Research Technician I - Mougous Lab

    • Seattle, WA

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We are currently looking for a Research Technician I to support the research of Dr. Joseph Mougous' laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. This individual will perform assorted laboratory duties and work collaboratively with a dynamic, interactive, fast-paced team situated in a brand-new open lab space environment. The Mougous lab primarily investigates the mechanisms bacteria employ for interbacterial competition. In this work, they employ a wide array of techniques including bacterial genetics, protein biochemistry, structural biology, fluorescence microscopy, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics. More information about the Mougous lab can be found here:

The ideal candidate is an organized, detail-oriented, adaptable individual who enjoys improving processes, has a passion for microbiology as well as a genuine interest in working with bacteria, and can manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Support laboratory research as requested by the principal investigator and lab manager.
  • Be responsible for basic lab support duties including media preparation, glassware cleaning and sterilization, and biohazard waste disposal.
  • Research techniques to be used will include but not be limited to: mutant construction, subcloning procedures, phenotypic evaluations, biochemical assays, Western blotting, protein purification, and media and chemical solution preparation.
  • Perform lab maintenance - preparing stock solutions, maintaining lab equipment, overseeing chemical and biological safety paperwork, organizing and streamlining laboratory operations, and related duties as required.
  • Manage collections of scientific materials (i.e., plasmids, strains, etc.) and ship requested reagents.
  • Conduct laboratory reagent ordering.
  • Process reimbursements for laboratory members and visitors.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or related field is required.

  • A minimum of one year of experience in a molecular biology laboratory setting. Significant undergraduate experience (such as an honors thesis) is acceptable.
  • Applicants with more experience are also encouraged to apply. Title and salary will be adjusted according to experience level.
  • Experience with standard molecular biological and microbiological techniques.
  • Experience working with bacteria would be a plus.

Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), record keeping skills, and organizational skills.
  • Detail-oriented with highly accurate work product.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to accommodate shifting priorities.
  • Ability to identify areas of improvement within current processes to increase efficiency.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with team members in a fast-paced environment.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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