RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ ENGINEER 2
Company: University of Washington
Posted on: November 19, 2023
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SCHOOL OF MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS Job Location: Seattle
Campus Posting Date: 11/15/2023 Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Other Compensation: Union Position: Yes Shift: First Shift
Benefits: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and
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Broadly, environmental DNA (eDNA) is genetic information recovered
from samples of water, air, or soil; such samples contain
information about all species present within the area from which
the sample was taken. This position will help develop molecular and
bioinformatics tools to analyze eDNA for rare and endangered
This position is funded to work on a new project entitled "Methods
for marine species conservation and management using environmental
DNA," which focuses on developing tools for eDNA analysis in the
natural-resources management arena. Project goals include
developing generalizable eDNA methods for conservation and
management of living species, specifically protocols for ddPCR,
short-read Illumina sequencing, and longer-read MinIon sequencing.
The immediate project focuses on yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes
ruberrimus), the Puget Sound population of which is listed under
the Endangered Species Act. Critical management needs include 1)
distinguishing between ESA-listed and non-listed individuals, 2)
mapping genetically distinct populations in space, and 3)
developing an index of species abundance across sites.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Most of this position's responsibilities are in the laboratory
where the successful candidate will test and optimize assays before
they are applied to field samples. Specific laboratory work
includes DNA extraction, PCR amplification, quantitative PCR
(qPCR), digital-droplet PCR (ddPCR), and high-throughput sequencing
via Illumina Miseq and Oxford Nanopore MinIon instrumentation. Some
amount of fieldwork for sample collection may be required.
- (85%) Molecular laboratory work.
- (10%) Report preparation, meetings/discussions, and
presentations to effectively communicate results.
- (5%) Fieldwork for sample collection.
- Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Marine or
Aquatic Science, Quantitative Ecology, Fisheries, or other related
and quantitative fields.
- Two years of relevant experience, OR Equivalent combination of
- Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum
qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a
- Competence in core molecular biological techniques including
DNA ex- traction, PCR, qPCR, ddPCR, sequencing, and related
- Excellent organizational skills, the ability to work
independently, demonstrated foresight and good judgment, the
ability to carry out routine troubleshooting.
- Effective written and oral communication skills.
- An advanced degree and/or 4+ years of experience
- Population genetics
- Whole mitochondrial sequencing
- Knowledge of rockfish
- Experience designing and troubleshooting assays
- Experience with Oxford Nanopore MinIon protocol
Application Process: The application process 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. Committed to attracting and
retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor
your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our
community strives to create and maintain working and learning
environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.To request
disability accommodation in the application process, contact the
Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
.Applicants considered for this position will be required to
disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or
current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their
current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required
under Washington state law .
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