Salary is commensurate with education and experience
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The Department of Genome Sciences (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW SoM) and is comprised of 27 labs addressing leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches taking advantage of genomic information now available for a host of species. GS is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. Genome Sciences is a collaborative department supported by very different academic disciplines. We work with a multitude of Program Investigators (PIs) in departments both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has gone through significant expansion since its beginning in 2001 with annual grant awards of $43.1M in FY16. The department has 47 training, teaching, and research faculty.
The Department of Genome Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST 1. The Research Scientist/Engineer 1 will provide technical support to projects investigating the role of genomic structural variation in human disease and primate evolution for the Principal Investigator (PI), postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. This lab is involved in several different projects simultaneously. Techniques used will include DNA sequencing, genomic clone characterization, and gene/protein characterization.
This position will work in a prominent laboratory whose work impacts other researchers worldwide. High functionality will be reflected in even greater funding opportunities and enhancement of the reputation of the University as a biomedical research powerhouse.
Primary responsibilities will include:
Support single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing projects on the RSII instrument associated with the UW PacBio Cost Center, including library preparation, sequencer operation, data quality monitoring, and customer interaction duties (50-60% FTE)
Sample tracking and database maintenance
DNA and RNA isolation
Prepare samples and create libraries for sequencing, including PacBio, Illumina, and Sanger platforms
Perform routine analysis of data: assist with troubleshooting and daily quality control of data and assist researchers with data analysis, organization and interpretation, and experimental design
Operate and troubleshoot Illumina next-generation sequencing platforms, including HiSeq 2000, 2500, NextSeq 500, MiSeq
PCR amplification from genomic DNA samples
Handle bacterial and human cell cultures
Perform sequence analysis and phylogenetics
Contribute data for reports and publications
Provide status reports (twice monthly) to the PI
Perform related duties as required
Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or related Life Sciences field and two or more years related experience in molecular biology.
Experience with next-generation sequencing technologies
Experience and knowledge of the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures required for working in a genome laboratory.
Able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
Willing to learn new techniques.
Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently.
Excellent communication skills.
Exact attention to procedural detail.
Meticulous record-keeping skills.
Strong organizational abilities.
Must have basic computational skills to store, analyze, and present data using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Master's degree in Microbiology, Genetics or related Life Sciences field
PCR & qPCR for genotyping
DNA & RNA isolation
Expertise in ABI fluorescent and next-generation sequencing
Cell line maintenance
Background in sequence analysis and phylogenetics
Experience in team-focused work environment
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CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
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