Seattle Children's Hospital

Research Scientist I - EX

Job ID 2022-45503
Area of Interest
Research & Development
Location Name
Jack R MacDonald Building
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Integrative Brain Research
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province
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The Aldinger Laboratory in the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute has an immediate opening for a Research Scientist in the fields of genetics, neurodevelopment, and disease. We use standard and cutting-edge genomic tools to study the role of genetic programming on brain development and the impact of genetic variation on pediatric disease.

This is a unique type of position that requires significant individual initiative and motivation to learn and understand both existing and new scientific methods and knowledge. The Research Scientist will be given the opportunity and be responsible for conducting independent and creative research related to the overall mission of the laboratory. This is an ideal position for those considering graduate school in a related field or medical school in the near future.


- Develop and maintain lab organization including supplies, equipment, and protocols.
- Basic scientific skills including the ability to keep detailed records of experimental design, execution, and analyses.
- Provide status reports to the PI on status of projects.
- Present analysis findings at group meetings and national conferences, as appropriate.
- Perform related duties as required.

The Research Scientist will spend the majority of their time making contributions to new and on-going laboratory projects, requiring the ability to use independent judgment to address tasks and projects, and will identify and refine existing procedures and practices. Techniques used in the lab include molecular biology (cloning, PCR, RT-PCR), histology (IHC, ISH), cell culture (cell lines, stem cells), biochemistry (WB), genomics (scRNA-seq, scATAC-seq, CUT&Tag, spatial transcriptomics, long-read sequencing). Direct experience with more than one of these techniques is preferred.


Required Education/Experience:

- Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, or related field.
- Prior experience in a professional or academic laboratory setting.


- Research experience in molecular biology, histology, tissue culture, or biochemistry techniques is highly preferred.
- Experience working with command line-based software for genomics analysis.
- Ability to use computational tools in common scripting languages (e.g. using Python, R or equivalent).
- Ability to work, collaborate, and communicate well within a multidisciplinary team.
- Self-motivated and able to take initiative and work independently.
- Strong organizational abilities.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.


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.

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.

Covid-19 Vaccination

In accordance with Washington state law, Seattle Children’s requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All offers are contingent and your vaccine status will be verified at onboarding.

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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