Research Associate - Type 1 Diabetes and Diabetic Kidney Disease

Facility:  Research

Seattle, WA, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                 

The Type 1 Diabetes, Immunology, and Kidney Disease team is part of the Global Diabetes, Cardio-Renal, and Translational Science department (GDCRT) provides a research pipeline for Type 1 Diabetes and Kidney Disease (with a focus on diabetic kidney disease) through access to disease-relevant human tissue and data, well-powered and well-designed in vivo studies, and novel in vitro assay platforms. Our projects are developed and supported through internal collaborations as well as academic and industry partnerships. We leverage our findings from human tissues to improve animal models to expedite the drug discovery process. Our immunologists and biologists work across multiple chronic disease areas and are constantly learning new skills to drive experiments forward. Our team takes a unique approach to drug discovery: as our understanding of complex human biology and immunology changes, or a specific technology emerges, we shift our focus. 



The Position

The role of Research Associate will provide research-based support for research activities aimed at accelerating the path of antigen-specific and biological therapies for autoimmune diabetes (Type 1 Diabetes, T1D) and for developing biomarkers and evaluating late-stage therapies for diabetic kidney disease (DKD). This position will assist with the performance of in vivo studies and provide technical support in the laboratory. 



The position will report to a member of the TIKD leadership team and will be supervised by a Scientist.  This position will interact with TIKD team members and other research groups at NNRC, as well as global internal stakeholders and external research collaborators. This position will function as an individual contributor. 


Essential Functions

  • Hands-on experimental effort
  • Works with Scientists to design and conduct laboratory research studies that may include in vivo mouse model studies and in vitro studies involving mouse, human, or non-human primate tissues or cells
  • Manages site inventory, including ordering laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Supports development and management of research protocols for multiple drug discovery efforts
  • Conducts data collection and routine data analysis and documentation of data
  • Maintains laboratory notebooks
  • Collaborative Teamwork
  • Works with the Scientists and other team members to identify, develop, and implement insert relevant research area in support of the relevant research area studies
  • Works in a team-focused environment to ensure progress of global research projects
  • Supports business goals, shares learnings, knowledge and skills, and cross-functional teamwork
  • Scientific input & guidance
  • Works with Scientists to perform basic data analyses
  • Identify the correct methods and perform manual calculations for sample preparation
  • Interprets and properly documents experimental data. Ensures data integrity
  • Works with Department Heads and Scientists to ensure better practice sharing and implementation within the lab


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.


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  • Bachelors degree strongly preferred with 2 years’ minimum relevant experience required, OR High School Diploma with 8+ years’ relevant experience OR Associate or Vocational degree, 4+ years’ relevant experience may also be considered
  • Relevant experience can be a combination of paid and academic experience and should include some of the following:
    • Strong technical skills, including cell culture sterile technique required.
    • Computer proficiency and the ability and desire to learn new software programs is required.
    • Experience with sterile culture techniques
    • Experience with animal & human tissue processing
    • Excellent skills in collecting data and accurately maintaining laboratory notebooks required.
    • Basic understanding of immunology and immunological assays, including but not limited to immunohistochemistry, FACS, and ELISpot, preferred.
  • Preferred experience includes: 
    • Experience working with mouse models in BSL2 conditions, administration of drugs via different routes of injection (including intraperitoneal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular), and tissue collection
    • Experience in tissue preparation for immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence and imaging

    • Experience in biostatistical methods a plus

    • Experience working with and knowledge of mouse models, especially fibrosis models, in BSL2 conditions, administration of drugs via different routes of injection (including intraperitoneal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular), and tissue collection 


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