University of Washington - Academic - Seattle, WA

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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, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Genome Sciences is comprised of 27 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. The Department of Genome Sciences is making major contributions in the application of genome science to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and well-being. 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 expenditures doubling between FY08 and FY10 and federal awarding in FY10 of $44M. The department has 41 core training, teaching, and research faculty.

The Department of Genome Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research SCIENTIST/Engineer 3. The Research SCIENTIST Engineer 3 will conduct research in the Dunham lab that focuses on the study of evolution of DNA replication origins between and within species of yeast. They will perform independent experimental yeast genetics and computational genomics analysis.

Job duties include:
  • Analyze and handle Illumina sequencing data
  • Sequence library preparation
  • Yeast genetics and molecular biology experiments
  • Coordinate with experimental and computational collaborators
  • Supervise junior technical staff for basic yeast genetics and molecular biology manipulations
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Contribute to reports and publications
  • Update the PI on status of research
  • Other duties as assigned.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

  • Bachelors degree n Genetics or related field and at least four years of related experience in yeast genetics and genomics.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • PhD in Genetics or related field
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of evolutionary biology and genetics
Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

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