Research Scientist/Engineer 1 - Nickerson Lab

University of Washington - Genome Science
Job Location: 
University of Washington - Seattle, WA
Job Description: 

The Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 1 (RSE1). Core responsibilities include the following:

Carry out standard laboratory protocols for second-generation DNA sequencing

• Perform daily maintenance and quality-assurance protocols.
• Perform standard molecular biology protocols.
• Track workplace protocols and sample preparation using a laboratory information management system (LIMS).
• Operate robotic workstations using well-defined protocols.
• Work with laboratory team to efficiently process and track DNA samples.
• Perform routine assessment of data quality and assist with trouble-shooting and daily quality control of data.

Contribute to research project advancement

• Aid in the development of new experimental methods and assist laboratory co-workers and PI in meeting long-term scientific goals
The successful candidate will demonstrate organization, commitment, the ability to work alone and in complex teams, experience in laboratory protocols, and intermediate knowledge of DNA sequencing.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are encouraged to apply.


• Bachelors degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemical or Biological Engineering, Life Sciences, or related field.
• Minimum 1 year laboratory experience utilizing laboratory protocols.
• Intermediate knowledge of DNA sequencing methods.
• Highly organized and detailed oriented with the ability to follow comprehensive protocols and laboratory record keeping.
• Ability to work as part of a research team in the advancement of state-of-the-art research in next-generation sequencing.
• Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work independently
• Ambition to produce internationally recognized research
• Excellent communication skills

About Our Organization: 

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s 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 Department of Genome Sciences is comprised of 27 labs addressing leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches taking advantage of genomic information now available for a host of species. The Department of Genome Sciences is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and well-being.

Genome Sciences is a collaborative department supported by very different academic disciplines. We work with a multitude of Program Investigators (PIs) in departments both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has gone through significant expansion since its beginning in 2001 with annual grant expenditures doubling between FY08 and FY10 and federal awarding in FY10 of $44M. The department has 41 core training, teaching, and research faculty.