Research Technician I

Job ID 2020-36428
Area of Interest
Research & Development
Location Name
307 Westlake
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Global Infectious Disease
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province

About Us

Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s – to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.  Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children's Research Institute is dedicated to providing hope, care, and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.


Our investigators are involved in hundreds of projects that cover every phase of research, from studying how diseases work to improving investigational therapies. They have pioneered groundbreaking cystic fibrosis treatments and cutting-edge cancer therapies that help a child's immune system defeat cancer, and made other major contributions to pediatric medicine. 


Researchers work in close collaboration with one another, their colleagues at partner institutions including the University of Washington and Fred Hutch and our healthcare providers at Seattle Children's Hospital, one of U.S. News & World Report’s top children's hospitals. This collaboration is one of our key strengths, allowing our faculty to draw on a variety of disciplines and techniques as they pursue solutions to some of medicine's most complex problems.


We are committed to not only treating disease but to eliminating it. Help us achieve our vision of being a worldwide leader in pediatric research aimed to improve the health and well-being of children. If you are interested in a challenging career aimed at groundbreaking research, Seattle Children's Research Institute is the place for you.


Laboratory assistance is needed in the Stuart lab on research projects on microbial pathogens and the diseases that they cause including malaria, trypanosomiasis, and leishmaniasis. The lab employs molecular, genetic, biochemical, immunological, and bioinformatics analyses to elucidate fundamental molecular and cellular process of the pathogens as well as host responses to infection and vaccination. The projects are supported by grants from NIH and other sources and entails collaborations with investigators at other institutions locally, nationally and internationally.


May help train undergraduate students in basic laboratory techniques.


Required Education/Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate field of science or technology OR college-level coursework in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or in a related science curriculum AND equivalent lab experience.

- Research experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or tissue culture techniques may be preferred
- Data entry and/or word processing experience
- Experience in analyzing data using spreadsheets and statistical analysis
- Experience in a laboratory/research setting outside of laboratory classes

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Experience in standard molecular biological techniques including: PCR, molecular cloning, plasmid isolation, protein purification
- Knowledge of scientific discipline and applicable techniques and procedures used in a research lab setting
- Knowledge of basic principles of media preparation and sterile techniques
- Knowledge of software applications, proficiency using MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & Access), and ability to learn new software programs
- Knowledge of DNA analysis software and related computer techniques
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Good laboratory techniques and record keeping skills
- Good organization skills, including attention to detail
- Data collection, analysis and summary skills
- Good written and communication skills
- Able to read English and follow both verbal and written instructions
- Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds
- Willingness and ability to learn new methods, approaches, and experimental techniques
- Able to move around different work sites to perform job duties and to use specialized equipment
- Able to work with potentially hazardous chemical materials and biohazard samples
- Able to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate action as defined in emergency procedures

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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