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RESEARCH SCIENTIST - ASSISTANT
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As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Department of Microbiology has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist – Assistant.

Our research is focused on elucidating the interactions of bacterial pathogens with their hosts. The Research Scientist - Assistant will perform a variety of routine tasks and is expected to solve well-defined problems using accepted and newly developed methods and techniques. The Research Scientist - Assistant will conduct experiments and tests in the field of microbiology and/or in microscopy technique development. This will include making measurements and recording data, which will be used in reports and publications. The Research Scientist - Assistant is also expected to participate in regular laboratory meetings and events.

Under general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Scientist-Assistant will perform experiments to understand how bacteria successfully colonize eukaryotic hosts and how the immune response effectively eliminates bacterial infections. The Research Scientist - Assistant will also assist the lab manager in maintaining the laboratory mouse colony.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary job functions are to perform laboratory procedures in the execution of specific research projects.  Experimental techniques to be performed will include:
•Basic molecular biology, including DNA preparation and PCR
•Basic microbiology to include growing bacteria, counting colonies, preparing culture media
•Culture of eukaryotic cell lines
•Perform experimental procedures on mice, including bacterial infection, cell/tissue isolation, and bleeding
•Help maintain a breeding colony of mice under specific-pathogen-free conditions, including weaning, ear tagging, genotyping, and updating the mouse census
•Multicolor flow cytometry
•Microscopy of bacteria and eukaryotic cells
•Organize and analyze research data
•Assist laboratory members with experiments
•Prepare laboratory reagents
•Restock laboratory supplies
•Participate in laboratory meetings
•Perform related duties as required


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
•Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, microbiology, or related field.
•At least six months of experience in one or more of these areas: laboratory mice, imaging, basic cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology, protein purification or flow cytometry.
•Excellent organizational, quantitative, computational and record keeping skills.
•Attention to detail.
•Ability to work within a team environment.
•Willingness to work with laboratory mice.
•Ability to work independently with minimal direction.

Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

DESIRED REQUIREMENTS
•One year or more of experience in at least one of these areas: laboratory mice, imaging, basic cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or flow cytometry.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.