SIBCR's mission is to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through research and education conducted at the both the Seattle and Tacoma VA Puget Sound Health Care System. SIBCR is dedicated to supporting research and education efforts by facilitating collaborative research projects with other federal agencies, voluntary health organizations, nonprofit professional societies, academic institutions and for-profit companies.

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Go to: Research Technician - BW2 | Senior Research Grants Manager | Clinical Research Assistant | Research Coordinator - BW2 | Laboratory Technician - ZC1


Date Posted: 5/26/17

Part/Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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  Data Anaylst - IG1


Analyst for clinical research in liver disease, full time or part-time based at VAPSHCS.


  • Work as a part of a large group of analysts, biostatisticians, epidemiologists and clinical investigators.
  • Extracting analytic variables from national VA electronic records.
  • May perform preliminary descriptive statistics or even more advanced analyses.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Significant experience in SQL, STATA and SAS.    
  • BA or BSs degree required, MS or PhD degree is considered favorable                         


Date Posted: 5/23/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Research Technician - BW2


This posting is for a research technician position in the labs of Drs. Michelle Erickson and William Banks at the Seattle VA Medical Center. The scientific focus of both labs comprises many aspects of blood-brain barrier physiology that include peptide and protein transport, neuroimmune communication, and perturbation by pharmacologic agents, toxicants, and disease states such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The ideal candidate would support a multidisciplinary, R21-funded project that aims to determine how exposure to ozone, a widespread component of air pollution, adversely affects the central nervous system and could contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.


  • Carry out technical aspects of research projects, which includes designing and conducting experiments, recording and managing data, and communicating results to supervisors and the research group
  • Complete and stay current on all training required by the VA and affiliated institutions and adhere to all rules and regulations
  • Record keeping and preparation of paperwork for protocol submissions
  • More detailed aspects of technical duties include:
    • In vivo PK/PD studies in mice
    • Behavioral assays (cognition, olfaction, anhedonia, stress, anxiety, depression) in mice
    • Extraction and quantification of proteins and nucleic acids
    • Immunofluorescent staining and microscopy
    • Tissue culture
    • Molecular cloning and viral vector development

Position Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit 40 hours a week
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends
  • Must be willing to work with mice and radioactive isotopes and strictly adhere to all regulations regarding their use
  • Must be authorized to work in the US
  • Must work well with others, be pro-active about seeking help when needed, and respect all members in the lab
  • Must be able to independently design and execute experiments, analyze data, and report data in a clear, organized format

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related academic program in the life sciences
  • At least 2 years of wet lab experience that includes mouse handling, molecular techniques such as ELISAs, Western Blotting, qPCR, and cell culture.
  • Other desirable skills:
    • Mouse behavior
    • Respiratory physiology
    • Flow cytometry

Date Posted: 7/10/18

Full-time: Exempt

How to apply

Senior Research Grants Manager

SIBCR's mission is to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through research and education conducted at both the Seattle and Tacoma VA Puget Sound Health Care System. SIBCR is dedicated to supporting research and education efforts by facilitating collaborative research projects with other federal agencies, voluntary health organizations, nonprofit professional societies, academic institutions and for-profit companies.

Job Summary

SIBCR is hiring an experienced grant manager to join our Sponsored Programs team. The Senior Grants and Contracts Manager manages the pre- and post-award process for a diverse portfolio of VA PIs, from proposal development and submission through award negotiations to post-award partnerships, budgeting, and reporting oversight. This role also participates substantively in identifying departmental needs and goals and implementing solutions to them. We are looking for a team player with the drive and experience to contribute to our whole organization, and bring our internal and external stakeholders along too.


  • Negotiates complex grants and contracts management issues throughout the grant lifecycle and resolves them with a high degree of internal and external customer service
  • Assembles and submits a large volume of grant applications that comply with external funder requirements and internal SIBCR requirements
  • Maintains knowledge of submission and reporting requirements for various federal and non-federal funding agencies including electronic submission processes
  • Liaises with grant funders and serves in a pivotal role to provide guidance on diverse policies, rules, and regulations to our investigators and staff
  • Manages post-award activities, ensuring adherence to applicable regulations: oversees subawarding and other collaborative relationships, tracks deadlines and prepares accurate reports, and monitors budgets, correctly identifies trends, and corrects course as needed
  • Manages industry-funded collaborations from negotiating funding agreements to monitoring progress and milestones
  • Creates and monitors internal business processes proactively optimizing workflow within SIBCR and with external partners
  • Researches federal statutes and regulations to contribute to internal policies that ensure SIBCR remains in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and funder policies
  • Assists with filings for federal regulatory renewals (e.g., IACUC, ORI, etc.)
  • Maintains and updates internal data systems in a timely and accurate manner
  • Reports grant and contract data to the Director of Sponsored Programs
  • Participates in team training and coaching activities

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • 4-5 years of experience managing federal grants and contracts with exposure to both pre- and post-award stages

Knowledge and Experience

  • Strong organization and time management skills and the ability to organize priorities relative to deadlines in a highly detail-oriented position
  • Strong familiarity wih federal rules, regulations and standards (e.g. CRFs, Uniform Guidance, NIH GPS, DoDGARs) and the ability to effectively communicate this information to our investigators and staff
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of reliability, accuracy and productivity
  • Exceptional communication and customer service skills dealing with both technical and professional staff in a collegial setting
  • Building productive relationships up, down and across an organization, and with external partners
  • Database experience and knowledge of electronic grant submission and mangement systems
  • Ability to assess budget and financial reporting and identify trends; can operationalize basic fund accounting principles and accounting procedures
  • Experience creating and monitoring policy and procedures
  • Desktop application proficient and computer literate

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Date Posted: 7/17/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Clinical Research Assistant

The Clinical Research Assistant will work as a key team member on a series of studies based at the Seattle VA Medical Center. This position will require an individual who understands the principles of scientific investigation and clinical trials, who is capable of in-depth understanding of the study protocol, and is able to make complex decisions independently. The candidate must possess strong scientific, organizational, and interpersonal skills and have at least 2 years project management experience. A BA/BS or higher is required; a degree in scientific research-related field is strongly recommended. The position is full-time; Monday through Friday approximately 8:00 – 4:30 pm. The salary is based on the applicant’s research experience and includes benefits.


  • Provide daily operational support
  • Ensure compliance with applicable IRB, human subjects and data security guidelines and regulations
  • Assist with development and maintenance of databases and files
  • Prepare written reports and document procedure
  • Provide recruitment for studies by screening for eligibility and obtaining informed consent
  • Conduct study visits and administer questionnaires
  • Enter data into study databases
  • Prepare mailings
  • Track recruitment activities
  • Assist with grant submissions, including preparing applications, conducting literature reviews, and other tasks as needed

Position Requirements:

  • BA/BS and at least 2+ years of experience in health research
  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail

Desirable Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience with electronic medical record systems
  • Knowledge of research compliance regulations
  • Experience using the Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Access

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Date Posted: 8/1/2018

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

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Research Coordinator - BW2

The Research Coordinator's duties include biomedical experiments that work with radioactivity and rodents. General lab skills are needed, organizational skills, and some administrative duties. The individual should have good communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team with others in support of the lab. 

Research work:

  • Rodent injections and surgeries
  • Protein and nucleic acid analysis such as Western blots, dot blots, immunoassays, qPCR, microscopy
  • Tissue culture of mammalian cell lines, primary brain cells, and iPSCs
  • General experimental procedures

Lab regulatory:

  • Work on submissions for biological hazards
  • Work on submissions for IACUC submissions
  • Work on submissions for R&D committee
  • Organize and maintain approval and renewal documentation for each of the above
  • Maintain chemical inventories and MSDS
  • Assist with preparing grant proposals

Lab maintenance:

  • Check eyewash stations
  • Properly dispose of biohazard materials (autoclaving or Stericycle)
  • Maintain radioactive materials storage and waste disposal
  • Ensure cleanliness of lab spaces, and adherence to institutional regulations

Ordering laboratory supplies:

  • Place orders for lab staff
  • Compare pricing
  • Order from appropriate funding accounts
  • Receive shipments and distribute items
  • Develop a method for stocking routine supplies
  • Organize and maintain documentation of ordered and received items for budgeting purposes

Other duties:

  • Learn and utilize lab techniques as needed
  • Prepare routine solutions such as buffers
  • Assist new lab members with WOC appointments, research training, and regulatory paperwork
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Principle Investigator
  • Lab technical staff
  • Fellows, grad students and visiting scientists
  • Collaborators
  • Animal Research Facility staff
  • Research and Development Office Personnel
  • GRECC Office Personnel
  • SIBCR Office Personnel
  • VA Mailroom and Facilities staff

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Date Posted: 8/7/18

Full-time, Non-Exempt/Hourly

How to apply

Laboratory Technician - ZC1

General Duties/Description:

The incumbent will play an integral role in an ongoing, multicenter, genetics research study on Parkinson's disease based at the Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System.  This individual will perform laboratory duties, and analyze and track data in a Microsoft Access database.

 Under minimal supervision, this individual will:

  • Extract DNA from human blood and tissue
  • Design and order primers
  • Genotype human genomic DNA using TaqMan
  • Genotype microsatellite markers on human genomic DNA
  • Sequence human genomic DNA
  • Analyze sequence data using Mutation Surveyor
  • Modify, maintain, and query Microsoft Access databases
  • Maintain freezer inventory of human DNA, plasma and serum samples
  • Reagent Preparation


BS degree in biology or related field AND up to two years of experience in a research laboratory; experience with general molecular methods including PCR; proficiency with desktop computers including spreadsheet and statistical software; strong organizational and communication skills; ability to manage diverse tasks, flexibility in work hours, and a commitment to excellence.


  • Experience with bioinformatics including use of dbSNP and other NCBI resources
  • Experience with ABI 7900 and SDS software
  • Experience with ABI Genetic Analyzer (3100, 3130, or 3730)
  • Experience with GeneMapper Software
  • Experience with Mutation Surveyor Sequence Analysis software
  • Experience Extracting DNA from Human Whole Blood
  • Coursework in molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, and statistics

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