Salary is commensurate with education and experience
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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.
The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington has contributed to many phases of research. Initially recognized for incisive studies of the structure and function of proteins, and the mechanisms of enzyme action, the department branched out into a multitude of other areas. These included: developmental biology of flies, fish, frogs, and mice; molecular mechanisms of aging in yeast and mammals; vertebrate visual and immune responses; chromosome dynamics, cell division, DNA replication and repair; energy transduction during photosynthesis; protein secretion and membrane fusion; translational control and regulated protein degradation; protein structure determination by crystallography and NMR spectroscopy; and protein structure prediction and enzyme design. Our diversity of interests guarantees a rich intellectual and educational environment.
The Department of Biochemistry currently has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST ENGINEER 4.
The successful candidate will assist in day-to-day running of the cryo-EM facility, train users on our microscopes and sample preparation equipment, and assist in collection of high quality data.
The candidate will be the primary contact in interactions with service providers, and will work with vendors to minimize equipment downtime and work with vendors to quickly restore equipment to operational status. The candidate will be the lead person in communicating the operational status of equipment to the user community, and in soliciting and acting on feedback from users to ensure efficient use of equipment.
The candidate will be able to interact with a large number of users of different skill levels, and will help to maintain an efficient operating environment by working with users to optimize sample preparation and data collection strategies. This will include troubleshooting of sample and data acquisition problems, and helping with long automated data collection runs.
The candidate will be responsible for installation and testing of new microscope-related software and testing, acquisition, and installation of new hardware. The candidate will participated in regular EM-related meetings, and collaborate with researchers using cryo-EM as a structural biology tool.
Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry or related field. Experience may substitute for required degree.
Nine years or more experience in the following:
Demonstrated experience in cryo-EM data collection
Strong working knowledge of FEI cryo-electron microscopes instrumentation and image processing techniques in cryo-EM
Experience with automated collection of high-resolution cryo-EM data
Clear communication skills, and ability to organize and document research data
Experience training users on a variety of high-end electron microscopy tools
Proficiency in cryo-EM sample preparation methods
Ability to multi-task and demonstrate good time management skills
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a research team
Experience managing electron microscopy imaging and sample preparation facilities
Experience with multiple data collection strategies, including single particle, random conical tilt, and tomography
Demonstrated ability to rapidly incorporate new sample preparation, data acquisition, and image processing approaches
Maintain a high level of professional expertise through familiarity with the current scientific literature
Familiarity with Leginon image acquisition software
Experience with electron microscope installation and testing
Experience in developing data acquisition and sample preparation techniques.
Appointment of the successful candidate to this position may be made contingent upon a satisfactory outcome of a criminal conviction history check .
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