1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 176649
Posting Date: 02/03/2020 
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 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. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years.

The lab of Professor James Lai in the UW Department of Bioengineering has an excellent opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer 3.

To better improve future healthcare, the lab's research focuses on improving clinical assays required to detect biomarkers for the diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic management of human disease. This research will potentially improve the sensitivity and specificity of clinical assays, as well as their capability to detect multiple biomarkers, through the use of molecular reagents.


The individual in this position will be responsible for performing laboratory work and working with postdocs and graduate students to execute various projects, especially the development and testing of polymer reagents. The focus of this position is the sample preparation for enabling HIV assay. Specific duties include:
  • Synthesizing affinity reagents for recognizing HIV virions by conjugating antibodies to microbeads.
  • Designing and fabricating a simple filter device that can be used in conjunction with the affinity reagents for purifying virions from plasma.
  • Using simple chemistry, develop a process for allowing the downstream assay to utilize purified virions.
  • Validating the sample preparation approach using the HIV assay, RT-PCR.
  • Coordinating clinical samples for testing the viral load in plasma and PBMC at UW Clinical Retrovirus Laboratory.

  • Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field.
  • Minimum of three years of professional research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring and training others.
  • Demonstrated experience performing RT-PCR.
  • Experience handling and testing clinical samples.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience writing for peer-reviewed journals and contributing text and figures to grant proposals.

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

  • Doctoral degree in Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring and training postdocs and students.

    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 Work 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.

  • 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 an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or [email protected].


    Posted: 2020-02-03 Expires: 2020-05-01

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