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The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates. We have more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in United States, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. At the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. The Department recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.
The UW Global Health Neisseria Reference Laboratory located at the Ninth and Jefferson Building on the Harborview Campus has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist. The individual in this position will provide support for research studies on phenotypic and genotypic surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae; conduct molecular characterization of gonococcal isolates to define epidemiology and genetic determinants of antimicrobial resistance; determine the relative susceptibility of gonococcal isolates to complement activity of normal human serum and serum from other sources; support diagnostic test development for sexually transmitted infections; and perform in vitro experiments involving Chlamydia trachomatis culture using McCoy/HeLa cells and passage of hybridomas. The successful candidate will be highly responsible, meticulous, and very organized. Candidates should have acquired basic microbiology skills and molecular techniques. Evidence of outstanding scholarship in microbiology and other science courses as an undergraduate is highly desirable.
RESPONSIBILITIES: •Conduct Neisseria gonorrhoeae culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing by Etest and agar dilution methods using established protocols. •Perform polymerase chain reactions (PCR), Reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR), Quantitative PCR (qPCR), agarose gel electrophoresis, and nucleic acid amplification tests. •Purification of high molecular weight genomic DNA and high quality libraries preparation for Next Generation Sequencing, and PCR sample preparation for Sanger DNA sequencing. •Investigate the sensitivity of gonococcal isolates to complement activity through in vitro serum resistance assays. •Conduct in vitro cell culture of Chlamydia trachomatis using McCoy/HeLa cells and serology testing of Chlamydia trachomatis by ELISA and microimmunofluorescence assay. •General laboratory maintenance including cleaning of glassware, temperature logs/charts of laboratory equipment, preparing reagents and chemical solutions, freezer organization and inventory of isolates, shipment of specimens. •Data processing and analysis using excel and bioinformatics software. •Participate in lab meetings and network with coworkers and collaborators. •Perform other related duties as assigned. •The employee will sometimes be asked to work on the weekends (flex time) in support of certain experiments.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology or other scientific field, e.g. Molecular Biology or Biochemistry PLUS at least one to two years of job-related experience to successfully perform the duties of the job. •The sponsor requires that the successful candidate must be willing to train for 3-6 weeks on antimicrobial susceptibility testing; demonstrate proficiency by testing panels of blind isolates (2 times/year) and participate in 6 other proficiency testing events for molecular testing performed in the laboratory; and support ongoing rigorous quality assessment and continuous laboratory improvement activities.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Excellent microbiology and molecular biology laboratory skills •Depth of expertise in Gram-stain, microscopy, qPCR and nucleic acid amplification testing, cell culture and microscopy •Experience in antimicrobial susceptibility testing by Etest and/agar dilution •Experience performing APTIMA nucleic acid amplification test •Experience working in a clinical or research environment •Excellent undergraduate science GPA •Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills •Demonstrated ability to work independently and to proactively communicate with supervisor •Self-motivated individual with strong problem solving skills •Ability to work well with other laboratory staff
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