Research Associate II - Bench

Job ID 2023-48911
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
Clinical & Translational Rsrch
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province
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Perform laboratory procedures as part of ongoing research studies; assist in planning research experiments, their execution and data analysis; assist others in the laboratory with problem-solving and understanding molecular biology; and help maintain a constructive laboratory environment.

Job Posting Addendum

Responsible for providing technical expertise in the clinical research lab in processing and analyzing complex biological human samples (i.e. urine, blood, sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid) using ELISA based immunoassays and other biochemical tests.  This position works collaboratively to process biological samples for metabolomics analysis and with the research team on study design, implementation and reporting of research findings. The overarching goal of our work is to better understand the mechanisms underlying the development of lung disease in cystic fibrosis. 


Essential Job Functions:

  1. Collects, evaluates and processes human biological samples for further analysis according to standard operating procedures.
  2. Stores and maintains a biobank of human biological specimens with associated clinical data in an electronic database.
  3. Works collaboratively with other investigators (local and national) to ship and receive biological samples as needed for research projects.
  4. Prepares solutions and reagents following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.
  5. Responsible for purchasing equipment, chemicals and lab supplies.
  6. Performs and analyzes complex procedures using ELISA based immunoassays and other biochemical tests.
  7. Processes complex biological samples and assists with metabolomics analysis.
  8. Participates in ongoing study design, implementation and statistical evaluation of studies as well as collaboration on reports of research findings.
  9. Creates, maintains and organizes all necessary general record keeping.
  10. Creates and performs computer querying of databases.
  11. Maintains laboratory equipment and troubleshoots instrument problems.
  12. Prepares posters for conference presentations.
  13. Participates in manuscript generation and review for publication.
  14. Maintains chemical inventories and safely disposing of biochemical waste.
  15. Other job functions as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  2. A minimum of three years of related experience in laboratory research is required. Experience in microbiology and microbiota analysis preferred.
  3. Knowledge of and understanding of basic biological principles.
  4. Able to develop hypothesis-driven research questions. 
  5. Familiarity with a range of relevant research methodologies.
  6. Independently designs, executes, and analyzes scientific experiments. 
  7. Excellent problem solving and trouble-shooting skills, and good organizational and record keeping skills. 
  8. Ability to communicate effectively, works independently and under supervision, and function as a research team member. 
  9. Strong computer proficiency in Microsoft Suite.


Required Education/Experience:
- Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, or related field
- At least five (5) years of related laboratory experience.

Required Credentials:
- N/A

- Master's Degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, or related field
- Familiarity with computers, and experience analyzing data using spreadsheets and statistical analysis.

Min to Max Hourly Salary

$27.61 - $41.42 /hr

Min to Max Annual Salary

$57,431.00 - $86,147.00 /yr

Salary Information

This compensation range was calculated based on full-time employment (2080 hours worked per calendar year). Offers are determined by multiple factors including equity, skills, experience, and expertise, and may vary within the range provided.

The union pay ranges can be found on the Seattle Children’s website here: WSNA - UFCW

Seattle Children’s offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Disclaimer for Out of State Applicants

This compensation range is specific to Seattle, positions located outside of Seattle may be compensated differently depending on various factors.

Benefits Information

Seattle Children’s offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 403(b), life insurance, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more. Click here for more information.

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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. 


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