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Research Scientist/Engineer 1 (6-12 Month Project) - Giacani Lab
University of Washington
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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, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

The Department of Medicine's Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Research Scientist/Engineer 1.

The Research Scientist/Engineer 1 will perform laboratory research work in support of studies on syphilis vaccine discovery and T. pallidum transcriptomics. The overall goal of the research is to find new vaccine candidates for syphilis, and to test existing vaccine candidates in the rabbit model of syphilis .

This position's funding is currently for 6 months with possible extension up to 12 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

•Expression of recombinant proteins and support the work to engineer new vaccine formulations (25%)
•Perform rabbit immunizations and monitoring after infections (25%)
•Maintain lab supplies and a very detailed lab notebook (20%)
•Train undergraduate students joining the lab (15%)
•Manage chemical inventories and ensure that the lab is in compliance with Environmental Health & Safety standards (15%)

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, or related field
- 3 months to 1 year experience in:

•Molecular biology techniques such as DNA isolation/manipulation, PCR, sequencing, electrophoresis. Western blot, ELISA, cloning, expression of recombinant proteins
•Good sterile technique and and the ability to perform tissue culture techniques and maintain cultures.
•Willingness to work with animal models (rabbits) and BSL2 organisms.
•Ability to prepare reagents, manage data and keep a very detailed notebook.
•A high level of motivation, good organizational skills and the ability to work as a member of a team.

Experience has substitute for educational requirement.

Desired Qualifications

•Previous work with Treponema pallidum
•Previous work with laboratory rabbits

Conditions of Employment
Frequent exposure to laboratory animals. Although animal handling requires the use of respirator/mask, people with a known allergy to rabbit fur are discouraged to apply.


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 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.