Research Scientist 1

(Ref#: 210361)

University of Washington: Medicine

  • Research Scientist
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

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 1800 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center 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 AND PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT has MULTIPLE outstanding full-time positions for a Research Scientist 1 - Virology Laboratory.


  1. Perform technical procedures in a virology laboratory including but not limited to droplet digital PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, next-generation sequencing and tissue, plasma, and FFPE DNA and RNA extractions on biological samples.
  2. Handle tissue specimen for cryo-storage and prepare tissue sections for Immunohistochemistry analysis. Report results, organize documents and keep records.
  3. Perform sample prep and digital and quantitative PCR assays for the viruses outlined above as well as assisting with troubleshooting with existing assays and methodological development of new assays in order to study digital PCR and other nucleic acid amplification technology in molecular virology diagnostics.
  4. Participate in writing reports about new assay development and continuing data collection and interpretation; participate in presentations to peers and supervisor both at formal lab meetings and informal meetings with colleagues.
  5. Operate and maintain necessary instruments utilized in scientific studies of laboratory experiments, including PCR thermocyclers, qPCR instruments, RNA/DNA fragment bioanalyzer, gel electrophoresis apparati, droplet generator, droplet reader and their associated computers.
  6. Maintain detailed lab records and update specimen inventory.
  7. Conduct literature reviews and background searches to assist in determining research methods and project planning.
  8. Attend and participate in lab meetings.
  9. Perform other duties as required.


Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or related field.


One year of experience in a related area.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.


  1. Good laboratory practice (GLP) skills.
  2. Experience with Excel and Word for data entry and data analyses.


  1. Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather.
  2. Must be able to meet with all shifts on a regular basis.
  3. May work weekends and holidays.
  4. May be asked to work hours beyond normal open hours of the laboratory depending on staffing needs and current testing requirements.

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law. Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and is committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
1616 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle , WA 98102
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