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University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 179287
Department: NEPHROLOGY
Job Location: South Lake Union
Posting Date: 05/19/2020 
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 Freedman Lab in the Division of Nephrology is seeking a Research Scientist to initiate a project using human pluripotent stem cells to develop new treatments for kidney disease, under the general guidance/supervision of Assistant Professor Benjamin Freedman. The Research Scientist will combine stem cell culture and differentiation with bioengineering, microfluidics, and pre-clinical animal models to build next-generation models of human kidney regeneration and disease.  This position will be responsible for contributing to preparation of reports, papers, presentations and new proposals.  He/she will contribute to positive colleague and investigator relationships through interactions on current grants. The successful applicant will also assist Dr. Freedman with mentoring of trainees.

Experimental duties include:

Cell culture daily differentiation and maintenance of human pluripotent stem cells
Microscopy immunofluorescence, confocal, wide-field, live cell
Microfluidics bioengineering, device preparation, input/output bioanalysis
Genome editing guide RNA construction, transfection, screening
Drug discovery design and execution of high throughput screening assays
Biochemistry and molecular biology qPCR, electrophoresis, immunoblotting, cloning
Computing and analysis Illustrator, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, ImageJ, HTML
Documentation daily record of work performed in files and laboratory notebook


  • Contribute data and ideas for new projects
  • Drafting of new grants with minimal supervision
  • Preparation of primary research manuscripts with minimal supervision
  • Writing invited manuscripts
  • Assist in seeking/acquiring additional funding
  • Manage relationships with grants sponsors and progress reports

    Animal care includes:

  • Data collection/maintenance management for rodent colony
  • Updating and ensuring compliance with animal welfare protocols
  • Oversight of junior trainees working in the animal facility
  • Demonstration and training of surgeries
  • Developing new animal protocols

    Lab duties:

  • Mentor research trainees and undergraduates; contribute to improvements in efficiency
  • Orient/train new staff
  • Manage projects of moderate size and scope
  • Assemble and organize research teams
  • Lead projects or project tasks toward research objectives
  • Inventory management for reagents/orders/cells; track expenses
  • Ensure compliance with lab regulations and completion of corresponding paperwork

    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, bioengineering, biophysics or related field and at least four years of  experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Cell culture skills and experience; strong computer skills including Excel, statistical and/or graphical software (ex. Adobe Illustrator, ImageJ, Powerpoint); excellent organizational and communication skills; ability to manage diverse tasks; flexibility in work hours; a thirst for scientific knowledge and progress; comfort working with animal model; and a high degree of integrity.

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


  • PhD in related field.
  • Experience with human pluripotent stem cells, high throughput screening, genome editing (CRISPR/Cas9), or rodent microsurgery.


    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: 2020-05-21 Expires: 2020-06-20

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