University of Washington

Seattle , WA


University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 28, 2019
RESEARCH SCIENTIST 3 Req #: 164052 Department: CHEMISTRY Job Location: Seattle Campus Posting Date: 01/25/2019 Closing Info: Closes On 02/01/2019 Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Limited Recruitment: Open to Department employees only
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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 five consecutive years.

Our Department of Chemistry has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist 3.

This Research Scientist 3 position is expected to independently evaluate, select, and apply scientific techniques and procedures to conduct research in the field of biophysical and medicinal chemistry, under the guidance of Professor Gabriele Varani. The incumbent will apply their technical expertise and broad knowledge of relevant principles and protocols to continually improve research practices and develop extensions to existing methods and procedures to achieve optimal scientific data or results, with a focus on the design and synthesis of new small molecule inhibitors for life sciences or clinical applications.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
• Perform research studies to characterize RNA structure and interaction with small molecules by NMR.
• Design and characterize new molecules that bind to RNA using computational tools and NMR.
• Characterize biophysical, biochemical and cellular properties of small molecules binding to RNA.
• Apply novel small molecules for life sciences and clinical use.
• Conduct laboratory research (e.g., take measurements, record observations, collect and interpret data).
• Understand and contribute to broad strategic objectives. Support ongoing research efforts, serving in an appropriate lead role on projects within area of expertise. Create, monitor, and implement effective research plans, taking the lead for scoping tasks and projects and organizing the research team.
• Independently identify, evaluate, and resolve problems and related technical issues (such as potentially conflicting design requirements or unavailability of materials or processes) by applying broad technical knowledge and expertise, leading to long-term solutions.
• Coordinate and collaborate with team members within and outside the University to accomplish research objectives, enhance technical methodology, and improve organizational efficiency.
• Consult Professor Varani concerning unusual problems and developments.
• Monitor the work of others and redirects efforts to achieve task/project objectives or enhance quality. Mentor junior staff in the development of technical, project, and business development skills.
• Co-author papers, presentations, project reports, and other scholarly works. Deliver invited talks at technical meetings, scientific conferences, and presentations to research sponsors.
• Make significant contributions to technical proposal preparation for new grants and contracts. Determine feasibility of project goals and objectives and assess cost, scope, and schedule. Maintain external research relationships to identify and develop new funding sources.
• Contribute to the acquisition, installation, and management of instrumentation and equipment relevant to current and upcoming research projects.
• Perform other related duties as needed.

Minimum Requirements
Master’s degree in chemistry or a related field, with at least three years of relevant and progressive experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications
Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field, ideally focused on small molecule assaying by NMR. At least five years of relevant and progressive research experience, including NMR spectroscopy, RNA, and small molecule design and characterization by biophysical, biochemical and cellular tools. Significant experience as co-author of scholarly works. Demonstrated creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in conducting scholarly research.

Conditions of Employment
May require some work outside of normal working hours to meet specific deadlines.

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