(Ref#: 189280)

University of Washington

  • Research Scientist
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time


Req #: 189280


Job Location: Seattle Campus

Posting Date: 05/27/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Shift: First Shift

Notes: 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.

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.

The Gale Lab at the University of Washington has an opening for a Research Scientist/Engineer 2. The employee occupying this position will, under general guidance from the principal investigator, perform virologic and immunologic research in a biosafety level 2 (BSL2) and biosafety level 3 (BSL3) immunology laboratory. This work will be focused on testing antiviral compound treatment against SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses, isolating viruses from specimen, examining virus growth under conditions of antiviral drug treatment in cultured cells, conducting molecular virology analyses, and conducting innate immune response studies.


The primary job functions include:

• Performing established virologic and immunologic assays, while also using judgement to make minor modifications to optimize the execution of specific research projects.

• Producing virus stocks and conducting quality assurance analysis of each stock.

• Optimizing and performing complex immunologic and antiviral assays in vitro tissue culture systems.

• Developing extensions of existing methods and protocols.

• Performing molecular biology techniques including PCR analysis, western blotting, qRT-PCR, and cDNA cloning.

• Organizing and recording data; detailed and meticulous record keeping and reporting are required.

• Assisting laboratory members with experiments.

• Strong organizational abilities with a keen ability to work to achieve deadlines and specified milestones.

• Performing routine data analysis and assisting in the quality control of data.

• Ability to work in a team and collaborative environment.

• Willingness to quickly change direction and priorities based on a rapidly evolving research program.

• Participate in laboratory meetings.

• Perform related duties as required.


• BS in biological sciences or related field.

• At least two years of relevant experience.

Additional requirements:

• Must be able to work independently and have a strong attention for detail.

• Must be highly motivated with excellent time management skills.

• Ability to organize and maintain accurate records.

• Experience using EXCEL, PowerPoint.

• Ability to work in a team environment and laboratory setting.

Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.


• Laboratory experience in similar settings.


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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 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.

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Education Requirement:
Seattle South Lake Union
Department of Immunology
750 Republican St. UW Box 358059
Seattle , Washington 98109
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