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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on February 5, 2020
Req #: 167448
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 05/09/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: Additional project specific information can be found here.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington educates tomorrow’s innovators, conducts cutting-edge research in core and emerging areas of the field, and leads a broad range of multi-disciplinary initiatives that demonstrate the transformative power of computing. Consistently ranked among the top computer science programs in the nation, the Allen School is widely recognized for its success in promoting diversity and for the impact of its research and teaching across our region and around the globe. The Allen School occupies two spectacular buildings — the Paul G. Allen Center and the adjacent Bill & Melinda Gates Center — located at the heart of the UW campus in Seattle.

The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have an outstanding opportunity for a Research Engineer (Research Scientist/Engineer 1).

This position supports research in the interdisciplinary Molecular Information Systems Research Laboratory, working independently with limited supervision and guidance from the Principal Investigators and other more senior members of the lab.

This lab supports a funded research project that seeks to explore ways of building computer systems with silicon-based and biological parts. Specific focus is on the identification of systematic design rules or the de novo construction of hybrid silicon and biological circuits with DNA. 

The primary purpose of position is to work on a digital microfluidics platform.  The Research Engineer is responsible for assisting with designing fluidics setups, electronic systems, simple mechanical systems, control software development, as well as providing engineering support for other members of the lab. 

This position includes a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:
• Improve upon a base design of a digital microfluidics platform; revise and build upon existing electronics systems to enhance platform reliability, modularity and scalability
• Engineer mechanical systems to support a variety of platform functionalities
• Investigate methods to interface platform with existing technologies (e.g. liquid handling technologies)
• Perform minor maintenance and repair of laboratory apparatus and instruments
• May review relevant literature and contribute data for reports and publications
• Attend research group meetings and area seminars
• Perform related duties as required

• Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or a related field
• 1 year of related experience
• Experience designing, developing and debugging printed circuit boards (PCBs) and associated hardware
• Experience designing electronics and control systems and working with embedded systems     
• Ability to collect data in a consistent, reliable and accurate manner
• Experience writing code in a popular programming language (e.g. Python, C, C++)
• Experience writing scripts for data analysis 
• Strong organizational and communication skills; experience ordering and organizing lab equipment and supplies
• Demonstrated ability to work as part of a diverse and collaborative team          
• Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated problem-solving skills, strong detail orientation and ability to adeptly manage multiple deadline priorities
• Desire to learn and willingness to take calculated risks to drive innovation

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

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Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or