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RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER ASSISTANT, LONG-READ DNA SEQUENCING Req #:205282Department:GENOME SCIENCES Job Location: Seattle Campus Posting Date:04/15/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary is commensurate with education and experience Shift:First Shift Notes:As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, 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 Department of Genome Sciences (GS) is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW SoM) and is comprised of 26 labs addressing leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches taking advantage of genomic information now available for a host of species. GS is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. Genome Sciences is a collaborative department supported by very different academic disciplines. We work with a multitude of Program Investigators (PIs) in departments both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has gone through significant expansion since its beginning in 2001 with annual grant awards of $68.5M in FY21.

The Department of Genome Sciences is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive. Our goal is to foster a place of learning and working where all members can thrive and where diversity is recognized and celebrated. At Genome Sciences, we aim to create supportive spaces for those who are marginalized in higher education or society. To achieve this, we recognize that it is our ongoing responsibility to understand, acknowledge, and challenge systems of privilege and disadvantage in higher education such as those based on race, color, creed, caste, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or socioeconomic status.


This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer Assistant, Long-Read DNA Sequencing to contribute to projects investigating the role of genomic structural variation in human disease and primate evolution, the genetic architecture of autism, and understanding natural genome variation between humans and other primates. The Research Scientist/Engineer Assistant will learn to use cutting-edge techniques in next-generation and long-read DNA and RNA sequencing to generate genomic and transcriptomic data for lab projects and the broader scientific community.


Actively contribute to the research results of the laboratory. Work collaboratively to support other researchers; assist graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on multiple on-going research projects. Follow instructions and lab protocols to perform routine scientific investigative procedures and maintain accurate records. Complete assigned tasks on time to achieve tight production deadlines.


Research and Data Analysis, UW PacBio Sequencing Services (70%):

oLibrary preparation, sequencer operation, and other duties to support single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing research projects on the Sequel II instruments associated with UW PacBio Sequencing Services. Full hands-on training provided, if necessary. See:
oMeticulous sample tracking and database maintenance.
oLearn to perform routine analysis of data using a web interface.

Sample Preparation (20%):

oGenerate high quality nucleic acid material for long- and short-read sequencing applications.
oDNA and RNA isolation from various sources including cell culture, tissue, and blood.
oBacterial and mammalian cell culture.

Additional Sequencing Support (5%):

oProvide support for long-read sequencing projects using Oxford Nanopore Technology sequencing platforms.
oProvide support for short-read sequencing projects as needed.

Perform related duties as required. (5%)


•Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or related Life Sciences field OR equivalent education/experience.
•0 to 3 months laboratory research experience.
•Able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
•Able to learn new techniques.
•Attention to detail and strong organizational abilities.
•Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
•Basic computing skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or Google Docs and Sheets.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


•Some laboratory experience in a research or industry setting.
•Experience and knowledge of the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures required for working in a genomics laboratory.
•Exposure to next-generation (Illumina) sequencing and genomics laboratory techniques.
•Experience with UNIX/*NIX command line, BASH shell scripting, R, and/or Python.
Applicants who are eager to learn that don’t possess all of above are still encouraged to apply! This position presents a great opportunity for professional growth.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


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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