RESEARCH SCIENTIST - UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

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.

Our Chemistry Department has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist 2. In this Research Scientist II position, the incumbent is expected to independently evaluate, select and apply scientific techniques and procedures on research in the field of analytical, bioanalytical, polymer, and synthetic chemistry under the guidance of Professor Daniel Chiu. The incumbent will rely on his/her education and applicable job experience to exercise judgment and make adaptations and modifications to procedures or techniques in order to achieve optimal scientific data or results. This position will focus on the development and application of new probes, nanomaterials, and optical and microfluidic methodology and techniques for studying neuroscience and cancer biology.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
• Perform research studies with tools in polymer nanotechnology, optics, and microfluidics.
• Prepare fluorescent probes using a variety of standard synthetic and nanotechnology techniques.
• Culture mammalian cells in vitro using sterile tissue culture techniques (e.g. cell growth and maintenance, cell passage, cell cryo-preservation, cell microscopy).
• Conjugate probes and nanoparticles to proteins and carry out the characterization of such bioconjugates using standard analytical assays.
• Synthesize fluorescent polymers and prepare them into nanoparticle probes and characterize their performance and apply them to biological applications
• Analyze proteins and cells and synapses using a variety of standard or locally-developed methods.
• Independently evaluate, troubleshoot, and apply ideas and standardized scientific procedures and techniques for the above tasks.
• Conduct experiments in the laboratory, including taking measurements and recording observations, and collecting, compiling and processing and interpreting data.
• Consult Professor Chiu concerning unusual problems and developments.
• Monitor the work of junior research personnel to ensure that correct procedures are followed. Provide direction to assure that technical tasks and projects are completed in a timely manner.
• Participate in the preparation of papers, presentations, and other scholarly reports. Present findings at scientific conferences, technical meetings, and presentations for research sponsors.
• Assist in the preparation of new grant and contract proposals to secure research funding, as needed. Assist in assessment of cost, scope and schedule of projects.
• Participate in the preparation of project reports. Write about own research contributions, and edit material written by coworkers, especially contributions by more junior group members such as graduate students.
• Participate in the acquisition, management, and installation of equipment and/or devices relevant to current and upcoming research projects.
• Coordinate and collaborate with team members within and outside the university on ongoing projects.
• Perform other related duties as needed.
REQUIREMENTS:
Limited Recruitment – Open to UW Employees Only
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field, with at least two years of relevant and progressive experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
DESIRED:
• Ph.D. degree in chemistry or a related field.
• At least two years of relevant and progressive research experience, preferably including organic and polymer synthesis, polymer chemistry, mammalian cell culture, immunoblotting and immunofluorescence microscopy, preparation of nanomaterials and nanoparticles, and characterization of biomaterial conjugates.
• Experience using MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and/or comparable software for writing and presentation preparations.
• Demonstrated creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in conducting scholarly research.    

Condition of Employment:
May require some work outside of normal working hours to meet specific deadlines.    

Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check

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, Criminal Conviction History, 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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