fluorescent microscopy •Strong communicative, organizational, and analytic skills as well as the ability to meet deadlines, to work in teams and to independently identify and solve problems •The candidate should be able to provide critical and constructive feedback
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Master’s degree in the sciences. •Active involvement in zebrafish community •Participation in annual conferences •Publications in academic journals as author, co-author or acknowledged
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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.