1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 171042
Job Location: Other Location
Job Location Detail: 1616 Eastlake  
Posting Date: 01/14/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

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 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 and natural beauty.

The Laboratory Medicine department has an outstanding opportunity for a FULL-TIME (100%) RESEARCH SCIENTIST 2. The Research Scientist 2 in the Virology Laboratory supports research looking at viral shedding, drug efficacy, detection of drug resistance mutations, chromosomal viral insertion by sequencing, multiple viral infections, and viral genome sequencing fields. Responsibilities include validation and implementation of viral genetic diagnostic tests for clinical research studies, participation in the creation and implementation of new procedures and draft standard operation procedures, and scientific data archiving.  The employee will be expected to attend and participate in lab meetings.   
General Duties:
  • Independently execute documented protocols for quantitative viral detection on research and clinical specimens;
  • Perform molecular procedures including but not limited to real-time PCR, sanger sequencing, PCR product detection DNA sequencing and next generation sequencing;
  • Prepare chemical, DNA, and RNA reagents used in laboratory assays;
  • Identifies testing problems; leads the development of the solution under the guidance of the Senior Scientist;
  • Engage in developing novel assays, modifying and refining procedures and techniques to obtain optimal results;
  • Present and update research progress at lab meeting or joined group settings;
  • Optimize protocols and trouble shoot experiments are necessary to generate relevant data and improve data quality;
  • Assist in identifying research project goals;  initiates small to moderate size program/projects; work is organized and prioritized appropriately;
  • Assignments and projects are completed within specified time frame; deadlines are consistently met;
  • Leads projects of a small to moderate size and scope; makes substantial contributions to determining feasibility of goals and objectives;
  • Trains and monitors new employees and guest technicians in experimental procedures and assays, laboratory safety and database maintenance;
  • Coordinates gatekeeper responsibilities for sample repository;
  • Performs work accurately, precisely and meets test completion deadlines.  Accommodates schedule changes to cooperatively accomplish required daily work;
  • Contributes data and analyses for grant submissions and assists in the preparation of publications and presentations;
  • Analyzes issues and projects thoroughly, considers all factors; obtains and uses resources as necessary;
  • Maintains, complete, accurate, legible records.  Thoroughly documents any modifications;
  • Provides ongoing feedback; identifies development opportunities and actively solicits collaborative projects with other research scientists;
  • Perform Other Duties As Required.

Education requirement, minimum:  Bachelors in Life Science (including biology, microbiology, zoology, etc.,), AND 2-3 years of working experience in molecular biology related fields.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.

  • Experience with PCR testing methods and sequencing technologies;
  • Good laboratory practice (GLP) skills.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather.
  • Must be able to meet with all shifts on a regular basis.
  • May work weekends and holidays.
  • May be asked to work hours beyond normal open hours of the laboratory depending on staffing needs and current testing requirements.

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.

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 equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-13

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