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Executive Assistant to the Director

Openings: Current

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 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 an EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR.

The Executive Assistant (Assistant to Director) is primarily responsible for providing complex executive support to David Baker, Director of the Institute for Protein Design (IPD), Professor of Biochemistry, and HHMI Investigator. This key position at the IPD serves to ensure the effective functioning of the IPD Director’s day-to-day activities, thereby ensuring the smooth functioning of the Institute and optimizing the Director’s effectiveness in longer term program aspirations.

The Executive Assistant serves as a key member of the Institute for Protein Design (IPD) administrative staff, acting as the direct primary interface between both internal and external stakeholders and Dr. Baker, the Director of the IPD.  The Executive Assistant will be responsible for a wide range of special projects, contributing to the IPD longer-term strategic endeavors (the cultivation of various professional colleagues, visitors, donors, higher university administration, commercial partners, government leaders, press interactions, etc.).  The work requires discretion and includes a wide range of advanced, diversified, and confidential administrative duties.

Critical thinking, initiative and sound judgment based on experience are required to manage tasks, resolve problems, and make recommendations. These tasks may be complex and require considerable judgment, independent action and a high degree of initiative. Work is performed with a high level of autonomy and independence.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

In this role, the Executive Assistant will commit 40% of their effort to managing the IPD Director’s complex activities, including travel arrangements, conferences, maintaining schedules, managing calendars and ensuring responsiveness to all Director’s communications to ensure a conflict-free meeting schedule and excellent external and internal communications.

The remaining effort will be dedicated to:

  • Managing special projects, coordinating the visits and meeting schedules for a variety of stakeholders who visit the IPD or the Baker lab, managing a variety of complex scenarios and high-level meetings and conferences;
  • Organizing special events both independently and with the Director’s guidance or review, to ensure optimal progress towards the IPD’s long term strategic goals;
  • Serve as a capable resource for the Director, faculty and IPD staff to a variety of departmental and School policies and required procedures, regulations and paperwork, working in close collaboration with Biochemistry Department to ensure compliance;
  • Play a contributing role in developing policies and procedures for the long-term strategic goals of the program;
  • Tracking budget and expenditures for the special projects and events, including travel reports and reimbursements for the Director, CSOO and IPD faculty.
  • Management of a variety of paperwork and correspondence including letters of support or recommendation prepared on behalf of Director, drafting and disseminating policy documents, and managing travel, VISA or School of Medicine/ UW forms and paperwork as required for IPD faculty and Director.
LEAD RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Manage completely and efficiently the Director’s calendar, meetings, and travel needs including communication and coordination with necessary stakeholders.
2. Handle any related travel logistics, including budgeting and travel reimbursements in accordance with UW policies.
3. Organization and execution of high-level executive meetings, including IPD Board Meetings, and a variety of events involving high-level donors and collaborators.
4. Manage routine and confidential correspondence within the School, UW and to the outside community as needed on behalf of the Director; processing required forms for outside work, SFI and other necessary paperwork in accordance with UW and SOM requirements..
5. Maintain the Director’s CV and biography, as required for submissions. Manage all of Director’s requests for recommendation letters and other sensitive documents, ensuring timely delivery and confidentiality of such correspondence.
6. Perform complex document preparation assignments, including research, writing, proofreading, and editing.
7. Respond to requests and inquiries from both within the University of Washington and the external community which require Director’s attention, using appropriate professional judgment and discretion to ensure timely delivery of such correspondence on his behalf. Serve as first point of contact for the IPD Director by managing inquiries and visits, media and interview requests transferred to other relevant stakeholders as needed.
8. In close coordination with the Department of Biochemistry administrative offices and IPD management, help develop and draft policies and procedures, to ensure smooth day-to-day functioning of the Institute. Act as a reliable resource for IPD Director, faculty and staff in managing complex and multi-dimensional projects, high-priority and high-visibility events and collaborations.
9. Track and manage budget expenditures for travel, special events, and Director’s HHMI budget.
10. Coordinate with UW Advancement on special projects including scheduling and assisting with IPD tours, donor development and fund-raising events, IPD Board Meetings, etc.The Executive Assistant reports directly the IPD Director and secondarily will be free to access the IPD Chief Strategy and Operations Officer (CSOO) for purposes of coordination with the Director. Supervisory activities of the Executive Assistant include oversight of temporary part-time administrative support staff as needed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Liberal Arts, Biology + 2 or more years of experience in related fields or equivalent experience.
  • The Executive Assistant role requires a fully trained competent professional, with at least 3 years of experience and proven track record in service as the administrative assistant to an executive level leader in the private sector, government, or academia.

Other required qualifications include:

  • Deep familiarity with calendaring software solutions, office related software, and communication tools.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills.
  • Creative problem solving in a complicated continuously changing environment.
  • Cool headed, careful minded, caring personality with good sense of humor.
  • Recognized as a resource for others to use in dealing with complex logistic scenarios.
  • In-depth understanding of organizational structure both within and outside the work unit.
  • Ability to develop innovative processes to achieve goals.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and decision-making skills.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality appropriately
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
An ideal Executive Assistant will be someone who (i) is good at creative problem solving and can take charge of a situation when necessary, (ii) has an extremely high level of attention to detail, (iii) elects to look at the bright side of things and assume the best intentions, (iv) continually learns and develops new skills, (v) figures out how to get things done, (vi) and has knowledge or experience of the UW work environment and its rules and regulations.

Please apply online at UWHires. Do not reach out to the department or employees directly. The direct link is:

https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/ENG/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&jobhistory=1&szOrderID=168421

Program Operations Specialist/IPD HR Coordinator

Openings: Current

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 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 of Protein Design within the Department of Biochemistry has an outstanding opportunity for a Program Operations Specialist/IPD HR Operations. The person in this position will be a key full-time member of the IPD’s administrative team and will have a contributing role in establishing and operating IPD’s Human Resource Programs (IPD HR Programs Coordinator) to recruit talented students, scholars, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists from top universities, including from China, India, and other countries. This position requires extensive communication and collaboration with other UW departments and administration services to provide an efficient inquiry intake and on-boarding process for new graduate students, visiting scientists, and interns from various programs.

In this role, the Program Operations Specialist will commit 30% of their effort to establishing and managing a visiting scientist and graduate student internship program. Another 30% of effort will be for coordinating the onboarding of a variety of IPD postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, visiting scientists, and acting instructors. Another 40% effort will be specifically dedicated to managing the human resource related paperwork for postdoctoral fellows at the IPD including appointment letters, and visa related matters.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Serving as the primary contact for IPD’s recruiting programs, fielding all inquiries about the program and connecting prospective students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists, and interns with other appropriate UW stakeholders.
  • Efficiently communicating between the IPD’s HR Programs and other departments, universities, and research institutes.
  • Coordinating VISA arrangements on behalf of new students, visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and interns at the IPD in collaboration with other UW stakeholders.
  • Coordinating recruiting travel arrangements and related cost reimbursements for new students, visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows and interns at the IPD.
  • Working closely with IPD administration and the Biochemistry fiscal team to review the related IPD HR Program expenses and financial commitments.
  • Maintaining an accurate record of all contact information, visit dates, VISA status, and more for all students, visiting scientists, postdocs, and interns who participate in the IPD’s HR Program’s (using IPD’s SalesForce database).
  • Collaboratively work with other IPD administrative team members in day-to-day program administration and support.
  • Manage the process of recruitment and hiring, appointment setup and extensions, transition, and resignation of all IPD senior fellows (postdocs).
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Maintaining an up-to-date tracking spreadsheet for Baker and King labs senior fellows viewable by Biochemistry, and exactly up to date in SalesForce;
  • Maintaining an effective tracking system to ensure timely appointment extensions or endings, to include issuing relevant extension/non-extension notices (60 days prior to appointment end) in accordance with the SOM and Biochemistry policies and procedures; and visa tracking and processing, where applicable.
  • Setting up new appointments and extensions in Workday, to include offer letters and other paperwork required by Biochemistry and the SOM;
  • Working closely with Biochemistry, to stay informed of the UW policies and regulations affecting senior fellows (salaries, current status quo and exceptions, NIH salary scale, etc.).
  • Coordinating with Biochemistry on any planned transitions from a senior fellow to acting instructor titles, for appropriate approvals and processing by Biochemistry.
  • Work with ISO, Biochemistry, and relevant UW offices to process international visas and coordinate details of international appointments, ensuring that appropriate School of Medicine and UW guidelines are met and documents are processed properly and in a timely manner.
  • This includes initiating visa renewals in anticipation of senior fellow’s re-appointments.
  • Issuing new letters, confirming duration and salary with the IPD senior management.
  • Ensure that all related documents are well organized and provided in hard copy to Biochemistry as needed.  Inform IPD CSOO and Biochemistry of all Baker lab and King lab appointments, re-appointments or departures for graduate students, visiting scientists, senior fellows, and acting instructors in a timely manner, following the departmental and UW HR timelines and procedures.
  • Visiting Scientists, Visiting Scholars and Acting Instructors’ appointments are handled by Biochemistry central office (i.e. appointment setup, visas, offer letters etc.). IPD HR Operations Specialist’s role is to coordinate with and inform Biochemistry central offices (Assistant to the Chair and HR Manager) of any incoming visiting scholars in advance to ensure their official appointment setup or visa processing prior to their arrival. IPD HR Operations Specialist will coordinate the logistics of their IPD placement as required by IPD management.
  • Biochemistry and BPSD graduate student recruitment, appointments and funding allocations are managed by Biochemistry Assistant Director for Academic Programs and Biochemistry HR Manager. IPD HR Ops Specialist’s role is to maintain effective communication with Biochemistry Assistant Director for Academic Programs to let her know of any non-Biochemistry students at IPD, as well as keeping internal IPD records as required. 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, human relations, or a related field.
  • At least two years of experience in HR Program Operations within a university setting.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for minimum qualifications.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Eagerness to learn and contribute to a high-performance research organization.
  • Familiarity with UW Human Resource policies, VISA processing, and budget administration systems is strongly desired.
  • Prior work experience managing human resource related programs within the UW system is strongly desired.
  • Willingness to learn on the job through UW training in various policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to human resource and fiscal operations

Please apply online at UWHires. Do not reach out to the department or employees directly. The direct link is:

https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=167912&szCandidateID=0&szSearchWords=&szReturnToSearch=1

Software Engineer

Openings: Current

The Institute for Protein Design, in the Department of Biochemistry, currently has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time SOFTWARE ENGINEER with expertise in machine learning.

The Institute for Protein Design is designing a new world of synthetic proteins for 21st-century challenges.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Perform software engineering of specific Rosetta code for use in relation to GPGPU accelerated computing for reinforcement learning for conformational search for protein structure prediction and design.

  • Develop GPGPU accelerated code for specific Rosetta subroutines for protein structure prediction and design.
  • In collaboration with researchers at the Institute for Protein Design, develop deep learning and reinforcement learning approaches for protein conformational sampling, de novo design of new proteins,  protein structure refinement, and design of high-affinity binding proteins.
  • Collaborate with the Investigator and numerous researchers at the Institute for Protein Design on SOFTWARE ENGINEERing of specific Rosetta code for use in relation to GPGPU accelerated computing for conformational sampling for de novo design of new proteins,  protein structure refinement, and design of high-affinity binding proteins.
  • Collaborates with other research staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students on de novo design of new proteins.
  • Trains others in how to use Rosetta SOFTWARE, deep learning, and protein design computing infrastructure.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Doctoral Degree in Computational Protein Design or related programming/software engineering field and 2 or more years of related experience.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience in Computational protein design with Rosetta, Software languages and database architectures.
  • Familiarity with machine learning strategies and energy function optimization.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Please apply online at UWHires. Do not reach out to the department or employees directly. The direct link is:

http://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/ENG/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=163347&szCandidateID=0&szSearchWords=&szReturnToSearch=1

Research Scientist 1

Openings: Current

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 for the Department of Biochemistry currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Engineer 1  in Computer Science. This position will design improved algorithms for computational protein design, with special emphasis on machine learning approaches in the optimization of de novo protein design protocols.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Collaborate with the Investigator and numerous researchers at the Institute for Protein Design on de novo design of new proteins.
  • Collaborates with other research staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to on de novo design of new proteins.
  • Manages complex multi-task projects directed at the design, production, and characterization of numerous de novo designed proteins with higher order function.
  • Trains others in how to use Rosetta software and protein design computing infrastructure.
  • Participates in complex projects with uncertain outcomes requiring analysis from multiple perspectives. 
  • Use expert knowledge and judgment to develop new methods and techniques for obtaining solutions to de novo protein design challenges.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering + 3 months or more years of experience in related field or equivalent experience in a programming/software engineering field.
  • At least two quarters of graduate student/PhD program level studies in computer science, machine learning, and protein biochemistry including wet lab experience.
  • Proficiency with office productivity software (e.g. Google apps, Word, Powerpoint, Excel) to prepare research reports.  
  • At least one year of wet lab related protein research experience with molecular DNA cloning and protein production, purification, and biophysical characterization in a biochemistry research laboratory.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience in Computational protein design with Rosetta, Software languages and database architectures.
  • Familiarity with machine learning strategies and energy function optimization.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Please apply online at UWHires. Do not reach out to the department or employees directly. The direct link is:

https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=165132&szCandidateID=0&szSearchWords=&szReturnToSearch=1

Research Scientist Engineer Assistant

Openings: Current

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 Institute for Protein Design, Department of Biochemistry currently has an  outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST ENGINEER ASSISTANT.

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 fields of research for this position are protein engineering, purification and characterization. For more detailed information about the Institute for Protein Design please see http://www.ipd.uw.edu/

The UW Institute for Protein Design is seeking to hire a Research Scientist Assistant whose duties will be to provide experimental support for research projects as part of the Translational Science Program. The Research Scientist/Engineer will be part of a small team focused on the optimization, expression, purification, and characterization of proteins for both internal investigators as well as external collaborators.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Main duties will include molecular biology, yeast display, protein expression, purification, and characterization. Additional tasks will include helping with general lab support as needed under supervision. Experience in quality assurance, mass spectrometry, and other biophysical characterization techniques is optional.

Candidate must have familiarity with office productivity software (Word, Powerpoint, Excell) to prepare research reports for on the work performed. Candidate must be proficient with sterile laboratory maintenance, and familiar with BSL1 requirements. Candidate will assist graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research staff with molecular biology, yeast display, protein expression, purification, and biophysical characterization, and using established experimental protocols.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry or related field + 3 months or less experience in related areas.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Previous experience or familiarity with molecular biology, protein expression and purification
  • The position requires the ability to transport equipment along footpaths between multiple sites, and to lift equipment to/from a rolling cart.
  • 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
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Previous experience with biophysical methods for protein characterization, previous experience with cloning

Please apply online at UWHires. Do not reach out to the department or employees directly. The direct link is:

https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&szOrderID=165132&szCandidateID=0&szSearchWords=&szReturnToSearch=1

Undergraduate Administrative Assistant

Openings: Current

The Institute for Protein Design (IPD) is designing a whole new world of proteins to address 21st century challenges in medicine, materials and technology. Housed within the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, the IPD is located in Department of Biochemistry on UW’s main Seattle, WA campus. Ideal candidates will have strong writing skills, and a high attention to detail. Recent graduates are encored to apply.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Provide complex executive assistant support including calendaring for IPD management.
  • Coordinate letters of support/recommendation following detailed instructions, based on existing templates, using a variety of web forms, working under the guidance from IPD management.
  • Other activities as needed to support the smooth functioning of day-to-day administrative activities at the IPD.

Please apply online at Handshake. Do not reach out to the department or employees directly. The direct link is:

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