Employment

We are looking for talented individuals to join our growing team. If you enjoy working in or wish to support a dynamic research environment, contact us to learn more about potential job opportunities.

Undergraduate Administrative Assistant

Opening: Current

 
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.

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Research Coordinator

Opening: Current

The Research Coordinator (RC) will serve as a key member of the IPD’s research administrative team, reporting to the IPD Research Manager, and will be primarily responsible for facilitating research projects and supporting the IPD’s grant and contracts body of work. The IPD receives funding from federal sponsors, non-profit organizations, and private donors; each sponsor has a specific set of application instructions and post-award requirements that need to be followed by the submitting lab Principal Investigator and Department.

The Research Coordinator (RC) will apply scientific knowledge gained through formal education in protein science to support coordination of a significant research project or multiple smaller research projects. The RC will coordinate multiple data collection efforts which may include collaborating agencies or institutions. Duties include writing and editing technical reports and manuscripts for publication or presentation, developing and monitoring project budgets, preparing progress reports/proposals, and acting as a liaison between the project team, research project partners, and funding agencies. The RC may supervise the activities of a part time support staff.

The Institute for Protein Design (IPD) is designing a whole new world of proteins to address 21st century challenges in medicine, materials and technology.  This position will support collaborative research project management at the IPD. As such, the position will have significant impact on the IPD research program success, and consequently, the UW research at large. The position will be in a collaborative research environment with multiple stakeholders that will interact with this position.

The Research Coordinator (RC) will assist the IPD Research Manager in a variety of tasks as follows:

Research Project Management:

  • Support for the oversight of programmatic research management activities at the IPD, including primarily our Audacious Project, and government agency funded projects (e.g. DTRA, DARPA, NIH).
  • Support project communication with both internal and external stakeholders; liaison between the project team and funding agencies or collaborators, ensuring regular program progress.
  • Serve as liaison for complex regulatory or compliance matters, including coordinating with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Grant and Contract Accounting (GCA), and CoMotion.
  • Assist with the production of annual reports, center reports, grant submission components, Just in Time (JIT) materials for principal investigators, industry sponsors, to ensure that each project is moving toward timely completion.
  • Scheduling and coordination of regular meetings or calls between project team and funding partners.
  • Maintain internal funding opportunity databases, reporting tracking system, and related confidential files.
  • Perform other management responsibilities as required.

    Grants Management:

  • Investigate potential funding sources and opportunities and maintain funding opportunity database and reporting deliverables tracking system for all IPD grants and contracts.
  • Collaborative writing and editing of grant proposals for grant and contract funded projects.
  • Help draft and guide budget development, budget justifications, and other administrative portions of grant proposals.
  • Be the main point of contact for all grants on which IPD is a subrecipient (i.e. not the lead)
  • Collaborative support ensuring timely submission of high quality research proposals via routing of internal electronic applications (eGC1s) to OSP for review.

    Other Related Tasks:

  • Be the main point of contact for IPD for all training grant involvement.
  • Prepare and process letters, correspondence, presentation materials.
  • Prepare and maintain ancillary documents for grant proposals including biosketches, current and pending support documents, data sharing plans, facilities and equipment documents, and other required information.
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of particular areas involved in identifying and soliciting grants.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Protein Science, with a publication track record in collaboration research and technical writing
  • At least 2 years experience in managing one or more collaborative research projects.
  • Experience with Windows and Mac operating systems and general computer use
  • Strong and clear communication skills in English, both oral and written required
  • Ability to work with little supervision, through initiative and good judgment

    Desired:

  • Ph.D + 1 year of experience in related field
  • Eagerness to learn and contribute to a high-performance research organization
  • An appreciation for the development of new knowledge with positive societal and medical impact is desirable
  • The ability to flourish in a highly matrixed organization and work well within multidisciplinary teams is desirable

Research Scientist/Engineer Assistant – Crystallography

Opening: Current

The UW Institute for Protein Design currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Assistant to support peptide and protein crystallography efforts for the IPD’s Structural Biology Core (SBC).  This person will be assigned work under general guidance and receive instruction on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Guidance on unusual problems will be provided by IPD Faculty, other UW Faculty, or other experts in biophysical characterization and work shall be reviewed for application of sound professional judgment.

The Research Scientist Assistant – SBC will interface directly with members of other IPD Core Laboratories as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in IPD Faculty Laboratories. Research activities will involve setup of crystallization trays, screening for crystal formation and growth using microscopy, operation of X-ray generation sources, and eventually training in data collection and solving structures.  The RSA SBC will grow to be an expert in protein and peptide x-ray crystallography and will therefore be of assistance in optimization of crystallization conditions and support of crystallography needs for the IPD. With the gaining of expertise, high throughput robotics, maintenance and operation of x ray sources and independent operation in crystallography projects.

In this role, ~40% of the effort will be dedicated to the setup and monitoring of crystallography trays.

Another ~20% of effort will be dedicated to maintenance and operation of liquid handling robotics.

The remaining ~40% of effort will, eventually, be dedicated to the maintenance and operation of x-ray generating sources for x-ray diffraction of peptides and proteins. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelors’s Degree in Biochemistry, Biology or similar + less than 3 months of experience in related field.
  • The Research Scientist Assistant-SBC is devoted primarily to scientific research and requires a B. Sc. in a biology-related field,  with less than 3 months of experience in characterization of protein. Candidates must be capable of applying standardized scientific procedures and techniques to assignments of limited complexity, involving potentially conflicting design requirements.

    Desired:
    An ideal Research Scientist Assistant – SBC candidate will be someone who (i) has had experience in a laboratory setting during the undergraduate degree obtention, (ii) will use their knowledge gained in their undergraduate degree program to apply fundamental concepts, practices and procedures, (iii) follows procedures for small projects and/or major project tasks which may last years under immediate supervision, and effectively manages them under guidance and direction from project staff; interfaces with investigator peers, (iv) can provide timely and professional scientific services to a number of internal collaborators on approximately 2-3 different projects, (v) can perform tasks and methods as directed, (vi) and enjoys interacting with other scientists in a highly collaborative and fast-paced work environment.

Research Scientist/Engineer Assistant – Mammalian Production Core

Opening: Current

The UW Institute for Protein Design currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Assistant – MPC to serve as part of the Mammalian Production Core at the Institute for Protein Design (IPD). The Research Scientist Assistant – MPC will be assigned work under close guidance and receive explicit instruction on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Guidance on unusual problems will be provided to the Research Scientist Assistant – MPC by IPD Faculty, other UW Faculty, or other experts in protein production and biophysical characterization and work shall be reviewed for application of sound professional judgment.

The specific field of research for this Research Scientist Assistant – MPC  is in protein production and purification using mammalian expression systems, chromatography techniques (mainly immobilized metal affinity and size exclusion chromatography), SDS-PAGE, and UV-Vis spectrophotometry.

Job Description:
The Research Scientist Assistant – MPC will support the Mammalian Production Core.  The research activities will involve the execution and analysis of standard protein expression, purification and biophysical characterization methods and data, with eventual independent operation thereof.  The RSA MPC will also assist in the optimization of methods listed above for novel designed proteins.

In this role, ~20% of the effort will be dedicated to the production of plasmid DNA for transient transfection.

Another ~20% of effort will be dedicated to maintenance of BLS2 space and upkeep of cell lines.

Another ~20% of effort will be dedicated to production of protein in mammalian expression systems

The remaining ~40% of effort will be dedicated to the purification of proteins using IMAC and SEC chromatography and the  determination of quality control aspects of purified proteins using techniques such as SDS_PAGE, UV-Vis, endotoxin testing, and SEC-MALS.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, Biology, or similar + less than 3 months of experience in related field
  • The Research Scientist Assistant-MPC is devoted primarily to scientific research and requires a B. Sc. in a biology-related field,  with <3 months experience in expression and purification of protein. Candidates must be capable of applying standardized scientific procedures and techniques to assignments of limited complexity, involving potentially conflicting design requirements.

    Desired:
    An ideal Research Scientist Assistant – MPC candidate will be someone who (i) has had experience in a laboratory setting during the undergraduate degree (ii) will use their knowledge gained in their undergraduate degree program to apply fundamental concepts, practices and procedures, (iii) follows

    procedures for small projects and/or major project tasks which may last years under immediate supervision, and effectively manages them under guidance and direction from project staff; interfaces with investigator peers, (iv) can provide timely and professional scientific services to a number of internal collaborators on approximately 2-3 different projects, (v) can perform tasks and methods as directed, (vi) and enjoys interacting with other scientists in a highly collaborative and fast-paced work environment.

Research Scientist/Engineer Assistant – Molecular Library Screening

Opening: Current

The UW Institute for Protein Design currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer – Assistant – MLS to serve as support for the molecular library screening activities at the Institute for Protein Design (IPD). The Research Scientist Assistant – MLS  will be assigned work under general guidance and receive instruction on specific assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions. Guidance on unusual problems will be provided to the Research Scientist Assistant – MLS by IPD Faculty, senior scientists, and postdoctoral scholars other UW Faculty, or other experts and work shall be reviewed for application of sound professional judgment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Research Scientist Assistant MLS  will interface directly with members of the Baker lab, other IPD Core Laboratories as well as graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the IPD. The research activities will involve molecular library screening, with eventual independent operation thereof.  The RS Assistant- MLS will also assist in  the production and testing of proteins.

In this role, ~60% of the effort will be dedicated to the molecular screening activities.

A ~20% of effort will be dedicated to maintenance of instruments needed for molecular screening.

The remaining ~20% of effort will be dedicated  to protein production and biophysical characterization of single proteins.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, Biology or similar + less than 3 months of experience in related field.
  • The Research Scientist Assistant MLS is devoted primarily to scientific research and requires a B. Sc. in a biology-related field. Experience with mammalian cell analysis techniques, including western blotting and flow cytometry, is preferred. Experience with FACS machines and next-generation DNA sequencing desired. Candidates must be capable of selecting and applying standardized scientific procedures and techniques to assignments of moderate complexity, involving potentially conflicting design requirements.

    Desired:
    An ideal Research Scientist Assistant – MLS candidate will be someone who (i) has had experience in a laboratory setting during the undergraduate degree obtention, (ii) will use their knowledge gained in their undergraduate degree program to apply fundamental concepts, practices and procedures, (iii) follows procedures for small projects and/or major project tasks which may last years under immediate supervision, and effectively manages them under guidance and direction from project staff; interfaces with investigator peers, (iv) can provide timely and professional scientific services to a number of internal collaborators on approximately 2-3 different projects, (v) can perform tasks and methods as directed, (vi) and enjoys interacting with other scientists in a highly collaborative and fast-paced work environment.