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This research opportunity is with the McElrath Lab within the Vaccine & Infectious Disease Division. The technician will work under the direction of a Staff Scientist and use discretion and judgment in performance of duties in support of human mucosal immunology studies relevant to HIV-1 prevention. In particular, they will perform and assist in the development of mucosal explant models for evaluating the functionality, levels and distribution of HIV-1 specific antibodies. They will also be responsible for processing various mucosal specimens from study participants, performing downstream assays, collecting and analyzing the data.
The incumbent will work closely with other laboratory staff conducting mucosal studies. They will interpret and report on experimental results and assist with data presentation for conferences and manuscripts. They may work with the clinical staff from the Fred Hutch HIV vaccine Trials Unit, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and other hospitals to coordinate specimen transfer and/or personally pick up specimens. They will assist in the development and maintenance of laboratory quality control (QC) methods and records, which may require adherence to GCLP (Good Clinical Lab Practice) standards
***A cover letter is required for consideration for this position***
A bachelor’s degree in a biological science and some bench research experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with cellular immunologic assays, tissue culture, micro-dissection, molecular biology and microscopy is desirable but not essential. Motivation and adaptability are essential, as is a keen interest in the HIV vaccine and prevention fields. Must be willing to work with biohazardous/infectious agents (e.g., blood-borne pathogens, including HIV-1), including human tissues under carefully controlled conditions. Strong organizational and communication skills are necessary. Must be flexible and willing to work some evenings and weekends.