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University of Washington RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ ENGINEER 1 in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 226883


Posting Date: 09/18/2023

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $3,667 - $7,765 per month

Shift: First Shift

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The Institute for Protein Design (IPD) at the University of Washington in Seattle is creating a new world of synthetic proteins to address 21st-century challenges in medicine, energy, and technology. The IPD is a unique interdisciplinary environment where world-class researchers with expertise in computing and software, biochemistry, genome sciences, biological structure, pharmacology, immunology and other basic science disciplines, as well as clinical medicine, work together to both computationally design and experimentally characterize novel biomolecules. Current projects include the design of novel therapeutics for cancer, neurological diseases, and more, as well as new vaccines, nanomaterials, and enzymes. For more detailed information about the Institute for Protein Design please see .

The Department of Biochemistry (IPD) has an outstanding opportunity for Research Scientist/ Engineer 1.

The Research Scientist 1 - GPC will be a key member of the General Production Core. The research activities will involve performing protein expression, purification and biophysical characterization methods, and analysis/reporting of results to internal collaborators. The RS1 GPC will also assist in the optimization of methods listed above for novel designed proteins, as well as ongoing investigation into analytical assays, higher throughput process improvements to attain higher throughput and success rate, and low endotoxin production methods.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Protein Production – 70% • Expression, purification, and characterization of designed proteins • Ordering and maintenance of supplies, buffers, and reagents required • Communication of progress, timelines, and results to IPD researchers

Process Optimization – 10% • Literature and current methodology review • Methods to increase efficiency and success rate • Additional characterization and other analytical methods

Training and Supervision – 20% • Oversight of Undergraduate Student Assistants, which includes team project planning, aiding in hiring, onboarding and team mentoring.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry, Biology or related field + 1 year of experience.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The Research Scientist 1-GPC is devoted primarily to scientific research and requires a B. Sc. in a biology-related field, with 1 year experience in expression and purification of protein. Candidates must be capable of applying standardized scientific procedures and techniques to assignments of limited complexity, involving potentially conflicting design requirements.

DESIRED: An ideal Research Scientist 1 - GPC candidate will be someone who (i) has had experience in a laboratory setting during the undergraduate degree (ii) will use their knowledge gained in their undergraduate degree program to apply fundamental concepts, practices and procedures, (iii) follows procedures for small projects and/or major project tasks which may last years under immediate supervision, and effectively manages them under guidance and direction from project staff; interfaces with investigator peers, (iv) can provide timely and professional scientific services to a number of internal collaborators on approximately 2-3 different projects, (v) can perform tasks and methods as directed, (vi) and enjoys interacting with other scientists in a highly collaborative and fast-paced work environment.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.