The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. 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 and natural beauty. Our LABORATORY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT has an outstanding full-time position for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 2. The person in this role will primarily focus on performing research next-generation sequencing and methods development for clinical sequencing assays. This individual will perform analysis and development work in a state-of-the art clinical laboratory, working closely with clinical faculty and staff. We are looking for candidates with molecular biology skills and experience in high-throughput sequencing techniques. This position provides opportunities to work in a challenging and rewarding environment with an emphasis on developing the next generation of molecular diagnostic clinical assays.The RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 2 will perform the following activities:Support for clinical research, including performing BROCA and UW-OncoPlex capture-based next generation sequencing assays to support contract research and clinical trials through the Genetics and Solid Tumors Laboratory.Developing and evaluating next-generation sequencing methods for implementation in research and clinical assays using the following techniques: shotgun library preparation, Illumina sequencing, PCR, DNA extraction and other standard molecular biology assays.Developing and evaluating molecular tools for cell-free DNA analysis, including low-pass whole genomes sequencing methods, capture-based next-generation sequencing and quantitative PCR.Documenting laboratory workflows and standard operating procedures.Maintenance of laboratory instrumentation (e.g. thermocyclers, robotics and sequencing equipment) and of laboratory supply inventories.Participation in weekly research meetings, weekly research and development huddle meetings, Genetics and Solid Tumors lab meeting, and other collaborative activities.Requirements:Bachelors degree in Genetics, Molecular Cell Biology, Biochemistry or other Life Sciences, with at least two years of genetics or molecular biology laboratory experience. Additional Requirements:Comprehensive understanding of molecular biology concepts and methods. Excellent spoken and written communication and documentation skills.Desired:Experience with next-generation sequencing and/or cell-free DNA laboratory methods. Understanding of the principles of cancer genetics and clinical molecular diagnostics. Familiarity with standard bioinformatics tools and databases.Masters degree in Genetics, Molecular Cell Biology, Biochemistry or other Life Sciences.This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.