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RESEARCH SCIENTIST 1
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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 Crowder lab is looking for a Research Scientist specializing in molecular biology and genetics to join the lab to work on NIH-funded research aimed at identifying mechanisms that protect from hypoxic cellular injury. The majority of the work will be performing genetic and molecular biology based experiments in the widely-used C. elegans experimental model. The C. elegans model has been used by the Crowder lab and other labs around the world to find genes that are required for death or survival after hypoxic injury. These genes are candidate therapeutic targets for human diseases where hypoxia is a core feature, such as stroke and myocardial infarction. Research projects include discovering additional genes that control hypoxic death/survival and include developing a better understanding of how the already identified genes function in hypoxic injury. The Crowder works closely with adjacent van Gilst lab, which studies aging and hypoxic injury also in C. elegans.

Located within the Mitochondria and Metabolism Center on the South Lake Union campus, The Crowder lab is part of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. Research in the laboratory focuses on understanding mechanisms of hypoxic injury and in collaboration with our neighbor, the Van Gilst Lab, aging. Our research model of choice is C. elegans, though we may occasionally carry out experiments in yeast or in mammalian models.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Research Scientist 1 will perform and assist with research experiments involving the use of C. elegans, yeast, and/or mammalian models. This position will work under limited supervision and often in collaboration with other members of the lab.
•Perform routine maintenance and handling of C. elegans strains
•Assist with C. elegans mutagenic and drug screens
•Generation of complex genotypic strains
•Within scope of position, design and perform hypothesis-generating and hypothesis-testing experiments
•Perform molecular biology techniques such as DNA cloning, PCR, Western blots, DNA/RNA gel electrophoresis
•Assist with assay and protocol development
•Precisely and faithfully document methods, protocols, results, analyses, and conclusions
•Within scope of position, perform data analysis and present results to the lab, the PI, and assist with presentations to scientific meetings
•Assist with manuscript writing
•Ensure a safe and collegial working environment for yourself and others

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

•Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics or related field
•1 years’ experience in a laboratory setting
Specific knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job satisfactorily include:
•Prior experience working in a health sciences laboratory
•Knowledge and experience with laboratory practices and safety procedures
•Understanding and full and unwavering commitment to ethical research practices and desire to contribute to publishing enduring and impactful science
•Strong ability to think scientifically and perform sound experiments
•Ability to work as a member of a research team that includes a variety of personnel, including research collaborators, administrative staff and outside entities

Other Required Qualifications

•Ability to work with team as well as independently with general supervision;
•Strong ability to problem solve with attention to detail and creativity
•Strong ability to read and use the scientific literature to advance the projects
•Intellectual engagement with all of the projects in the lab and willingness to contribute ideas and constructive feedback to other lab members
•Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally
•Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft suite of products, particularly, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
•Some experience with data analysis and statistics
•Professional presentation of materials and oneself in all matters.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE

•Experience with molecular biology, genetic, and biochemistry research techniques
•Prior experience working with C. elegans and/or Drosophila is beneficial

Application Process:

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 Workforce 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.