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Research Technologist 1

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Research Technologist 1
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The College of Science and Engineering and the Biology Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position This position supports NIH grant research focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and the mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (TOR), a regulator of aging and age-related disease. In this position you will be responsible for providing laboratory support to the Primary Investigator, including assisting with Drosophila husbandry, phenotypic assays, assisting with molecular genetics and protein lab protocols, and general lab maintenance.

Tasks include:

  • Assist with research in molecular neurodegeneration using Drosophila as a model organism, including DNA extraction, RNA extraction, PCR, and QPCR, as well as protein extraction and western blot.
  • Assist with Drosophila lifespan and behavioral analysis. Assays include imaging and quantification of eye phenotype in addition to climbing assays, lifespan and stress assays. .
  • Maintenance of Drosophila stocks, and Drosophila husbandry. Prepare food for Drosophila stocks on bi-weekly basis. 
  • Production and maintenance of the laboratory's chemicals and supplies. 
Required Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics or Molecular Biology, with experience working in a cell biology laboratory.

Demonstrated knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, and related laboratory techniques.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a diverse work environment.

Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills

Demonstrated experience maintaining detailed and organized laboratory notebooks and work space.


Preferred Qualifications Experience or knowledge of the following laboratory techniques: DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, QPCR, protein extraction, and western blot.

Experience utilizing Drosophila as a model organism

Experience with statistical analyses for molecular biology or related data

Familiarity with R programming language



New hires typically begin at $2,834 per month including an excellent benefits package.

Bargaining Unit

This position is covered by a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union.   New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.   

Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes

Position will close 12/16/2018.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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Job no: 496319
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Applications close: Pacific Standard Time

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