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RESEARCH SCIENTIST ENGINEER ASSISTANT
University of Washington
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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 Chu Lab is involved in several clinical research studies focused on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and other infectious respiratory pathogens and is seeking a Research Scientist Assistant to assist with several ongoing projects. The Chu Lab, in collaboration with the Brotman Baty Institute and Kaiser Permanente Northwest, will be working on a multi-year, multi-site research study to provide routine COVID-19 testing to households in the Seattle and Portland metro area and investigate vaccine effectiveness. The Chu Lab is additionally working on a clinical research study aimed at investigating the human immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and deciphering the cause of post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC).

The Department of Medicine: Allergy and Infectious Diseases has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Engineer Assistant to join their team.

POSITION PURPOSE

The purpose of the Research Scientist Engineer Assistant position is to primarily assist with the collection, processing and testing of biological research samples derived from human subjects, including blood and nasal samples. The RSA will be directly supervised by the Program Manager and will work closely with other lab staff to execute this research program.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Main Duties & Responsibilities (90%):

  • Transport, process and organize human blood samples from study participants. This includes collection of plasma and sera as well as peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) processing by ficoll overlay (25% FTE).
  • Conduct experiments/tests including standard biochemical assays and technical procedures such as ELISAs and neutralizing antibody assays (25% FTE).
  • Maintain an up-to-date sample inventory and assist with sample shipments as necessary (20% FTE).
  • Contribute data/findings for reports, documents and presentations. This includes entering and maintaining findings from laboratory assays into the central data repository in REDCap (20%FTE).

    Other Duties & Responsibilities (10%)

  • Meet with team members to discuss study proceedings and research progress.
  • Assist in general maintenance of the laboratory and lab systems: prepare solutions, buffers, and reagents; clean glassware as needed for assays.
  • Work in coordination with team members to execute additional laboratory protocols as needed.
  • Collect, record and verify accuracy of data; organize data; perform calculations; prepare charts, graphs and reports.

    Research Sponsors/Stakeholders:

    NIH

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor's Degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, or related field
  • At least up to one year of experience in laboratory/research setting and/or experience with molecular biology and biochemistry techniques.

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

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to adhere to institutional review board (IRB) regulations related to studies of human subjects.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of sterile techniques
  • Excellent organizational and recordkeeping skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Works well in fast paced environments
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous research experience handling human samples
  • Previous research experience with ELISAs, neutralizing antibody assays and PBMC isolation
  • Experience with REDCap

    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.