University of Washington

Seattle , WA


University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 30, 2019
RESEARCH SCIENTIST 1 Req #: 164137 Department: BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURE Job Location: Seattle Campus Posting Date: 01/25/2019 Closing Info: Open Until Filled Salary:

Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Shift: First Shift 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 Department of Biological Structure is a modern anatomy department which studies structural organization ranging from molecules to the human body. The faculty’s scholarly interests can be roughly divided into four groups: cell and developmental biology; neural circuits in retina and brain; three-dimensional structure of biologically-relevant molecules studied by X-ray crystallography; and computer graphics and informatics. The research activity in the department is funded by NIH and NSF grants, private foundation grants, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USDA and a contract from the National Library of Medicine. Most faculty members interact with other faculty, residents and students within Biological Structure as well as with groups in other departments throughout the University. This creates a stimulating atmosphere which encourages innovative anatomical research.

The goal of the Steinmetz Lab at the University of Washington is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying perception, cognition, and action. The lab studies how these brain functions are distributed across diverse neural circuits, and how these distributed populations of neurons coordinate their dynamics to generate useful behaviors. Work in the lab specifically involves studying visually-guided behaviors in mice, using techniques such as next-generation Neuropixels electrophysiology, large-scale calcium imaging, systematic optogenetic manipulations, and advanced data analysis and modeling.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist 1.


The Research Scientist 1 position contributes to the overall goals of the research team by performing the following types of tasks:

• Applying standard practices and techniques, but also recognizing discrepancies in results, making adjustments as necessary. This requires an understanding of scientific techniques/methods, the ability to evaluate techniques/methods to determine which are the most appropriate, and the ability to apply such techniques/methods successfully in a laboratory setting.
• Improving practices based on past project experience, to include building upon and expanding existing practices and protocols within the Steinmetz lab.
• Interacting with other team members in a collaborative manner to accomplish lab goals, to include establishing and nurturing productive relationships with coworkers, students, research assistants, technicians, and other individuals supporting the overall efforts of the Steinmetz lab.
• Providing ideas to improve efficiency within the research team.
• Working with care, conscientiousness, and rigor in executing research duties, to include assembling and analyzing data for inclusion in reports and publications.
• Overseeing projects of limited scope from beginning to end, as assigned by the principal investigator (PI) or PI's delegate.


The Research Scientist 1 position will perform the following tasks in support of the overall research of the Steinmetz lab:

• Mouse handling and behavioral training;
• Mouse colony management and oversight of transgenic breeding and genotyping;
• Histological preparations, including brain slicing and staining;
• Viral injections;
• Surgical procedures, including skull implants;
• Procurement of laboratory supplies and oversight of laboratory maintenance; and
• Other lab duties as assigned by the PI or PI's delegate.

The incumbent will have the opportunity to learn and perform advanced experimental procedures such as brain clearing, electrophysiology, and/or imaging as well as data science and analysis, according to ability and interest. Training will be provided for the duties listed above for which the incumbent is not already proficient.

Requirements include:

• Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Biology, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, or related field.
• Three months to one year of relevant experience.
• Knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures in the field of neuroscience.

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

• Experience with mouse handling, breeding, genotypying, surgical techniques, experimental neuroscience techniques are all a plus.
• Positive attitude and willingness to acquire new technical skills and learn on the job.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

To apply, please provide the following:
-Cover letter which should be a short statement of interests and goals.
-Contact information for 2 or 3 individuals who are familiar with your relevant skills.

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