University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on July 8, 2020
Req #: 179762
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake
Posting Date: 06/08/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.  
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: Conditions of Employment:
  • 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/Engineer 2 (RS2).   The person in this role will serve as a Research Scientist 2 in the Virology Laboratory to support research looking at viral replication, viral-host protein-protein interactions, drug efficacy, viral evolution, and viral genome sequencing fields. Responsibilities include laboratory organization, wet-lab experiments, data analysis, participation in the creation and implementation of new procedures and draft standard operation procedures, and scientific data archiving.  The employee will be expected to attend and participate in lab meetings.

General Duties:
  • Perform molecular procedures including but not limited to real-time PCR, sanger sequencing, PCR product detection DNA sequencing and next generation sequencing
  • Sequencing and proteomic analysis
  • Develop and maintain next-generation sequencing data analysis pipelines
  • Manage the storage and organize sequencing data using both commercial and open source software
  • Analyze (sequence database search, alignment, assembly, taxonomic classification, SNP analysis), visualize, and report biological sequence data
  • Independently execute documented protocols for quantitative viral detection on research and clinical specimens
  • Prepare chemical, DNA, and RNA reagents used in laboratory assays
  • Engage in developing novel assays, modifying and refining procedures and techniques to obtain optimal results
  • Optimize protocols and troubleshoot experiments are necessary to generate relevant data and improve data quality
  • Organization of laboratory including chemical and biological safety, ordering, and processing orders
  • Assist in identifying research project goals; initiates small to moderate size program/projects; work is organized and prioritized appropriately
  • Lead projects of a small to moderate size and scope; makes substantial contributions to determining feasibility of goals and objectives
  • Train and monitor new employees and guest technicians in experimental procedures and assays, laboratory safety and database maintenance
  • Coordinate sample repository
  • Perform work accurately, precisely and meets test completion deadlines 
  • Accommodate schedule changes to cooperatively accomplish required daily work
  • Contribute data and analyses for grant submissions and assist in the preparation of publications and presentations;
  • Writing and editing manuscripts
  • Present and update research progress at lab meeting or joined group settings
  • Analyze issues and projects thoroughly, considers all factors; obtains and uses resources as necessary
  • Maintain, complete, accurate, legible records.  Thoroughly document any modifications
  • Provide ongoing feedback; identifies development opportunities and actively solicits collaborative projects with other research scientists
  • Perform other duties as required.

Bachelor’s degree in in Life Science (including biology, microbiology, zoology, etc.,), AND 2-3 years of working experience in molecular biology related fields.

  • Experience with PCR testing methods and sequencing technologies
  • Experience with Python programming
  • Computer skills with Unix and Linux
  • Good laboratory practice (GLP) skills

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