Research Scientist III

Job ID 2021-38175
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.


The Aderem Laboratory at Seattle Children’s Research Institute has an immediate opening for a research scientist.


Scientists in our group employ the tools of systems biology to dissect the innate response to pathogens that are significant problems for global health with a specific focus on tuberculosis. Our goal is to define the mechanisms that result in a successful immune response to infection or vaccination and identify targets for therapeutic intervention to correct inadequate or dysregulated responses. A large portion of our work involves mouse models of vaccination and infection. By integrating systems biology-based “omics” approaches (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.), we aim to develop predictive models of the complex interactions that maintain the fine balance between host defense and inflammatory disease.


We are seeking an experienced scientist who can undertake independent research projects as well as contribute to collaborative projects both at Seattle Children’s and world-wide.


Knowledge, skills, and requirements:

• Strong background in immunology including all standard laboratory techniques.
• Experience with mouse models of vaccination and infectious disease.
• Ability and willingness to work in BSL-3 and ABSL-3 environments.
• Experience with basic bioinformatics is helpful but not essential.
• Ability to work independently with minimal guidance.
• Experience supervising research associates or students is helpful but not essential.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work productively as part of a team.
• A strong interest in infectious disease and global health.


Required Education/Experience:
- Bachelor's Degree or higher in a scientific discipline or related field.
- Minimum five years of related experience with a strong publication record (May require a PhD for certain lab specialties. If Master's prepared, minimum three years of related experience in a field of scientific study).
- Experience analyzing data using imaging software
- Experience with laboratory coordination.

- PhD in molecular or cellular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, or a related area
- Substantial prior experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, and tissue culture techniques
- Familiarity with mouse brain development.

- A track record demonstrating scientific creativity, collaboration, and independence.


In accordance with new Washington law for healthcare workers, Seattle Children’s requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before October 18, 2021, or before beginning employment for start dates after October 18th.

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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