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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on August 6, 2019
Req #: 167349
Job Location: Other Location
Job Location Detail: 1616 Eastlake Ave East 
Posting Date: 05/07/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: Conditions of Employment:
  • Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather;
  • Must be able to meet with all shifts on a regular basis;
  • May work weekends and holidays;
  • May be asked to work hours beyond normal open hours of the laboratory depending on staffing needs and current testing requirements.

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis:  Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Our LABORATORY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT has an outstanding full-time position for a Research Scientist 1.  Under general supervision, the person in this role will perform technical procedures in a virology laboratory including but not limited to droplet digital PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, next-generation sequencing and tissue, plasma, and FFPE DNA and RNA extractions on biological samples. The person in this role will handle tissue specimen for cryo-storage and prepare tissue sections for Immunohistochemistry analysis. Report the results, and organize documents and keep records.

The position's major duties and responsibilities include performing sample prep and digital and quantitative PCR assays for the viruses outlined above as well as assisting with troubleshooting with existing assays and methodological development of new assays in order to study digital PCR and other nucleic acid amplification technology in molecular virology diagnostics.

General Duties:
  • Under general supervision, perform experiments according to documented protocols;
  • Under general supervision, perform scientific investigative procedures such as clinical validation of the techniques outlined above through interpretation of the results – notify supervisor or senior lab members if results are not agreeable with experimental goals;
  • Assist in troubleshooting problems that arise in research protocols and report problems to the Research Senior Scientist;
  • Assist supervisor and/or senior lab members in developing techniques including multiplex PCR, next-generation sequencing library preparation, and novel digital PCR tests;
  • Participate in writing reports about new assay development and continuing data collection and interpretation; participate in presentations to peers and supervisor both at formal lab meetings and informal meetings with colleagues;
  • Operate and maintain necessary instruments utilized in scientific studies of laboratory experiments, including PCR thermocyclers, qPCR instruments, RNA/DNA fragment bioanalyzer, gel electrophoresis apparati, droplet generator, droplet reader and their associated computers;
  • Maintain detailed lab records;
  • Update specimen inventory;
  • Inventory reagents and supplies;
  • General lab cleaning and maintenance;
  • Conduct literature reviews and background searches to assist in determining research methods and project planning;
  • Operate ancillary equipment such as computers, printers, etc.;
  • Perform related duties as required;
  • Attend and participate in lab meetings.

Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or related field, AND two years of experience in a related area.

Desired Requirements:
  • Good laboratory practice (GLP) skills.
  • Experience with Excel and Word for data entry and data analyses.

This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment.  As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

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