The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine and pathology. The department now 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 enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
Our Laboratory Medicine and Pathology department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, 100% FTE, RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 1 to join the team. Under general supervision, perform technical procedures in a virology laboratory including but not limited to droplet digital PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, next-generation sequencing and tissue, plasma, and FFPE DNA and RNA extractions on biological samples. Handle tissue specimen for cryo-storage and prepare tissue sections for Immunohistochemistry analysis. Report the results, and organize documents and keep records.
The major duties and responsibilities include performing sample prep and digital and quantitative PCR assays for the viruses outlined above as well as assisting with troubleshooting with existing assays and methodological development of new assays in order to study digital PCR and other nucleic acid amplification technology in molecular virology diagnostics.
Under general supervision, perform experiments according to documented protocols;
Under general supervision, perform scientific investigative procedures such as clinical validation of the techniques outlined above through interpretation of the results – notify supervisor or senior lab members if results are not agreeable with experimental goals;
Assist in troubleshooting problems that arise in research protocols and making necessary modifications;
Assist supervisor and/or senior lab members in developing techniques including multiplex PCR, next-generation sequencing library preparation, and novel digital PCR tests;
Participate in writing reports about new assay development and continuing data collection and interpretation; participate in presentations to peers and supervisor both at formal lab meetings and informal meetings with colleagues;
Operate and maintain necessary instruments utilized in scientific studies of laboratory experiments, including PCR thermocyclers, qPCR instruments, RNA/DNA fragment bioanalyzer, gel electrophoresis apparati, droplet generator, droplet reader and their associated computers;
Maintain detailed lab records;
Update specimen inventory;
Inventory reagents and supplies;
General lab cleaning and maintenance;
Conduct literature reviews and background searches to assist in determining research methods and project planning;
Operate ancillary equipment such as computers, printers, etc.;
Perform related duties as required;
Attend and participate in lab meetings.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or related field, AND One year of experience in a related area.
Good laboratory practice (GLP) skills.
Experience with Excel and Word for data entry and data analyses.
This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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.