Research Coordinator

University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences
Job Location
Seattle, WA
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Job Description

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.

The University of Washington Center for Mendelian Genomics (UW-CMG) and NW Genomics Center (NWGC) are focused on discovering human genetic variation that causes common and rare diseases, including cardiovascular, lung, and blood disorders.

The Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Coordinator. The Research Coordinator will oversee projects in the sequencing pipeline from sample intake through data generation/release in a high-throughput genomics laboratory. The Research Coordinator will coordinate project execution with client investigators, and requires a unique combination of technical skills in genomics and exceptional project management skills. Technical and operational skills are critical to ensuring large scale production sequencing projects are delivered within tight deadlines and with high data quality. This is a high visibility position that requires strong communication and interpersonal skills. This position will provide regular status updates on a project basis and assist in the preparation of quarterly reports.

 Core responsibilities include the following:

60% Monitor Projects in Lab Pipeline

  • Track samples throughout the lab pipeline to ensure projects are progressing in a timely manner to meet deadlines
  • Follow-up with production team on problem resolution, timelines and project planning
  • Create weekly progress reports for production meeting
  • Field investigator inquiries regarding project statuses
  • Prepare quarterly reports for Program Managers and present progress at meetings
  • Perform quality control on next-generation (Illumina) sequencing data
  • Identify and resolve problematic samples and production issues
  • Create final data reports and direct the release of finished projects

20% Project Initiation

  • Act as point of contact for sample receipt and address investigator questions regarding the submission process
  • Attend project kick-off meetings
  • Receive detailed sample information from investigators and input the data into LIMS
  • Collate all project-specific instructions and relay pertinent information to appropriate production teams   

10% Project QC Follow-up

  • Format and send QC reports to investigators
  • Collect replacement samples as needed

10% Other Tasks as Needed

  • Collect information for grant proposals, presentations, and meetings
  • Field requests and inquiries from investigators and collaborators, sometimes many months after a project has been completed
  • Maintain project records in REDCap database
  • Summarize billing information

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering, or related field.

  • 3+ years experience in scientific research and project management
  • Experience working in a high throughput genotyping and next-generation sequencing laboratory
  • Outstanding communication skills with the ability to interact with senior level researchers
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and execute on multiple project timelines
  • Experience with Linux operating system and running shell scripts
  • Knowledge of laboratory information managements systems (LIMS), especially Genologics Clarity LIMS, REDCap or other –omics specific system
  • Experience in providing quality control of next-generation data for release to other researchers and public databases
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art methods for next-gen sequencing (i.e. DNA and RNA sequencing by extension on the Illumina HiSeq platform) and genotyping
  • Attention to detail and good organizational skills
  • Ability to summarize information in the form of summary reports, spreadsheets, and data tables

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s in Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering or related field
How to Apply

For more information and to apply please see our full position announcement on the University of Washington employment website:

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

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