The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine and pathology. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center 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 enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
Our LABORATORY MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT has an outstanding temporary full-time position for a day shift Research Scientist. 1 Under general supervision, perform technical procedures in a virology laboratory including but not limited to droplet digital PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, PCR sequencing, next-generation sequencing and tissue, plasma, and FFPE DNA and RNA extractions on biological samples. Perform laboratory established procedures to process and inventory biological samples. Report the results, and organize documents and keep records.
The position's major duties and responsibilities include performing sample prep and molecular assays for the viral genomic material detection and gene expression profile outlined above as well as assisting with troubleshooting with existing assays and methodological development of new assays.
Under general supervision, perform experiments according to established standard operation procedures, documented research protocols and study plans
Under general supervision, perform validation of the techniques– notify supervisor or senior lab members if results are not agreeable with experimental goals
Assist in troubleshooting problems that arise in research protocols and making necessary modifications
Assist supervisor and/or senior lab members in developing techniques including multiplex PCR, next-generation sequencing library preparation, and novel digital PCR tests
Compile data collection and results to be used in publications and presentations; participate in presentations to peers and supervisor both at formal lab meetings and informal meetings with colleagues
Prepare and QC reagents and reaction mixes
Operate and maintain necessary instruments utilized in scientific studies of laboratory experiments, including but not limited PCR thermocyclers, qPCR instruments, RNA/DNA fragment bioanalyzer, gel electrophoresis apparati, NGS sequencing machine, droplet generator, droplet reader and their associated computers
Maintain detailed lab records
Update specimen inventory
Inventory reagents and supplies
General lab cleaning and maintenance
Conduct literature reviews and background searches to assist in determining research methods
Operate ancillary equipment such as computers, printers, etc.
Perform related duties as required
Attend and participate in lab meetings
REQUIREMENTS Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, OR 1-3 years of relevant research/lab experience in a related field.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.
Experience in a molecular biology lab
Familiar with procedures in biological specimen handling, storage, and processing
Experience with PCR and sequencing (with computer programming ability to analyze sequencing data)
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.