University of Washington Medical Center - Seattle, WA (30+ days ago)4.2

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As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

The Department of Microbiology is one of the premier biological science departments in the country. The department has a national reputation for high quality teaching and an international reputation for excellence in research. Because of the revolution in biology that began in the 1970s, rapid advances in microbiology and the development of biotechnology have increased our understanding of all living systems. This has in large part been determined by studies of microorganisms. The research programs of the faculty in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington reflect exciting areas of modern microbiology. Our faculty span a broad range of interests including microbial ecology, physiology, virology, and microbial pathogenesis in both animal and plant systems. The members of our department are largely concerned with understanding the mechanisms by which organisms interact with one another and with their environment at the cellular and molecular levels. Because of the strong interdisciplinary nature of these interests, numerous collaborative efforts between our faculty and those in other science and medicine departments have developed.

The Department of Microbiology currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST ENGINEER ASSISTANT.

This position is identified to support Dr. Reniere's laboratory at the Department of Microbiology. The Research Scientist/Engineer - Assistant (RSA) will perform a variety of routine tasks and is expected to solve well-defined problems using accepted and newly developed methods and techniques. The RSA will conduct experiments and tests in the field of microbiology. This will include making measurements and recording data, which will be used in reports and publications. The RSA is also expected to participate in regular laboratory meetings and events.

Under general direction of the Principal Investigator, the RSA will manage laboratory supplies and perform experiments to understand how bacteria successfully colonize eukaryotic hosts.

The primary job functions are to perform laboratory procedures in the execution of specific research projects. Experimental techniques to be performed will include:

  • Basic molecular biology, including DNA preparation and PCR
  • Basic microbiology techniques, including transduction, conjugation, and growth analysis
  • Organize and analyze research data
  • Assist laboratory members with experiments
  • Prepare laboratory reagents
  • Restock laboratory supplies
  • Participate in laboratory meetings
  • Perform related duties as required

    Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, microbiology, or related field.
  • Excellent organizational, quantitative, computational, and record keeping skills.
  • Attention to detail, ability to work within a team environment, and ability to work independently.
  • At least six months of experience working in a laboratory.

    Desired Qualifications:
  • One year or more of experience working in a laboratory and experience with molecular biology and microbiology techniques.

    Application Process:
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    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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