Staff Scientist/Senior Staff Scientist

Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute
Job Location
Seattle, WA
Job Description

The Staff Scientist/Senior Staff Scientist will be involved in all current projects in the Galas laboratory and will provide support, guidance and mentoring to research personnel at all levels. While he/she will provide management support to a variety of projects, he/she will also initiate, manage and direct his/her own projects. The candidate should be an experienced scientist, an independent thinker capable of bringing to bear novel approaches to solve complex problems, and a leader capable of fostering innovation in others in a highly collaborative atmosphere. The position will report directly to Dr. Galas. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to: - Under the guidance of the laboratory head, work with research staff to determine and set priorities, solve problems, and proactively support project success. - Independently design and conduct experiments. - Analyze experimentally derived data and identify methodological problems, as necessary. - Distill experimental results into biologically relevant findings and communicate them to the research teams verbally and in writing. - Contribute to the preparation of grant proposals and research publications. - Contribute to and oversee the development and testing of measurement and analytical pipelines specific to the needs of a project. - Design novel strategies for high throughput molecular measurements, e.g., prepare samples and libraries for next-generation DNA and RNA sequencing. - Monitor new developments in molecular measurement technologies, e.g., sequencing technology to help maintain the Galas Lab at the forefront of sequencing-based analysis. - Provide training to technical staff, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in computational methods and next-gen sequencing, as needed.


The ideal candidate will have the following profile: - PhD in biological sciences with a minimum of four (4) years post-graduate experience; - Demonstrated ability to independently design, execute and draw conclusions from research programs; - Demonstrated success in collaborative research efforts; - Demonstrated interest in participating in wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary research; - Experience in applying systems and synthetic biology-based approaches to problem solving; - Demonstrated aptitude and success in cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with peers, staff, and collaborators to build and sustain a successful research program; - Demonstrated ability to contribute to the development of grant proposals to obtain extramural funding; - High level of commitment to translating research-generated insights into advances that improve the human condition.

How to Apply

Application materials must be submitted online at Interested candidates should submit the following: - A cover letter that addresses the criteria outlined under the Position Responsibilities and the Candidate Profile; - A summary (maximum of two pages) of research interests; - A curriculum vitae (listing only published or accepted papers); - Up to three relevant reprints; - A list (including email addresses) of three (or more) professional references. Applicants should be prepared to prove eligibility to be employed in this position in accordance with all applicable laws. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

About Our Organization

PNDRI is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute with a history of contributing scientific advances to improve health in a wide variety of disease areas, including diabetes and diabetes-related disorders. PNDRI is committed to building a culture that encourages originality, risk-taking, and interdisciplinary collaboration. PNDRI is also committed to translating scientific advances as quickly as possible through external partnerships with academia, other research institutes, and industry. PNDRI offers a flexible and supportive administrative environment, well-equipped laboratory facilities, and access to a vibrant research community in Seattle, WA.

NIH's Michael Lauer looks at the number of grants, their amount, and funding success rates at the agency for last year.

At Nature, Johns Hopkins' Gundula Bosch describes her graduate program that aims to get doctoral students thinking about the big picture.

Patricia Fara writes about childcare funding, and women in science and science history at NPR.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences researchers have visualized the career paths of former postdocs.