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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on November 5, 2019
Req #: 171661
Job Location: Other Location
Job Location Detail: Fred Hutch 
Posting Date: 10/02/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: Conditions of Employment:
  • It will be necessary to work in other departmental locations in order to meet position requirements, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  In addition, less frequent work effort will be required at other UW School of Medicine locations (e.g., South Lake Union) and Seattle-area healthcare institutions.
  • 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 4.  The person in this role will collaborate with the Division Head to conceive and develop projects and plans for diagnosis, therapy, and assessment of treatment response for HIV and other viral infections, perform assays and/or direct technical personnel in these efforts, and assist the Division Head in the widespread dissemination of results.

General Duties:
  • Independently design diagnostic droplet digital PCR assays and quantitative PCR assays, sequencing-based assays and other clinical and research assays, and determine assay performance and diagnostic utility.
  • Collaborate in the design of therapeutic and interventional studies, to ensure appropriate experimental design and sample acquisition.
  • Perform experiments with PCR technology, and develop assays, sequence development, analyze experimental data and determine what modifications and follow-up experiments are necessary to generate relevant data.
  • Contribute data and analyses for grant submissions. Present data at laboratory meetings. Write manuscripts with Professor/Division Head for peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, and poster presentations.
  • Contribute to and coordinate dissemination of program results beyond the scientific community; including but not limited to social media platforms.
  • Consistently elicit support and cooperation from others when presenting ideas and concepts; facilitate group process to accomplish goals; demonstrate ability to persuade others to cooperate in achievement of plans.
  • Develop appropriate and creative solutions and chooses best alternative; take action in a timely manner.
  • Direct the work of staff so as to achieve optimum productivity; encourages or requires employee involvement in planning and organizing work.
  • Effectively inform staff of policies, procedures, expectations, and objectives; solicits feedback from employees on an ongoing basis.
  • Foster team effort and cooperation among staff members, both intra- and interdepartmentally.
  • Participate in the interview process, train, provide performance feedback to management, and assign/check work of lower level staff.
  • Demonstrate techniques and shares practical knowledge as needed with medical technology students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, research scientists, visiting scientists and new employees.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Doctorate in Microbiology or closely related field, or relevant Masters and equivalent experience AND at least four years in related area or equivalent combination of education/experience.

Additional Requirements:
  • Experience in primer/probe design for PCR, collaborative project design, and understanding of basic viral biology. Experience in evaluation of viral sequence diversity.
  • Strong written and communication skills.
  • Ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot.

This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced work environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please view this page.

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