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Research Scientist / Engineer 2

University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on August 29, 2019
Req #: 170320
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 07/29/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 

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.

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The Research Scientist/Engineer 2 (RSE2) will conduct genetic and molecular experiments using fruit flies to explore the mechanisms by which mutations in the GBA1 gene result in neurodegeneration. The RSE2 will be required to perform experiments aimed at identifying novel factors that influence the phenotypes of GBA1 mutants. Although some of the work will involve actual experimentation, most of the work will involve data analysis. In addition, the position will require routine tasks to ensure the efficient operation of the laboratory.

Duties & Responsibilities
Design and Execute Experiments
  • Design and execute experiments aimed at the identification of novel factors that influence the phenotypes of GBA1 mutants.
  • Design and perform standard genetic experiments using Drosophila melanogaster and use established bioinformatics tools to derive meaning from large proteomic and genomic datasets.
  • Contribute to research project advancement and documentation
  • Aid in the development of new experimental methods and assist laboratory co-workers and PI in meeting long-term scientific goals.
  • Contribute to manuscripts.
  • Order supplies that are routinely used by lab personnel.
  • Attend to stock and reagent requests.
  • Hire, train and supervise undergraduate workers that perform necessary tasks, including buffer preparation, autoclaving, and fly food production.
  • Other duties as required.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    Supervise, monitor and train lab members on protocols and experiments. Maintain supplies and chemical safety.

  • Bachelors degree in Biology, Genetics, or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years experience working in Drosophila melanogaster in a laboratory setting utilizing molecular biology protocols (e.g., western blotting, PCR, sequencing, cloning, etc.).
  • Expertise in navigating bioinformatics websites, including Flybase and NCBI websites.
  • Highly organized and detailed oriented with the ability to follow comprehensive protocols and laboratory record keeping.
  • Ability to work as part of a research team in the advancement of state-of-the-art research in proteomics.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ambition to produce internationally recognized research.
  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Masters degree or PhD with five or more years experience working with Drosophila melanogaster.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

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