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Research Scientist/Engineer 2 - Northwest Genomics Center

University of Washington, Genome Sciences
Job Location
University of Washington, Department of Genome Sciences
3720 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
United States
Commensurate with experience
Job Description

The Department of Genome Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST ENGINEER 2.

Position Purpose:
The Research Scientist will conduct laboratory research focusing on the identification of DNA variation in human populations in a high-throughput genomics laboratory in the Department of Genome Sciences.  This position will requires expertise in molecular biology and genomics protocols and the ability to perform research and take responsibility for assuring quality, cost effectiveness and timeliness for large projects.

The Research Scientist will work under immediate supervision to meet project deadlines and complete assigned tasks by implementing well-established protocols and evaluating and developing new protocols. Weekly meetings are held to discuss project status.


  • Carry out laboratory protocols for next-generation DNA and RNA library preparation and sequencing on Illumina platforms.
  • Perform standard molecular biology protocols and assist in the development of new methods for DNA, RNA, and methylation analysis. 
  • Develop and maintain precise laboratory protocols and records.
  • Work within a laboratory team environment to process and track DNA and RNA samples.
  • Program and operate robotics stations for sample preparation.
  • Implement quality-assurance protocols.
  • Perform routine assessment of data quality. Assist with trouble-shooting and daily quality control of data.
  • Aid in the development of new experimental methods and assist laboratory co-workers and/or the PI in meeting long-term scientific goals.
  • Attend Genome Sciences and University meetings, retreats, status updates, orientations and planning days when necessary.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Genetics/Biochemistry, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering, or other related Life Sciences field and 2+ years experience in a high-throughput genomics laboratory using standard molecular biology techniques in next-generation DNA sequencing and manipulation.

  • Working knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, and/or chemistry
  • Experience in DNA and RNA library preparation
  • Experience working with next-generation sequencing technologies (various Illumina platforms)
  • Experience with liquid handling systems, specifically, Janus, Zepher, and Sciclones systems, including program development
  • Excellent technical skills at the bench
  • Excellent recording keeping and ability to refine and develop protocols
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must be highly organized with a strong attention to detail
  • Open to receiving direction and to asking for assistance when needed
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

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

    Desired Requirements:
  • Working knowledge of library construction methods and next-generation sequencing technologies
  • Experience working in a CLIA-certified environment
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The Department of Genome Sciences (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine and is comprised of 26 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. GS is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. 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 awards of $56M for FY19. The department has 47 training, teaching, and research faculty.

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