Req #: 170559
Posting Date: 08/06/2019
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience
Shift: First Shift
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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.

The UW Institute for Protein Design is seeking to hire a Research Scientist 1 whose duties will be to provide experimental support for research projects as part of the IPD Protein Production Facility, Peptide. The Research Scientist/Engineer will be part of a small team focused on peptide synthesis and characterization.

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 Institute for Protein Design currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 1.

In this role, ~ 70% of duties will involve multi-step organic synthesis including reaction design, execution, and development of workup, isolation, and purification procedures.

Approximately 20% of duties will involve the operation and maintenance of mass spectrometry instrumentation.

Approximately 10% of duties will involve supervision and direction of undergraduate research assistants.

Lead Responsibilities:
Collaborate with researchers and other research staff on various on-going projects involving natural and de novo synthetic peptides

Capable and willing to supervise others

Maintain a detailed and organized electronic lab notebook

Willingness to learn new techniques

Active participation in laboratory meetings and planning sessions

Service and maintain laboratory instruments as needed

May demonstrate and explain various laboratory techniques to laboratory personnel, students, and others

Perform related duties as required

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Cell Biology or related Life Sciences + 3 months or more years of experience in related field

The position requires the ability to transport equipment along footpaths between multiple sites, and to lift equipment (~35lb) to/from a rolling cart. The IPD has facilities in two locations on campus, 0.4 mi apart.

Experience with Windows and Mac operating systems and general computer use.

Strong and clear communication skills in English, both oral written, are required.

Ability to work with little supervision, through initiative and good judgment.

The position will be in a collaborative research environment with multiple stakeholders that will interact with this position

Eagerness to work in a fast-paced, flexible and collaborative team environment


Experience in multi-step organic synthesis including reaction design, execution, and development of workup, isolation, and purification procedures

Familiarity with utilizing various spectroscopic methods (NMR, LC-MS, HPLC, etc) for quantitative data collection

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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