Research Scientist/Engineer Assistant

University of Washington - Genome Sciences Department
Job Location
Seattle, WA
Job Description

Requisition: #110914
Date Posted: 8/4/2014
Deadline to Apply: open until filled

The Department of Genome Sciences is currently recruiting for a Research Scientist/Engineer Assistant (RSE Asst.). The RSE Asst. will assist in research focused on chromatin structure and function in gene regulation and genomics methods and technology development. This entry-level position will require basic molecular and cellular biology techniques. The RSE Asst. will be involved in next-generation DNA sequencing, transcription activator-like element nuclease (TALEN) production, and extensive tissue culture work. The protocols used by the candidate are well established and the research will be overseen by senior members of the lab. The person in this role will receive extensive training in tissue culture techniques and will be expected to work with cultured mammalian (human and mouse) cells.

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 or related field.
• 3+ months related experience in genetics and/or molecular biology.
• Basic experience in some or all of the following laboratory techniques: making media and solution, molecular biology procedures, nucleic acid preparation, genetic manipulations such as cloning and transformation in bacterial and mammalian systems.
• Good aseptic technique.
• 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.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Exact attention to procedural detail.
• Meticulous record-keeping skills.
• Strong organizational abilities.
• Must have basic computational skills- MS Word, MS Excel and Google docs.

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 (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW SoM) and 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. GS 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 awards of $41.6 in FY13. The department has 47 training, teaching, and research faculty.

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