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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

Program Operation Specialist/Internship Program

Openings: Current

The Institute for Protein Design (IPD) in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Biochemistry (Biochemistry) and School of Medicine, is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in cutting edge research in the field of protein design.  As such, the IPD is of great significance to the School of Medicine, the UW and region.  

The Program Operations Specialist will be a key member of the administrative team and will have a contributing role in establishing and operating IPD’s Internship Programs to recruit talented students and scholars from top Universities around the world in China, India and other countries.  This position will require strong communication and collaboration skills to collaborate with other UW Departments and Administration Services to provide an efficient inquiry intake and on-boarding process for prospective Graduate Students, Visiting Scientists, and Interns of a varied nature.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

A 100% dedicated effort is required in program operations of IPD’s internship program.
The primary responsibilities of the IPD Internship Program Operations Coordinator are:

  • Serve as the primary operations contact for IPD’s Internship Program, fielding all inquiries about the program; connecting prospective students, visiting scientists, and interns with other appropriate UW stakeholders.
  • Perform professional level duties for efficient communication between the IPD’s Internship Program and other Universities or Research Institutes, and UW Departments. Work collaboratively with relevant UW offices involved in educational and scholarly exchanges and admissions (UW VISIT Program, UW Graduate School, etc.)
  • Coordinating efficient VISA arrangements for students, visiting scientists, and interns in collaboration with other UW stakeholders. Work with relevant UW offices (ISO, VISIT etc.)
  • Coordinating the efficient recruiting travel arrangements and related cost reimbursements for students, visiting scientists, and interns.
  • Working closely with the IPD CSOO and Biochemistry fiscal team, to review the related IPD Internship Program expenses and financial commitments.
  • Maintaining an accurate record of all contact information, visit dates, VISA status, for all  students, visiting scientists, and interns who participate in the IPD’s Internship Program (using IPD’s SalesForce database).
  • Collaboratively work with other IPD administrative team members in day-to-day program administration and support.
  • Collaboratively work with the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Biochemistry to ensure adherence to all UW and Departmental policies and procedures on educational exchanges, admissions and graduate education and recruitment.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • B.A. or B.S. Degree in education, communications, human resources or related field.
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience in Program Operations within a university setting.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for minimum qualifications
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Prior experience/ familiarity with educational exchanges, university graduate and student exchange programs highly desired.
  • Prior experience/ familiarity with UW Human Resource policies, VISA processing, and budget administration systems is strongly desired.
  • Prior work experience managing educational or 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 graduate admissions, educational exchanges, human resource and fiscal operations.
  • Eagerness to learn and contribute solutions to a high performance research organization.
POSITION COMPLEXITIES
High volume coordination of communication between students, scholars, UW stakeholders, and stakeholders at other foreign institutions
POSITION DIMENSIONS
  • This position will support recruiting of talented students and scholars around the world to join the UW, and this includes not just IPD affiliated faculty but other UW departments broadly.
  • 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.

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=165133&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