1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 183754
Job Location: Health Sciences Center
Posting Date: 01/25/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 

Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Shift: First Shift 
Notes: The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Click here for updates

Onsite work in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

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. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

We seek a scientist with strong leadership skills to direct our mutational scanning efforts and experiments within the Advanced Technology Lab.

Background on University of Washington, the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, and the Advanced Technology Laboratory:

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations 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, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine (BBI) is looking for a candidate to fill a unique scientist position at the intersection of genomic technology development and medicine. The institute bridges the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Childrens Hospital. The BBI Advanced Technology Lab, is the only physical lab at the institute, it is co-directed by Lea Starita and Jay Shendure at the University of Washington. The mission of Advanced Technology is to make cutting-edge -omics technologies, including many developed by labs at the member institutions, broadly available to the institutes research community. A major roadblock in fully realizing the potential of precision medicine is our lack of ability to understand the effect of genetic variants identified by genetic testing. The Advanced Technology lab will bring mutational scanning methods to production scale to increase the availability of functional data to inform variant interpretation.

The Advanced Technology lab has a large budget and broad institutional support which will help us achieve maximum success. Building this lab, completing the mutational scanning projects and enabling the community to perform mutational scans will have an immediate and powerful impact on the practice of precision medicine. This is especially so because of the placement of the BBI at the intersection between research labs and the clinic. Your contributions will be recognized not only in Seattle by the BBI community but nationally and internationally, as you will have ample opportunities to lead publications as well as to attend/present at conferences. We anticipate this role has growth potential analogous to that of Institute Scientists at the Broad Institute (Broad Institute), many of whom are well recognized leaders in their field.


Under the direction of Drs. Jay Shendure and Lea Starita, the Director of Mutational Scanning will manage all aspects of mutational scanning efforts. The scientist should have experience in molecular biology and genomics, experience with large-scale efforts would be a plus.

The Advanced Technology Lab will continue to optimize and offer services based on technologies developed by institute labs in Genome Sciences and elsewhere. The candidate will also work with the other more clinically focused platforms at the Brotman Baty Institute to aid in translating the methods from the Advanced Technology lab into the clinic. The candidate will have the ability to shape the goals and culture of the lab. A portion of your time will also be reserved for the development of new, related technologies.

You would participate in Shendure lab and Center for Multiplexed Assessment of Phenotype (CMAP) meetings and functions to help build community and communications between the Advanced Technology lab and those groups. The Shendure lab and CMAP together are full of very smart, helpful and fun individuals with unique and diverse scientific strengths.

Scientific Operations (50%):

Develop, optimize, and implement mutational scanning experiments and assays:
      o Increase scale of mutational scanning experiments
      o Adapt workflows to automation
Engineer saturation genome editing and other mutational scanning methods to make them more amenable to production and automation.
Oversee the production of reagents for mutational scanning that will be available to the community for a fee, including barcoded variant libraries and saturation genome editing reagents.

Scientific Project Management (50%):

Oversee technicians working on saturation genome editing and mutational scanning production projects, experiments, and data analysis.
Develop and oversee a production schedule.
Manage ongoing collaborations and experiments using project management tools such as Trello
Oversee the development of a more robust and extensible data analysis pipeline for saturation genome editing.
Consult with collaborating labs in the BBI community on best-practices for designing mutational scanning experiments.
Attend Shendure lab, BAT-lab huddles, and CMAP meetings and functions
Communicate results and progress reports directly to Lea Starita and Jay Shendure.
Communicate results more broadly at scientific conferences and symposia.

Requirements include:

       M.S degree in molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
       4 years of experience in functional genomics or high-throughput methods.
       Candidate should have an outstanding academic and professional track record.
       Some managerial experience, or at least a strong interest and willingness to learn.
       Candidate should be an innovative and analytical thinker with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Must be highly disciplined and organized.
       Successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and enthusiastic about taking a hands-on approach to collaborative scientific discovery efforts.

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


       Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics or related discipline with significant experience in high-throughput functional genomic research
        3+ years post-doctoral experience in functional genomics.
        Significant managerial and mentoring experience.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

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 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.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


Posted: 2020-10-20 Expires: 2021-03-27

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