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Research Scientist

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title Research Scientist
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 90,000 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 Humanities and Social Sciences and the Psychology 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.

Work in the Carroll lab is focused on understanding whole body symptoms of Huntington’s disease using genetic mouse models.  We are particularly interested in the role that brain-body cross talk plays in the development of HD symptoms.  Dr. Carroll is also engaged in education efforts targeting the Huntington’s disease community, including HD Buzz, and the effects these educational efforts have on community member’s decision making. 

About the Position

In the Carroll lab, the research scientist will use established protocols to isolate and conduct gene-silencing experiments in Huntington’s disease model mice to study the relationship between huntingtin Lowering and pathological signs of Huntington’s disease.

These projects will require both surgical and molecular biology expertise, including stereotaxic and retro-orbital injections, genotyping of mice by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), quantifying levels of proteins and RNA using western blots and quantitative real-time PCR, various microplate reader-based assays and confocal immunohistochemistry.

The job will also include significant in vitro experiments using administration of stressor compounds to primary neurons, to examine the impact of silencing the huntingtin gene on specific stress response pathways.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, neurobiology, or a related field
  • Laboratory mouse experience, including survival surgeries
  • Full-time laboratory experience, either post-graduation or during advanced training
  • Experience with computational data analysis (e.g. R, Python, Matlab, Prism, SPSS)
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultivating a work environment that is equitable and inclusive of faculty, staff,  and students from diverse cultural backgrounds and social identities.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree (MS, PhD or related degree)
  • Experience with independently planning and managing large-scale mouse experiments
  • Laboratory Mouse Experience, including: stereotaxic injections, peripheral injections (IP, SubQ, IV and retro-orbital)
  • Tissue culture experience, including primary cell culture
  • Molecular Biology Experience: Including polymerase chain reaction-based genotyping, plate-reader based assays and gene expression analysis with QRT-PCR, microarrays and/or RNA sequencing
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary New hires typically begin at $64,997- $75,829, commensurate with experience; Includes an excellent benefits package.
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 Application review begins November 30, 2021; position is open until filled.

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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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