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 full-time, day shift position for a Research Scientist 1. Under general supervision, perform technical procedures in a virology research laboratory including but not limited to PCR, qPCR, next-generation sequencing (NGS), DNA and RNA extractions on biological samples, cell culture, and cloning. Report the results, organize documents and keep records. The position's major duties and responsibilities include performing cell culture and viral culture to characterize function of viral non-structural genes, as well as assisting with troubleshooting with existing assays and methodological development of new assays.
Under general supervision, perform experiments according to documented protocols
Under general supervision, perform scientific investigative procedures such as clinical validation of the techniques outlined above through interpretation of the results – notify supervisor or senior lab members if results are not agreeable with experimental goals
Assist in troubleshooting problems that arise in research protocols and report problems to the Research Senior Scientist
Assist supervisor and/or senior lab members in developing techniques including multiplex PCR, next-generation sequencing library preparation, and novel digital PCR tests
Participate in writing reports about new assay development and continuing data collection and interpretation; participate in presentations to peers and supervisor both at formal lab meetings and informal meetings with colleagues
Operate and maintain necessary instruments utilized in scientific studies of laboratory experiments, including PCR thermocyclers, qPCR instruments, RNA/DNA fragment bioanalyzer, gel electrophoresis apparati, 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 and project planning
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 related field. AND One year of experience in a related area.
Good laboratory practice (GLP) skills.
Experience with Excel and Word for data entry and data analyses
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
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.