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The Swisher Lab has an amazing opportunity for a Research Scientist Assistant. The Swisher Lab is an ovarian cancer research lab within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington. We are a collaborative lab that works with multiple labs and institutions in the UW area as well as worldwide with the prime objective of studying the genetics and prevention of ovarian cancer. The Department of Ob/Gyn and the Swisher Lab are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community (see https://obgyn.uw.edu/diversity/diversity). We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment.
Specific duties & responsibilities • Process and organize specimens; extract and purify nucleic acids from blood and tissue (FFPE, frozen) • Assist in the preparation of targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) libraries • Perform a variety of assays to identify molecular changes in ovarian cancer, such as PCR, nucleic acid purification, methylation assays, and other molecular protocols • Assist in day-to-day laboratory upkeep by maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies • Enter data and maintain lab databases • Analyze data results and develop explanations • Troubleshoot difficulties with assays and protocols • Maintain chemical inventory, manage hazardous waste, and arrange for disposal • Order supplies, renew service contracts, monitor inventory, and receive and store supplies as they arrive • Maintain freezers, refrigerators, water baths, and incubators. Monitor temperatures. • Prepare and process samples for shipment and/or testing • Locate missing specimens and samples • Perform related duties as required
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS • Bachelor’s degree in biological science or related field or equivalent in education and experience • Three months' experience in a laboratory environment
Additional Requirements: • Good verbal and written communication skills • Good organizational and interpersonal skills • Ability to organize and prioritize workload; use efficient workflow process • Ability to work in a team environment • Competency with Microsoft Office applications (OneNote, Excel, Teams, OneDrive) • Organization skills, ability to work with others, maintain meticulous electronic laboratory notebook, and experience in laboratory protocols • Active participation in lab meetings and project planning sessions • Time/project management skills • Perform repetitive tasks with complete attention to procedural detail
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED REQUIREMENTS One year of laboratory research experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT • Able to work flexible hours to accommodate experiments and activities that have fixed times • Able to handle specimens at cold temperatures (-80°C) using gloves • Occasionally stoop for objects on the floor and reach for objects on top shelves • Walk back and forth between lab locations on campus and occasionally take the shuttle to off-campus sites like Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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