LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 2-OLUSEGUN LAB (HOURLY/NON-PERMANENT) job vacancy in University of Washington (Seattle, WA 98195)

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Company name : University of Washington
Location : Seattle, WA 98195

Description :
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

Department of Medicine’s
Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
has an outstanding opportunity open for a
Laboratory Technician 2 in the Olusegun Lab.

Under direct supervision, Laboratory Technician 2 will perform laboratory research responsibilities in support of studies on novel molecular assays for detection of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in STIs. The overall goal of the research is to improve diagnostics for STIs and develop molecular assays for detection of AMR in STI pathogens. Our research is conducted in collaboration with the Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC) Sexual Health Clinic, PHSKC Lab and the Washington State Public Health Laboratory.

Additional Background:

There are several ongoing studies at the UW Soge laboratory located at the Harborview Medical Center Ninth and Jefferson campus including surveillance of AMR in STIs, development and implementation of novel STI diagnostics and novel assays for detection of AMR in STIs. Funding is provided by NIH and CDC grants, and contracts from pharmaceutical and diagnostics companies.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Perform molecular assays for detection of STI pathogens including
Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium, and Treponema pallidum

Perform bacterial culture and species confirmatory tests

Perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Perform DNA extraction

Perform PCR and sequencing of PCR products for strain subtyping and characterization of antibiotic resistance determinants

Participate in and support quality assessment and continuous laboratory improvement activities

Data analysis and preparation of reports (detailed notebook)

General laboratory maintenance including cleaning of glassware, temperature logs/charts of laboratory equipment, preparing reagents and chemical solutions, freezer organization and inventory of isolates, shipment of specimens

Perform related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

One year of college with course work emphasizing laboratory science; OR one year’s experience as Laboratory Technician I, or equivalent.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Desired Qualifications:

Molecular biology techniques such as DNA purification/manipulation, PCR, sequencing, electrophoresis

Good sterile techniques and the ability to perform bacterial culture and species confirmatory tests

Working knowledge of general lab procedures and protocols

Excellent microbiology laboratory skills

Ability to work well with other laboratory staff

A high level of motivation, good organizational skills, ability to work as a member of a team and take on responsibility.

Working Conditions:

This position will have critical/essential staff designation and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather.

This position requires flexibility in the work hours, including extension into the evening when processing of specimens and research deadlines mandate, and on occasion requires working outside of the standard work week.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready.
Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or
Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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