Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Research Scientist 4 and P.I. in Marine Genetics/Genomics/Bioinformatics

University of Washington, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab
Seattle, WA
Closing Date
March 15, 2019

JISAO (Joint Institute for Science of the Atmosphere and Ocean)  at University of Washington has a position for a competent professional, independent researcher  working on marine fish and invertebrate environmental DNA genetics/genomics/bioinformatics in the new G3 (Genetics and Genomics Group) at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.

The duties require overall planning and executing laboratory research as follows:

  • Conducts bioinformatics and high-throughput (next-generation) sequencing DNA assays and analyses
  • Collects and statistically analyzes data, ensuring accuracy and data security
  • Writes peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Presents invited papers at scientific conferences; participates in external seminars, workshops, professional societies and committees
  • Updates website on progress of projects
  • Manages regulatory documentation/paperwork
  • Writes or assists with grant proposals
  • Oversees, mentors, supervises and monitors professional staff, graduate and undergraduate student researchers
  • Plans and conducts work requiring independent judgment in the evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation/modification of standard techniques, procedures and criteria
  • Devises new approaches to problems encountered
  • Uses a wide application of complex principles, theories and concepts in the fields of genetics genomics, and bioinformatics
  • Works on complex problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires in-depth evaluation of identifiable factors
  • Serves as a resource to research group
  • Possesses and applies a comprehensive knowledge of genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics and advances state-of-the-art research in these areas
  • Helps to manage the group’s significant projects, requiring project management skills and experience
  • Provides innovative problem-solving approaches to enhance group capabilities
  • Uses peer network to expand technical capabilities and identify new research opportunities


Education requirement, minimum: 

  • PhD Degree in Biology or comparable field, with emphasis on genomics, bioinformatics, or population genetics

Experience requirement, minimum: 

  • Three to five years’ experience in DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, microsatellites, high-throughput sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, population genetics, environmental DNA, bioinformatics, genomics, statistical analysis
  • Education/experience in oceanography and/or marine biology and/or fisheries 
  • Excellent publication history.

To Apply

Apply online at uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/ (Req# 164597).

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