Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The Chu Lab is searching for a new Research Scientist/Engineer 2 in the field of virology and immunology. The purpose of this project is to assist in defining virologic and immunologic correlates of protection in epidemiologic studies of respiratory viral infections
Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform laboratory procedures and investigative work as part of ongoing research projects. Perform a variety of moderately complex investigative/technical procedures; interpret results and determine whether they are consistent with experimental goals; modify experimental procedures or technique to obtain optimal experimental results; assist in the assembly, organization and interpretation of data. Assist in the planning, execution and analysis of research experiments.
Perform standard molecular biology procedures and assays: isolate genomic DNA and RNA from samples; isolate bacterial chromosomal and plasmid DNA; perform general biochemical assays, including gel electrophoresis; prepare solutions for experiments; obtain accurate results and carry out experiments in a timely manner; identify methodological problems in research protocol and implement modifications to optimize experimental results, as authorized by the PI; learn new techniques with supervision.
Perform tissue culture procedures and biochemical assays: cell line maintenance, virus growth and harvest, ELISAs, neutralizing antibody assays. Process human blood samples including isolating PBMCs.
Analyze scientific data: develop and maintain database; interpret results utilizing statistical or computer analysis; ensure data is entered accurately; report summary of results to PI.
Assist in general maintenance of the laboratory and lab systems: prepare solutions, buffers, and reagents; clean glassware as needed; order/maintain supplies for day-to-day operation of the lab; assist in maintenance/repair of laboratory equipment.
Work in coordination with team members to design and execute experimental protocols; assist in directing projects by contributing intellectually to design and direction of research; meet with team members to discuss experiment design; determine procedures and techniques needed to accomplish experimental goals; implement plan, including determination of reagents needed and their preparation; synthesize experiments and results into presentations
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Master's degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunologic, molecular biology or a related field. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement.
Knowledge of scientific discipline and applicable techniques and procedures used in a research lab setting
Knowledge of patient safety according to the assigned department
Knowledge of basic principles of media preparation and sterile techniques
Knowledge of software applications, proficiency using MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & Access), and ability to learn new software programs
Knowledge of DNA analysis software and related computer techniques
Excellent problem-solving skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Good laboratory techniques and record keeping skills
Good organization skills, including attention to detail
Data collection, analysis and summary skills
Good written and communication skills
Able to read English and follow both verbal and written instructions
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Master's or PhD level education in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology or related field desired.
At least 3 year's experience in:
Virology or immunology research experience desired.
Research experience with isolating PBMCs and processing blood desired.
Research experience with sterile tissue culture techniques helpful.
Research experience with ELISAs, neutralizing antibody assays helpful.
Research experience with real-time PCR and traditional PCR techniques helpful
Research experience with use of sequencing analysis software helpful.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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