A staff scientist position is currently available in the Diabetes Clinical Research Program at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI). BRI is an independent research institute, affiliated with the Virginia Mason Health System, that is focused on finding the causes and cures of autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases (e.g. type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, and asthma).
The Diabetes Clinical Research Program at BRI maintains a biorepository of human blood samples for the study of type 1 diabetes (T1D), with samples and patient histories under collection for nearly 20 years, alongside substantive immunological assay data collected by BRI and external scientists. The Diabetes Clinical Research Program also plays a central role in national and international consortium-based sample repositories and clinical trial networks.
The successful applicant will interface with scientific collaborators to optimize research study designs and patient selection, mediate access to internal sample repositories, and facilitate web-based data sharing and analysis. Ability to communicate scientific concepts to both fellow investigators and lay people is a critical element of the position.
Essential functions of this position include:
• Collaborate with internal investigators and external scientists to design studies and contribute to interpretation of findings in type 1 diabetes translational research
• Act as project manager for studies:
• Manage collection of new clinical samples, both internally and at several partner sites
• Manage distribution of clinical samples to, and receipt of data from, internal and external scientists
• Define and maintain timelines for studies involving pharma partners
• Maintain strong working relationships with external sites, ensure timelines are met, and that samples are collected and processed according to SOPs
• Draft progress reports for collaborators and funding agencies
• Communicate orally and in writing with Institutional Review Boards
• Conduct scientific literature reviews to assist in preparation of grants and manuscripts
• Assist in data analysis and interpretation for a JDRF-funded consortium of scientists focused on identifying biomarkers predictive of loss of beta cell function in T1D
• Perform other responsibilities as required
The successful candidate will be experienced in independent research, with a commitment to working collaboratively and being solution-oriented. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as experience in data analysis and study design. Project management skills and previous science writing experience are needed. Previous exposure to budgeting for grants and formal training in statistical analysis are both a plus. A PhD in relevant biological science field, with priority for those with T1D experience, followed by a minimum of three years of postdoctoral research experience is required.