1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 173595
Job Location: South Lake Union
Posting Date: 10/28/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 

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. 

The Division of Dermatology in the Department of Medicine an ATR / DNA damage and immunogenic cell death project for which we need a full-time Research Scientist. The Research Scientist will provide consistent and ongoing technical / wet laboratory support as well as intellectual input for this project.

The UW School of Medicine, Division of Dermatology has an opening for a Research Scientist / Engineer 2 in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Nghiem. The Nghiem Lab (UW Medicine South Lake Union) is a moderately sized, diverse lab with basic, translational, and clinical research projects. A major focus for the lab is Merkel cell carcinoma, an uncommon but frequently lethal skin cancer associated with immune suppression, UV exposure, and the Merkel cell polyomavirus (see www.merkelcell.org). Due to our location in South Lake Union, there is opportunity for participation in the fast paced and exciting immunotherapy research community thriving in the area.

Under the direction of the PI and senior laboratory scientists, the successful candidate will expand the knowledge of developing a potential new therapy for skin cancer by utilizing our unique Merkel cell carcinoma specimen repository that includes fresh tumor tissue, preserved tumor tissue, blood and serum in combination with patient outcomes and clinical information.

This position requires a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual who is eager to engage with a multi-disciplinary team in basic and translational research. We believe this position will serve as superb training in translational research and tumor immunology. There are opportunities for direct patient interaction & patient samples will be associated with outcomes/molecular studies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with laboratory equipment and standard protocols following safety measures
  • Work independently on project aims and provide assistance to other lab members with their ongoing projects
  • Work with sterile, aseptic technique for cell culture of both primary human cells and immortalized cell lines
  • Perform drug dose optimization assays on human cell lines
  • Analyze cellular response to measured treatments by flow cytometry and ELISA assay
  • Analyze and prepare data in graphs and figures for contribution to manuscripts for publication, as well as grant applications
  • Work with mice, performing routine subcutaneous administration of new therapies
  • Follow up of tumor growth/regression in injected or treated mice

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


  • Bachelors degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or related Life Sciences field plus 2 years of experience working in a laboratory setting

    Additional Requirements:
  • Experience and knowledge of the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures required for working in a research laboratory
  • Able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Willing to learn new techniques
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail

    Specific knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job satisfactorily include:
  • Must be familiar with common laboratory equipment, protocols and safety measures
  • Must have previous experience leading a research project or having a considerable intellectual contribution to a shared project
  • Experience with sterile, aseptic techniques for cell culture of both primary human cells and immortalized cell lines
  • Experience with cell proliferation and cell death assays

    Knowledge, skills and abilities that are desirable, providing for an enhanced level of job performance include:
  • Proficiency with immunological techniques including flow cytometry, ELISA and ELISPOT is a plus

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


    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 assessments may include Workforce 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.
  • 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: 2020-02-02

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