Research Scientist Engineer 1, QC

University Of Washington Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 2 months ago

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 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 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 in FY19.

The Department of Genome Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST 1, QC.

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 sample receipt and Quality Control (QC) on various platforms

Perform standard molecular biology protocols

Works with laboratory information systems (LIMS) to log workflow data.

Develop and maintain precise laboratory protocols and records.

Work within a laboratory team environment to process and track DNA and RNA samples.

Implement quality-assurance protocols.

Perform routine assessment of data quality. Assist with trouble-shooting and daily quality control of data.

Attend Genome Sciences and University meetings, retreats, status updates, orientations and planning days when necessary.

Other tasks as needed

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Biology, Genetics/Biochemistry, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering, or other related Life Sciences field. 0 - 3 months related experience in a professional or academic laboratory setting.

Working knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, and/or chemistry

Experience with liquid handling systems, specifically, Perkin Elmer systems

Excellent technical skills at the bench

Excellent recording keeping

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.


Laboratory experience especially in a high-throughput genomics laboratory using standard molecular biology techniques in next-generation sequencing and manipulation, whether in a professional or academic setting

Working knowledge of library construction methods and next-generation sequencing technologies

Experience working in a CLIA-certified environment

Working Conditions:

Standard Lab Environment

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.

Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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