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RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 1 - SHAH LAB
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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 Medicine: Allergy and Infectious Diseases has an outstanding opportunity for Research Scientist/Engineer 1 - Shah Lab to join their team.

Field of Research:
Current projects are focused on the innate immune response to tuberculosis and leprosy. The goal of this research is to identify immune mechanisms that make certain populations more or less susceptible to severe disease phenotypes than others.

Purpose of Research:
This project will support work on understanding immune pathology during long-term COVID-19 infection.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the guidance and mentorship of the Principal Investigator and more senior Research Scientists, major responsibility areas include:
  • Performing flow cytometry and immune studies on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells to support VA cooperative studies programs to understand COVID-19 pathogenesis (50%).
  • Performing RNA extraction on human samples as part of the Immune Tolerance Network (50%).
    The position includes a high degree of collaborative interaction.  There is extensive interaction with others in the lab and it requires working closely with postdoctoral fellows on their research projects.

    Research Sponsors/Stakeholders:
    NIH, Veterans Affairs.


    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, or related field.
  • Up to one year of experience in a related research environment.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Knowledge of scientific discipline and applicable techniques and procedures used in a research lab setting.
  • Knowledge of patient safety according to the assigned department.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of media preparation and sterile techniques.
  • Knowledge of software applications, proficiency using MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & Access), and ability to learn new software programs.
  • Knowledge of DNA analysis software and related computer techniques.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good laboratory techniques and record keeping skills.
  • Good organization skills, including attention to detail.
  • Data collection, analysis and summary skills.
  • Good written and communication skills.
  • Able to read English and follow both verbal and written instructions.

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Research experience with sterile tissue culture techniques.
  • Research experience with ELISAs, neutralizing antibody assays.
  • Virology research experience.
  • Research experience with real-time PCR and traditional PCR techniques.
  • Research experience with use of sequencing analysis software.
  • Research assay development experience.

    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.