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POSITION PURPOSE The Seattle Flu Study is a pandemic surveillance platform based at the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine at the University of Washington. Along with the Northwest Genomics Center, we built an early testing platform for COVID-19. Now we are in search of a lead scientist for our pathogen detection and sequencing platform for COVID-19 and other respiratory pathogens. The scientist will be part of The Brotman Baty Advanced Technology Lab and will work closely with scientists and compliance managers from the Northwest Genomics Center and the Seattle Flu Study to clinically validate the multi-pathogen panel and lead development of new detection and sequencing.
We seek an individual with strong molecular biology skills along with the ability to organize and oversee data production and technology development for the BBI Advanced Technology Lab. The scientist and their team will be responsible for: 1) continual development and clinical validation of the arrayed RT-qPCR pathogen detection platform, 2) communication with the Seattle Flu Study team and other collaborators regarding arrayed RT-qPCR data production timelines, return of results and analysis, 3) overseeing technology development for pathogen detection and genome sequencing.
Background on the University of Washington and the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine: 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 Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine (BBI) is a joint venture between the University of Washington (UW), the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, made possible by a $50 million gift from the Brotman and Baty Families. The BBI offers a dynamic work environment with cutting-edge science and computational resources.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES Under the direction of Drs. Lea Starita, Debbie Nickerson and Tina Lockwood:
Clinical-grade Pathogen Detection (50%):
Open Array validation for SARS-CoV-2, Influenza, RSV and other pathogens
Work with compliance managers to develop quality control and quality assurance plans for Open Array
Coordinate with the BBI molecular team and the Open Array team to minimize turnaround time
Communicate with Seattle Flu Study team members and other collaborators
Training new members of the Open Array team
Genomic Technology Development (50%):
Learn the established sequencing protocols, COVIDseq and hybrid capture from the Northwest Genome Center staff
Lead the development of new genomic technologies for pathogen detection and sequencing with input from the BBI and Northwest Genomics Center
Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
3 years experience in functional genomics and with significant experience in high-throughput methods.
Candidate should have outstanding academic and professional track record.
Candidate should be an innovative and analytical thinker with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Must be highly disciplined and organized.
Successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and enthusiastic about taking a hands-on approach to collaborative scientific discovery efforts.
PhD in molecular biology, cellular biology, genetics or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
5+ years experience in genomics
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