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 four consecutive years.The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington has contributed to many phases of research. Initially recognized for incisive studies of the structure and function of proteins, and the mechanisms of enzyme action, the department branched out into a multitude of other areas. These included: developmental biology of flies, fish, frogs, and mice; molecular mechanisms of aging in yeast and mammals; vertebrate visual and immune responses; chromosome dynamics, cell division, DNA replication and repair; energy transduction during photosynthesis; protein secretion and membrane fusion; translational control and regulated protein degradation; protein structure determination by crystallography and NMR spectroscopy; and protein structure prediction and enzyme design. Our diversity of interests guarantees a rich intellectual and educational environment.About the Institute for Protein Design: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.The UW Institute for Protein Design currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Assistant whose duties will be to provide experimental support for research projects as part of the Translational Science Program. The Research Scientist/Engineer will be part of a small team focused on the optimization, expression, purification, and characterization of proteins for both internal investigators as well as external collaborators.Main duties will include molecular biology, yeast display, protein expression, purification, and characterization. Additional tasks will include helping with general lab support as needed under supervision. Experience in quality assurance, mass spectrometry, and other biophysical characterization techniques is optional.Candidate must have familiarity with office productivity software (Word, Powerpoint, Excell) to prepare research reports for on the work performed. Candidate must be proficient with sterile laboratory maintenance, and familiar with BSL1 requirements. Candidate will assist graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research staff with molecular biology, yeast display, protein expression, purification, and biophysical characterization, and using established experimental protocols.Minimum Requirements:Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry or related field + 3 months or less experience in related areasAdditional requirements:Previous experience or familiarity with molecular biology, protein expression and purificationThe position requires the ability to transport equipment along footpaths between multiple sites, and to lift equipment to/from a rolling cart.Strong and clear communication skills in English, both oral written, are requiredAbility to work with little supervision, through initiative and good judgmentThe position will be in a collaborative research environment with multiple stakeholders that will interact with this positionDesired:Previous experience with biophysical methods for protein characterization, previous experience with cloning.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 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.
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