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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.
Microbiology has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer - Assistant (RSA).
Research in the Woodward Lab is focused on elucidating the interactions of bacterial pathogens with their hosts.
This position is identified to support a 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 Research Scientist-Assistant will conduct experiments and tests in the field of microbiology and/or in microscopy technique development. This will include making measurements and recording data, which will be used in reports and publications. The Research Scientist-Assistant is also expected to participate in regular laboratory meetings and events.
Under general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Scientist-Assistant will perform experiments to understand how bacteria successfully colonize eukaryotic hosts and how the immune response effectively eliminates bacterial infections. The Research Scientist-Assitant will also assist the lab manager in maintaining the laboratory mouse colony.
RESPONSIBILITIES: 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 to include growing bacteria, counting colonies, preparing culture media •Culture of eukaryotic cell lines •Perform experimental procedures on mice, including bacterial infection, cell/tissue isolation, and bleeding •Help maintain a breeding colony of mice under specific-pathogen-free conditions, including weaning, ear tagging, genotyping, and updating the mouse census •Multicolor flow cytometry •Microscopy of bacteria and eukaryotic cells •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
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, microbiology, or related field •At least six months of experience in one or more of these areas: laboratory mice, imaging, basic cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology, protein purification or flow cytometry. •Excellent organizational, quantitative, computational and record keeping skills. •Attention to detail. •Ability to work within a team environment, •Willingness to work with laboratory mice. •Ability to work independently with minimal direction.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •One year or more of experience in at least one of these areas: laboratory mice, imaging, basic cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or flow cytometry.
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