University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Research
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Posted on March 23, 2020
Req #: 173430
Posting Date: 03/02/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. 
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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 six consecutive years.

The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is one of 12 basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The mission of the department is to advance knowledge and improve the health and welfare of humans and animals through excellent service support, biomedical research, and teaching. DCM is the central laboratory animal medicine resource at the University of Washington, supporting over 114,000 assignable square feet of animal facilities with an average daily census in excess of 100,000 animals across multiple species (e.g., rodents, rabbits, swine, and zebrafish). The department employs over 175 individuals who provide a comprehensive range of animal husbandry, veterinary, and laboratory services across numerous vivaria. The UW animal care program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) and provides services to over 400 principal investigators. Faculty members, post-doctoral fellows and residents (laboratory animal medicine and pathology) conduct basic and clinical research on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, comparative aspects of infectious disease, aging, cancer biology and genetics.

The Department of Comparative Medicine currently has a full time opening for a Research Scientist 1. The person in this position will be engaged in research involving vitamin A metabolism and drug discovery and novel drug development for male contraception.


Job responsibilities for this position will include, but are not limited:
  • Research mouse colony management – genotyping using PCR.
  • In vivo drug studies using mouse models – injections, gavage, and blood collection.
  • Protein purification.
  • Cloning.
  • Enzyme assays.
  • Data entry.
  • Supply ordering and stock management.

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry and a minimum of one to three years of job-related experience.
  • Experience and proficiency handling and working with research mice.
  • Experience with sterile technique.
  • Experience with analytical technique such as HPLC.
  • Solid background and experience in enzymology and molecular biology.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Consistent communications in a professional manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Basic computer skills in Excel and Word.

  • Experience with various rodent handling techniques such as gavage, injection, and blood collection.

  • Must be able to work comfortably in an animal research facility.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position.

  • 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