University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Research
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Posted on March 25, 2020
Req #: 178228
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 03/25/2020 
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 Institute for Protein Design (IPD) at the University of Washington in Seattle is creating a new world of synthetic proteins to address 21st-century challenges in medicine, energy, and technology. The IPD is a unique interdisciplinary environment where world-class researchers with expertise in computing and software, biochemistry, genome sciences, biological structure, pharmacology, immunology and other basic science disciplines, as well as clinical medicine, work together to both computationally design and experimentally characterize novel biomolecules. Current projects include the design of novel therapeutics for cancer, neurological diseases, and more, as well as new vaccines, nanomaterials, and enzymes. For more detailed information about the Institute for Protein Design please see

The Institute for Protein Design has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist 1.

The Research Scientist 1 will support the IPD’s Translational Program. The research activities will involve the execution and analysis of standard protein expression, purification and biophysical characterization methods and data, with eventual independent operation thereof. The RSA TPE will also help manage, maintain and upkeep the Translational IPD laboratories.

In this role, ~80% of the effort will be dedicated to production, optimization and formulation of designed proteins. Bacterial and mammalian protein production will involve interaction with standing IPD Core facilities and staff.

Once expertise is gained, the remaining ~20% of effort will be dedicated to quality control of designed proteins using biophysical and biochemical characterization techniques.

Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry, Biology or similar; plus 3 months of experience in expression and purification of protein.
Candidates must be capable of applying standardized scientific procedures and techniques to assignments of limited complexity, involving potentially conflicting design requirements.

Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

An ideal Research Scientist 1 candidate will be someone who (i) has had experience in a laboratory setting during the undergraduate degree obtention, (ii) will use their knowledge gained in their undergraduate degree program to apply fundamental concepts, practices and procedures, (iii) follows procedures for small projects and/or major project tasks which may last years under immediate supervision, and effectively manages them under guidance and direction from project staff; interfaces with investigator peers, (iv) can provide timely and professional scientific services to a number of internal collaborators on approximately 2-3 different projects, (v) can perform tasks and methods as directed, (vi) and enjoys interacting with other scientists in a highly collaborative and fast-paced work environment.

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