The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine and pathology. 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.
The Department of Pathology has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer 3.
The Heart Regeneration Program, a translational program within UW Medicine, is developing human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes as a cell therapeutic. Under the general guidance of Senior Scientists, this position will require to work independently to reach established milestones and goals. This position will also be expected to work collaboratively with fellow research personnel, and redirect efforts to achieve task/project objectives or enhance the quality of the project when necessary.
The typical job functions for this position will include:
•Cell culture responsibilities: -Aseptic and sterile work techniques -Expansion and maintenance of undifferentiated cell lines -Banking of undifferentiated human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) -Performing quality control assays for undifferentiated cell banks (karyotyping, mycoplasma testing, etc.) -Clonal isolation, expansion and banking of edited cell lines -Differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells towards various cardiovascular lineages (i.e. cardiomyocytes, epicardial cells, endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells) -Large scale banking of cardiomyocytes derived from hPSCs -Transfection of cultured cells
•Perform molecular procedures such as DNA cloning and editing, plasmid preparations, and the isolation of DNA, RNA, and protein from cells and tissues;
•Perform molecular analyses such as RT-PCR, western blotting, immunocytochemistry, and flow cytometry;
•Assist with laboratory operations including ordering, regulatory compliance, and other key support as needed;
•Prepare and maintain accurate protocols;
•Assist in general lab maintenance;
•Manage projects of moderate size and scope;
•Perform tasks/projects within a larger scope, but lead specific tasks within the project’s goals;
•Develop protocols for tasks relevant to hers/his project;
•Take responsibility for assuring quality, cost effectiveness and timeliness for specific projects;
•Create, monitor, and implement effective plans;
•Take lead in project/tasks improvements;
•Contribute data towards lab’s grants, publications, and presentations;
•Provide ideas to improve efficiency at group level;
•Mentor trainees and junior staff in development of technical skills;
•Attend meetings as required;
•Other duties as assigned.
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.
UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.
•Bachelor’s degree in a life science or related field •At least 3 years of experience in cell culture and molecular skills •Expertise in multi-color intracellular flow cytometry, and PCR •Excellent organizational and communication skills •Excellent writing skills •Ability to teach •Command of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint programs •Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team •Ability to problem solve within the scope of a given project
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Hands-on experience with human ESC or iPSC culture and differentiation; •M.S. in cell and developmental biology, physiology, biochemistry, or biomedical engineering.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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