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Research Scientist 2 (Temporary)

University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 30, 2020
Req #: 168987
Department: Oncology: The Cancer Vaccine Institute (CVI)
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: South Lake Union
Job Location Detail: South Lake Union 
Posting Date: 07/03/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

This is a TEMPORARY/PROSTAFF, FULL-TIME position. It begins Upon Hire and is expected to run through February of 2020.


The University of Washington (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.

The Cancer Vaccine Institute (CVI), a part of the Department of Medicine’s Oncology division,  includes multiple researchers that develop novel, immune based therapies for treatment, prevention and diagnoses of cancer. CVI has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Research Scientist 2.

This position will be engaged in cancer research, translational medicine, and immunology. Specific cancers that are researched include colon, breast, and ovarian. They will perform studies to measure adaptive immune responses in healthy individuals and those with cancer.


•              Direct maintenance of mouse colony experiments, breeding and genotyping
•              Design, perform and manage mouse studies
•              Process tissues to cell suspension and perform immune assays
•              Perform tumor cell culture using sterile technique
•              Independently perform highly specialized animal procedures (i.e. fine needle aspirate, electroporation, surgery)
•              Develop new standard operating procedures; train staff on protocols
•              Record keeping, data collection and analysis
•              Read literature related to research projects- offer analysis and recommendations
•              Generate periodic reports of work, including contribution to progress reports and publications
•              Computing and analysis – Powerpoint, Excel, Word, GraphPad
•              Independently evaluate, select and apply scientific procedures and techniques to projects

Communication and Teambuilding

•              Communicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis
•              Form productive working relationships with co-workers
•              Open to receiving feedback and making constructive changes as a result
•              Open to receiving direction and asks for assistance when needed
•              Demonstrate a courteous, respectful, professional attitude and behavior at all times
•              Represent the CVI professionally
•              Support the mentoring of residents, medical students, and fellows in the lab

Quality Assessment and Improvement

•              Participate in and support quality assessment and improvement activities
•              Receptive to new ideas and procedures
•              Adapt to new routines and schedules as necessary


Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Immunology, or related field, can substitute equivalent experience
One to three years' experience
Strong cell culture skills;
Experience writing scientific procedures and methods;
Experience with mouse handling;
Excellent time management, organizational, and communication skills;
Ability to manage diverse tasks;
Superb attention to detail;
Flexibility in work hours;
Team player;
High degree of integrity.


Strong computer skills
Knowledge of statistics
Experience with ELISPOT

Application Process:
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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