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.

SIBCR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please.

Go to: Postdoctoral Scholar - NDR | Research Assistant - EM1 | Research Coordinator/Assistant - ZC1 | Laboratory Technician - BW1 | Postdoctoral Researcher (Erickson/Banks) | Research Study Assistant - MIRECC | Accounting Specialist

Work Study Only: Logistics and Operations Assistant

 

Date Posted: 9/25/18

Full-time, Exempt/Salary

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW - GJ1

The Garcia laboratory in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington and the VA Puget Sound is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow, who is interested in studying signaling networks related to mitochondria and muscle wasting in cancer patients and in skeletal muscle samples.

The research team is interested in elucidating comprehensive signaling networks that control muscle mass and function with the goals to identify and characterizing novel mechanisms of muscle atrophy in the setting of cancer. We are particularly interested in the role of mitochondria and hormonal signaling including androgens.

Required:
Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in the field of the life sciences, a strong publication record, and good spoken/written communication skills.

Highly desirable:
Backgrounds/skills include expertise in: 1) Clinical/translational research, 2) Muscle metabolism and mitochondrial function, and 3) molecular biology in cancer or metabolic diseases. The postdoctoral fellow will work in a highly interactive laboratory environment and collaborate with clinical experts, molecular biologists, and biochemists.

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Date Posted: 1/6/2020

Full time/Non-exempt

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR IN NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE RESEARCH

SUMMARY:

The laboratory of Brian Kraemer seeks a talented and enthusiastic postdoc who works well with others to join our multi-disciplinary collaborative research team at the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research (SIBCR). Dr. Kraemer is faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine and his laboratory is located on the VA Medical Center Campus in Seattle, Washington. The Kraemer laboratory studies the molecular genetics of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This is a full time position working on a research project supported by an NIH funded R01 grant.

We offer: a highly stimulating and collaborative scientific work environment in a large laboratory with state of the art research equipment and cutting edge microscopy facilities. Opportunities for career development are readily available and include access to the NIH sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia training program. This position includes full benefits and compensation at the NIH stipulated pay scale for postdocs. Seattle is a dynamic city in the Pacific Northwest with easy access to both the cascade mountains and Puget Sound. Additional information about the laboratory and research setting can be found here: https://sites.google.com/uw.edu/kraemerlab/home 

Required Qualifications:

  • A PhD in a relevant field of the biomedical science.
  • Experience designing and executing well controlled experiments.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a cooperative part of a team.
  • Authorized to work in the US

Beneficial experience/knowledge/skills may include:

  • Experience in genome editing using CRIPSR/Cas9 methods.
  • Experience in molecular cloning and transgenesis methods
  • Experience with genetic analysis methods in model organisms.
  • Experience in assessing protein aggregation.
  • Experience in advanced microscopy techniques.
  • Knowledge of RNA binding protein function.
  • Knowledge of the pathobiology of neurodegenerative disease
  • Knowledge of the biology of aging and disease
  • Knowledge of neurobiology

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Date Posted: 1/6/2020

Full time/Non-exempt

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RESEARCH ASSISTANT - EM1

Summary:
This posting is for a research assistant position in the labs of Drs. Michelle A. Erickson and William A. Banks at the Seattle VA Medical Center. The scientific focus of the labs comprises many aspects of blood-brain barrier physiology that include peptide and protein transport, neuroimmune communication, and perturbation by pharmacologic agents, inhaled toxicants, and disease states such as Alzheimer’s disease. This position is temporary (1-2 years), with extension/renewal possible depending on the applicant’s performance, lab needs, and funding. Applicants who wish to gain post-baccalaureate research experience to strengthen their application for an advanced degree program would be well-suited for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • More detailed aspects of technical duties:
    • Maintain cell cultures, including iPSC lines and in vitro models of the blood-brain barrier
    • Conduct pharmacokinetic studies of peptide and protein transport across the blood-brain barrier in vitro and in vivo
    • Assist with tissue dissections and sample processing
    • Quantify levels of proteins and mRNA in tissues using procedures such as immunoblotting, ELISA, immunofluorescent analysis and microscopy, qPCR, etc.

Position Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit 40 hours a week
  • Must be willing to occasionally work evenings and weekends when needed
  • 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 United States
  • Must work well with others, be pro-active about seeking help when needed, and respect all members in the lab

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related academic program in the life sciences (exceptional candidates in their senior year with a low burden of coursework may be considered). Please include unofficial transcript with coverletter and resume.
  • Prior wet lab experience, including cell culture and experience with molecular biology techniques preferred.

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Date Posted: 1/13/2020

Full time/Non-exempt

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RESEARCH COORDINATOR/ASSISTANT - ZC1

General Duties/Description:
The Research Coordinator/Assistant (DOE) will play an integral role in ongoing, multicenter research studies on Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementias based at the Seattle VA Medical Center. This individual will participate in subject screening and recruitment, collection of clinical information, procurement of biological specimens, medical records review, and data coding/entry. Travel offsite may be required periodically.

Under minimal supervision, this individual will:

  • Screen subjects for eligibility criteria
  • Obtain informed consent from study participants
  • Collect clinical information from interviews with study participants
  • Conduct neuropsychological testing and gait assessment
  • Enter clinical information and test results into databases
  • Perform venipuncture and assist lumbar punctureProcess biospecimen
  • Schedule visits for study participants
  • Communicate with the IRB for study procedures and modifications
  • Coordinate projects with other research groups
  • Maintain contact with physicians and community organizations for recruitment

Requirement:

Bachelor’s degree in relevant academic areas and experience working in human subjects research.

Desirable:

  • Experience with psychometric testing
  • Experience working with Institutional Review Boards
  • Experience with geriatric populations, particularly patients with neurodegenerative disorders
  • Educational or working knowledge of neurobiology and genetics
  • Ability to work independently, strong interpersonal skills
  • A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel software

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Date Posted: 1/28/20

Full time/Non-exempt

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LABORATORY TECHNICIAN - WB1

Summary:


The full time Laboratory Technician will be responsible for the day to day operations of a basic science laboratory specializing in blood-brain barrier. The technician will conduct experiments on rats and mice both independently and in collaboration with others and be responsible for the instruction and supervision of graduate students, post docs, and in some cases junior faculty. The position also includes writing animal protocols, ordering supplies, other aspects of lab maintenance, some administrative duties, basic statistical and pharmacokinetic analysis, and assisting with preparation of grants and scientific manuscripts.

Responsibilities:

  • Order supplies
  • Manage grant budget
  • Plan experiments
  • Label and purify radioactive ligands
  • Prepare tests and collect data per research protocol
  • Handle rats and mice, measure food intake, body weight, and collect tissue
  • Aspects of immunocytochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, and mouse breeding
  • Animal work will include: stereotaxic surgeries (for example controlled cortical impact), subcutaneous minipump implantations, small animal surgical techniques (isolation of carotid arteries), post-operative care and monitoring post-operative care and monitoring, brain dissections
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • BS degree in biology, neuroscience, biochemistry or chemistry
  • Strong organizational, analytic, and communication skills

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience with small animal surgery and ability to handle rats and mice
  • Comfortable with handling low levels of radioactive materials
  • General lab skills

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Date Posted: 1/28/20

Full time/Non-exempt

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER - in vitro blood-brain barrier dysfunction (Erickson/Banks)

Summary:

This posting is for a postdoctoral position in the labs of Drs. Michelle A. Erickson and William A. Banks at the Seattle VA Medical Center and University of Washington. The scientific focus of the labs comprises many aspects of blood-brain barrier physiology that include peptide and protein transport, neuroimmune communication, and effects of disease states on blood-brain barrier functions. The candidate would be expected to support a project which aims to determine how circulating factors contribute to blood-brain barrier dysfunction in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The candidate would also be encouraged to participate on other projects that align with their goals for career development. This position is supported by strong funding from the VA and NIH. The VA Medical Center and University of Washington offer a tremendous training environment for postdoctoral researchers interested in the fields of neuroscience, stem cell biology, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Responsibilities:

  • Carry out technical aspects of research projects, which include designing and conducting experiments, recording and analyzing data, and communicating results to supervisors and the research group at least weekly
  • Maintain inventory of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines and human primary glial cell
  • Conduct routine differentiations of iPSCs into brain endothelial-like cells to support ongoing projects in the lab
  • Complete and stay current on all training required by the VA and affiliated institutions, adhere to all rules and regulations
  • Assist in the writing and submission of regulatory documents
  • Supervise junior investigators at undergraduate level or above
  • Apply for postdoctoral fellowships and/or career development awards such as those supported by the VA or NIH
  • Present data at scientific conferences
  • Prepare manuscripts on original research and write literature reviews
  • More detailed aspects of technical duties:
    • Maintain cell cultures, including iPSC lines and in vitro models of the blood-brain barrier, primary glia, etc.
    • Conduct pharmacokinetic studies of peptide and protein transport across the blood-brain barrier in vitro and in vivo
    • Dissect tissues and process tissue samples for analysis
    • Quantify levels of proteins and mRNA in tissues using procedures such as immunoblotting, ELISA, immunofluorescent analysis and microscopy, qPCR, etc.
    • Learn and apply new techniques (including SOPs) to ongoing projects.

Position Requirements:

  • Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree with experience in neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, immunology, or a related field in the biomedical sciences (degree must be completed by Fall 2020).
  • Eligible to work in the U.S. and to apply for T32/F32 funding
  • At least 3 years of cell culture experience, work with primary neuronal and glial cultures and/or iPSCs is preferred
  • Able to work with mice and radioactive isotopes
  • Able to work alternating weekends for tissue culture maintenance
  • Must work well with others, maintain meticulous records, be pro-active about seeking help when needed, and treat all lab members with respect
  • Experience with techniques such as RNAseq, proteomics, metabolomics, flow cytometry, 3D tissue culture, etc. is beneficial, but not strictly required.

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Date Posted: 2/4/2020

Full time/Non-exempt

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RESEARCH ASSISTANT - MIRECC

Summary:

This position works with the Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (NW MIRECC) conducting world class biomedical research.

The NW MIRECC develops novel and improved treatments for major behavioral disorders afflicting veterans, directing major resources to support research, education, and treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders highly prevalent among combat-exposed returnees including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and blast concussive mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). This position will interact with a multidisciplinary group of clinical and basic investigators, as well as other clinicians, social workers, fellows, volunteer research participants, community partners, scientific collaborators, and Department of Defense components, locally and nationally.

This position support translational neuroscience research; treatment of PTSD and trauma; treatment of common comorbidities such as repetitive blast mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), alcohol use disorder (AUD), cannabis use disorders, chronic pain, and cognitive impairment; and design and implementation of clinical trials.

Responsibilities:
Under minimal supervision and guidance, the research study assistant will:

  • Schedule participant appointments and coordinate study activities with MIRECC staff
  • Assist with recruiting research volunteers
  • Create, modify, and maintain study data collection documents and files
  • Record, organize, verify, transcribe, and upload research study data
  • Prepare and organize regulatory materials for investigators and staff
  • Inventory and resupply study specific materials and kits
  • Participate in research study visits and procedures
  • Accompany study participants to various research procedures
  • Conduct vital signs, ECGs, psychometric testing, and phlebotomy
  • Use physiologic monitoring equipment, such as pupillometry and actigraphy
  • Process/test urine, blood, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
  • Ship and track human biological samples
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant and study records at all times
  • Serve as protocol resource for participants and staff
  • Perform other related duties as needed

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Authorized to work in the US

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience working with psychophysiology equipment and/or data
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills
    Solid problem-solving skills
  • Impeccable organizational and time management abilities
  • Able to adapt to changing research and staff priorities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Previous experience in clinical research
  • Familiarity and experience with a veteran population
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible schedule to accommodate participants
  • Willingness to work at secondary site(s)

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Date Posted: 2/10/2020

Part time/Non-exempt

WORK STUDY APPLICANTS ONLY

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LOGISTICS AND OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

Logistics and Operations Assistant for GRECC Labs: work hours would generally be between 8am and 6pm Monday- Friday. Work week might include an occasional weekend.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Sensaphone freezer alarm systems; obtain contact information for call outs, update and maintain call out information on Sensaphones, maintain call out records on spread sheet, perform monthly call tests, hookup alarm systems
  • Update RD freezer data list; remove excessed freezers, add new freezers, update moved freezer locations, make tags and label freezers
  • Help with moves; moving and setting up furniture and equipment, recycling and cleaning, hazardous chemical decontamination and disposal
  • Recycling; empty battery, Styrofoam, metal and electronic waste bins
  • Perform GRECC equipment inventories; work with lab personnel to find exception list items, fill out turn in paperwork, decontaminate lab equipment
  • Help with deliveries and-acquisitions- obtaining quotes, performing market research
  • Help with archiving of old documents
  • Help set up GRECC conferences and seminars
  • Deliver dry ice to GRECC research areas

Minimum qualifications:

  • Good attention to detail for cleaning, maintenance and alarm system maintenance
  • Good written and oral communication skills; for communicating with supervisor & lab personnel regarding work done, status of requests, problems and solutions
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability and willingness to; follow specific detailed instructions, work both independently & as a supportive team member, learn new tasks, share own observations & ideas
  • Confidence

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Date Posted: 2/10/2020

Full time/Non-exempt

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ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST

Summary:

The Accounting Specialist is responsible for ensuring accurate and timely processing of accounts payables in a customer service driven organization. This person will also have purchasing and accounts receivable responsibilities.

Qualifications

Required:

  • 1-3 years of accounting experience in accounts payables, receivables and purchasing or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Strong communication, organizational and customer service skills
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to meet deadlines and complete work in a detail oriented manner

Preferred:

  • Nonprofit experience
  • Experience with MIP (Abila) accounting software

Responsibilities:

  • Accounts Payable
  • Receive and verify invoices and purchase orders for goods and services
  • Verify that all transactions comply with financial policies and procedures, including federal cost principles
  • Follow-up with customers for additional information needed to process invoices and reimbursements
  • Prepare and code invoices for data entry
  • Prepare invoices for weekly AP check run
  • Resolution of billing errors or disputes with customers
  • Maintain vendor files and invoice filing
  • Review AP entries before check run
  • Other duties as assigned

Purchasing

  • Purchase goods and services, including annual customer supply processing
  • Verify that all transactions comply with financial policies and procedures
  • Enter credit card purchases in accounting database
  • Verify Signature Authority forms

Accounts Receivable

  • Prepare and enter accounts receivable invoices in accounting system
  • Follow up on past invoices
  • Assist Accounting Manager with cash receipts processing
  • Deposit checks

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