University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on July 7, 2020
Req #: 175835
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake
Posting Date: 04/06/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department currently employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. 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  enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.

UW Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 1.  The person in this role will be a member of a team that participates in the conduct of multiple research studies involving human subjects and their samples, with a focus on human immune responses in various disease states. The purpose of this position is to advance research in human disease.  This is achieved by conducting assays and experiments of prepared samples. There is special focus on the development of flow cytometric assays and determining the utility of these assays in the clinical setting.

Under direct supervision of the Clinical Immunology Lab Manager, the individual in this role will;
  • Assist and support in developing and Conducting flow cytometric assays and experiments using whole blood and PBMC; analyze flow cytometry data using FlowJo software.
  • Process human blood, fluid and tissues, including using sterile technique for isolating human PBMC; thaw and cryopreserve cells.
  • Conduct other research assays that include cytokine ELISA, cell stimulation, magnetic bead separations.
  • Collate and analyze data, using software programs such as excel or prism, and generate graphical representations of data; participate in generation of reports and manuscripts.
  • Interact orally and in writing with clinical investigators with a service mentality; answer questions regarding RTS studies; participate in pricing, study set up, and result dissemination, collection and return of specimens.
  • Make reagents, maintain equipment and inventories of supplies and samples, and order supplies as needed.

Communication and Teambuilding
  • Promote and contribute to the development of teamwork in the service and working relationships between the laboratory and other departments.
  • Form productive working relationships with co-workers.  Communicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis.
  • Act as role model/mentor to new students and research technicians.
  • 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 group professionally.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in immunology or related field, and up to 1 year of relevant laboratory research experience.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.

Additional Requirements:
  • Ability to perform meticulous manual tasks and to use good sterile technique.
  • Highly organized and have a knowledge of laboratory working environments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively within an established team environment and with external clients both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent computer, organizational, and record keeping skills.

  • Experience in preparation of PBMC, tissue culture, and flow cytometry.
  • Knowledge of clinical laboratory testing and/or immunology.
  • Knowledge of UW procedures (ordering, etc).

This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment.  As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

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