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Postdoctoral Scholar - Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Young Lab


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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Young Lab


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Position Description

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

The University of Washington, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is a broad and dynamic department that strives for a consistent level of high achievement in all of its activities. The Department offers full diagnostic services in all areas of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, is a top ranked research organization as measured by research awards from the National Institutes of Health and offers an array of specialized educational training programs.

The UW Medicine Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology brings together state-of-the-art technology and highly trained, world renowned personnel to provide comprehensive diagnostic and personalized service to physicians, community hospitals, independent laboratories, and other health care organizations. Our operations are based at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, South Lake Union, Northwest Hospital and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Faculty members also serve at Seattle Children's Hospital, the Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Healthcare System, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. These collaborative efforts have generated innovative, translational studies in the basic mechanisms of disease as they apply to diagnostic laboratory medicine and pathology.
 

The CNS stem cell group headed by Dr. Jessica Young, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) has an outstanding opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow position. This position will encompass projects related to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), neurodegeneration and stem cell modeling.  In particular we have two funded projects aiming to test the molecular effects of medications used in elderly populations directly on stem cell-derived neural cells and investigating the molecular mechanisms contributing to sex-differences in AD risk.  Our laboratory generates neuronal and glial cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells using both 2- dimensional and 3-dimensional culture systems.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to do research in a superb intellectual setting at ISCRM by applying a combination of stem cell biology, neurobiology, genetics, biochemistry and microscopy using hiPSCs and differentiated neural cell types.

This full-time, 12-month position has immediate availability for an initial one-year appointment. The position will be renewable annually contingent on performance and available funding. The University has an annual service period of July 1-June 30. Anticipated start date: as soon as possible.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather.
  • Must be able to meet with all shifts on a regular basis.
  • May work weekends and holidays.
  • May be asked to work hours beyond normal open hours of the laboratory depending on staffing needs and current testing requirements. 
     

Employees working in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology:

  • Sit at a desk or bench 30” to 37” high.
  • Use a computer keyboard and mouse.
  • Communicate by telephone and email.
  • Work with bio hazardous specimens, including tissues and fluids, which may be infected with infectious particles, viruses and microorganisms. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens through needle stick or biohazard spill.
  • Work with and transport hazardous materials, such as solvents, acids and bases.
  • Lift containers (weighing 40 pounds or less) of supplies, reports, and specimens.
  • Wear protective equipment, such as gloves, gowns, masks and goggles, when appropriate.
  • Operate equipment such as a centrifuge, computer keyboard & printer, fume hood, biosafety cabinet, pipetting device, and syringe with needle.
     

Safety/Response to Emergencies:

  • Maintain awareness of safety procedures; implement safety rules and regulations in compliance with institution standards.
  • Train staff in safety, and maintain safety as a priority within the department.
  • Have and exercise knowledge of laboratory safety and proper precautions when dealing with bio-hazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and/or flammable materials.
  • Recognize potential safety hazards and take corrective action to resolve hazards or notify appropriate personnel.
  • Participate in interdepartmental efforts to facilitate a safe environment for all staff and patients.
  • Ensure staff knows location of safety information and supplies and are able to access information in response to queries or emergency situations.
  • Ensure staff keeps abreast of safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc.
  • Participate in laboratory disaster preparedness drills.
     

Policies and Procedures:

  • Follows established policies, procedures and techniques at all times.
  • Integrates new or revised procedures into the workplace.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Qualifications

Requirements:

1. About to complete or have completed a PhD within the last year in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, molecular biology, bioengineering or related field.

2. Highly motivated, independent, with outstanding written and oral communication skills and with peer-reviewed publications.

3. Research experience with stem cell culture, neuronal cell culture is highly desirable.

Instructions

Interested candidates please send a CV with a list of publications, a brief statement of your previous research expertise, your postdoctoral research interests and the contact information of three referees to Jessica Young at jeyoung@uw.edu.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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