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RESEARCH SCIENTIST 2

Seattle, WA 98121
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$40.40 - $77.44
Full-time, Part-time
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The Lutz lab in the department of Bioengineering is seeking a Research Scientist 2 to join a research study that is developing a diagnostic assay for tuberculosis that detects cell-free DNA in easily accessible urine samples.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Specific duties include the following:
• Coordinate and conduct clinical studies to validate the cell-free DNA assay, determine its diagnostic accuracy across different patient populations (including children), and compare performance in urine and plasma samples.
• Continue work with existing collaborators to procure and test samples.
• Establish new collaborations and seek out more sources for samples to test (building off existing leads). – Refine molecular assays and explore strategies to improve assay sensitivity. For example, develop and implement a multiplexed assay based off preliminary existing designs.
• May work to simplify the current lab-based assay to a partially automated device format more suitable for use in low-resource settings.
• After an initial onboarding period, employee is expected to independently manage the project and, in coordination with the Principal Investigator, guide the future project direction.
• Perform work in a BSL2 environment in a manner that is safe and avoids DNA contamination through meticulous aseptic technique.
• Contribute to manuscripts and grant proposals and to present work at local seminars/symposia as well as professional society meetings.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
• Bachelor's Degree in lab science, biology, chemistry or a related field.
• Minimum of two year's wet lab experience using molecular biology techniques.

Additional requirements:
• Demonstrated experience working in a BSL2 lab environment.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, with confidence to successfully carry out lab protocols and drive project advancement with minimal supervision.
• Proven experience with nucleic acid extraction methods (preferably magnetic bead-based methods).
• Demonstrated problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
• Strong communication skills and capability to lead collaborative projects.
• Ability to work in a collaborative group.

DESIRED REQUIREMENTS
• Master's or doctoral degree.
• Experience with magnetic bead-based methods.
• Experience with PCR primer and probe design.
• Experience training others in laboratory procedures and general laboratory safety.
• Experience with protein expression and purification.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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