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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.
The has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer.
The Research Scientist/Engineer will employ a wide array of techniques in support of the Woodward laboratory in the Department of Microbiology. The Research Scientist/Engineer will employ bacterial genetics, protein biochemistry, structural biology, murine infection models, fluorescence microscopy, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics to identify and solve problems using accepted and newly developed methods. Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Scientist will perform experiments and manage other laboratory members’ progress to understand how bacteria successfully colonize eukaryotic hosts and how the immune response effectively eliminates bacterial infections. The ideal candidate is an organized, collaborative and proactive individual who enjoys working with other scientists, has a passion for scientific discovery, and has a track record of accomplishment in molecular bioscience research.
RESPONSIBILITIES: •Perform hands-on experiments in support of the Woodward lab’s research including studying interactions between bacteria and the host cells as well developing technological applications for studying bacterial infections. •Work in close partnership with the Senior Scientist and laboratory manager to oversee day-to-day laboratory operations •Serve as point person for a variety of projects; manage, train, and assist in mentoring a team of research technicians and/or undergraduate and graduate students as needed. •Perform animal infection experiments •Analyze experimental data with various software and analysis tools •Optimize protocols and troubleshoot experiments that are necessary to generate relevant data and improve data quality •Identify long- and short-term goals; initiate program/projects; work is organized and prioritized appropriately; •Contribute, analyze, and present research data using summary graphs for publication and grant submission, present and update research progress at lab meeting or joined group settings •Manage projects of moderate size and scope; makes substantial contributions to determining feasibility of goals and objectives •Perform work accurately, precisely and meet completion deadlines •Identify research problems; create opportunities to enhance technical methodology or content through expansion of existing or development of new efforts •Maintain complete, accurate, legible records. Create SOPs, thoroughly document any modifications; •Provide ongoing feedback and updates to Dr. Woodward and actively solicit input on overcoming roadblocks and impediments to success •Perform other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, microbiology, or related field •Minimum of 3 years of job-related experience •Experience with standard molecular biology and animal handling is required. •Excellent verbal and written communication skills. •Strong organizational and project management skills. •Strong attention to detail with highly accurate work product. •Ability to train, mentor, and supervise undergraduate/graduate students and/or entry-level research technicians as needed. •Ability to be flexible and adaptable to accommodate shifting priorities and meet deadlines. •Ability to identify areas of improvement within current processes to increase efficiency •Ability to work independently with minimal guidance from PI
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Experience with microbiology techniques and project management is desired.
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