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University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 07/10/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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 Civil and Environmental Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Research Scientist. This position is 60% time for a duration of 9 months.

This position is part of a large multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research program focused on characterizing the biotic and abiotic processes controlling the fate and transport of contaminants in a shallow groundwater system. The general project objectives are to discover and characterize the reciprocal interactions between the microbial communities and the geochemical and geophysical parameters in a shallow subsurface within a contamination plume near Oak Ridge Tennessee. The project uses a cycle of multi-omic field observations, molecular-level characterization of microbial function in the laboratory, and laboratory environmental simulations to develop mechanistic hypotheses of community function that can then be tested back in the field. Studies conducted at the University of Washington are primarily focused on the development and characterization of bioreactor systems and synthetic microbial communities mediating field relevant processes. The position will be engaged in genetic and physiological characterization of field-derived microorganisms and simple communities, working in concert with other laboratory personnel and senior research investigators. Characterization of genetic functions and linking genotype to phenotype in the laboratory will be used to support better mechanistic interpretation of field data.

The position requires a BS (microbiology or related) and experience with basic techniques in chemistry, microbiology, microscopy, and molecular biology to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary laboratory environment. A working familiarity with the isolation and characterization of nucleic acids is highly desirable (DNA and RNA hybridization, electrophoresis, comparative sequencing, computer-based sequence analysis). Individual will also be responsible for some laboratory organization, data collation and reporting.

Describe the position’s major duties and responsibilities.

Will assist with laboratory organization, experimental design and implementation, design and construction of reactor systems and instrumentation, and coordinating the activities of other laboratory personnel and visitors.  The individual will be responsible for report writing and should have strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines and goals with attention to detail.
•          Design, fabrication, and maintenance of biological reactor and fermenter systems.
•          Participate in identifying and defining research problems related to the physiology and ecology of environmental microbial populations;
•          Make significant contributions to designing approaches or hypotheses to be tested and the methodology to be used;
•          Participate in performing research experiments and assist with presenting research results in reports or publishable form;
•          Coordinate laboratory organization, including ordering lab supplies and equipment;
•          Interact with, train, and assist other support and research personnel, including students, postdoctoral scientists, and other types of visiting scientists;
•          Identify budgetary needs and assist with budget development; act as fiscal liaison between PI and Business Office.

Research Sponsors/Stakeholders (e.g. NIH, NSF, other schools or research institutions, etc.)

US Department of Energy


The minimum level of education that is required in order for an individual to perform the position’s responsibilities at a satisfactory level is: Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences or Chemistry.
The minimum amount of job-related experience required to successfully perform the duties of the job includes: One to three years.
The minimum level of technical expertise needed/required to successfully perform the job is an individual who: Effectively knows and uses the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of a particular field of specialization; continues development of technical expertise and knowledge through experience and application.

Specific knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job satisfactorily include:

Experience in bioreactor and fermenter system maintenance and operation and working familiarity with biochemistry and molecular biology.

Knowledge, skills and abilities that are desirable, providing for an enhanced level of job performance, include:

Have good computer skills, interfacing of Macintosh, PC, and UNIX platforms.   Have good mechanical skills as needed to manage, maintain, modify and repair scientific equipment.  Experience with web site design and management is highly desirable.

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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