Research Scientist/Engineer 2 (Temporary)

University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on July 11, 2020
Req #: 179843
Department: Pathology
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 06/10/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

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 enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

The University of Washington’s Department of Pathology is a broad and dynamic department that strives for a consistent level of high achievement in all of its activities. The Department offers full diagnostic services in all areas of Pathology, is a top ranked research organization as measured by research awards from the National Institutes of Health, and offers an array of specialized educational training programs.

UW Medicine Pathology brings together state-of-the-art technology and highly trained, world renowned personnel to provide comprehensive diagnostic and personalized service to physicians, community hospitals, independent laboratories, and other health care organizations. Our operations are based at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, South Lake Union, Northwest Hospital and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Pathology faculty members also serve at Seattle Children's Hospital, the Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Healthcare System, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. These collaborative efforts have generated innovative, translational studies in the basic mechanisms of disease as they apply to diagnostic pathology.

The Rabinovitch Laboratory in the Department of Pathology on the main campus at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary (.75 FTE) Research Scientist/Engineer 2.  Working under the oversight of the principal investigator, this position will perform laboratory experiments, data analysis, and assist in preparing reports. This position is funded for 1 year with the potential for longer term support as funding permits.

The Research Scientist / Engineer (RSE) will report to, and work closely with, Dr. Sweetwyne, a senior co-investigator in the lab, but will be expected to work independently on research and development of projects focusing on the cellular mechanisms of renal damage and regeneration in the context of aging. The RSE will devise and troubleshoot protocols, generate and interpret data, and propose next steps for the development of the project. In the course of this work the RSE will assume responsibility for coordinating work with outside collaborating research partners as well as collaborating with other members of the lab as needed. The RSE will present their research progress at lab meetings and assist the PI in data analyses as relevant for the project and carry out project-specific literature searches and analyses, and manuscript and/or proposal writing.

Specific research activities will include but will not be limited to:
• Primary cell culture (mouse, human) in 2D and 3D formats
• Interacting with human subject volunteers for sample collections
• FACS live cell sorting
• Protein expression analysis by Western blotting, ELISA
• Immunohistochemistry and/or immunocytochemistry
• Sample preparation for MassSpec proteomics and single cell transcriptomics
• Fluorescent microscopy, image acquisition (confocal/brightfield) and analysis
• Animal work (Biological sample collection, genotyping, some limited animal husbandry)

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology or related field with 3 or more years’ experience or equivalent combination of educational, postdoctoral and research staff experience in human/animal models of molecular and cellular biology.
• Established record of independent execution of research projects.
• Proven experience with sterile tissue culture and in at least 4 of the key activities listed above.

Desired: Master’s degree preferred. Strong skills in organization, ability to clearly communicate and trouble shoot results and comfort with some degree of protocol development. Collaborative team player. Experience working in the fields of either Kidney Biology or the Biology of Aging is not required but will be considered a plus.

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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.

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