The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department currently employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. 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 enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
UW Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Engineer 3. The person in this role will:
Develop and validate new assays for diagnostic needs and research protocols.
Adopt new, unique procedures and technologies, which are not standardized, to fulfill the needs of individual studies.
Perform different technologies on different types of study samples according to the study needs, analyze the experimental results and determine the follow-up experiments.
Perform and improve procedures of the technologies currently used in the lab, including real-time PCR, digital droplet PCR, real-time RT-PCR, digital droplet RT-PCR, PCR-cloning, PCR-sequencing, in situ hybridization, gene expression, cell culture and general immunology testing.
Maintain the complete and accurate records and document all the changes
Write up and update the standard operating procedures for laboratory personal to follow.
Write up study plans for different studies for laboratory personal to follow
Perform document laboratory standard operating procedures.
Performs assays accurately, precisely, track the progress of studies and make sure all the deadlines are met.
Conduct data analysis and interpretation for grant submission and publication.
Accommodate schedule changes to cooperatively accomplish required daily work.
Ability to continue co-workers’ experiments and take over the responsibility.
Participate in all laboratory maintenance and inventory duties.
Conduct literature search and review to determine research methods and project planning.
Initiates and manages moderate size projects and communicate with outside PIs and supervisor regarding study project progress and make recommendations for improvements.
Provide cross-check of co-workers’ results and data entry to ensure the integrity of the data set.
Follow the QA/QC policies and report all operation deviations.
Perform computer security updates as required on the networked lab computers.
Train newly hired employees and students.
Directs/monitors the work of staff so as to achieve optimum productivity or enhance quality (as applicable).
Delegates work when appropriate; consults with supervisor regarding department workload management when necessary.
Perform other duties as required.
Requirements: Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology or related field and three to five years in related area or equivalent combination of education/experience.
Experience in primer/probe design for PCR, collaborative project design, and understanding of basic viral biology.
Strong written and communication skills.
Ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot.
Highly organized and have a knowledge of laboratory working environments.
Previous experience in PCR and droplet digital PCR.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.