Principal Technologist, Center for the Multiplex Assessment of Phenotype

University of Washington, Seattle campus
Salary commensurate with experience, generous benefits
June 17 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years. 

The Department of Genome Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Principal Technologist at the Center for the Multiplexed Assessment of Phenotype

The Center for the Multiplex Assessment of Phenotype (CMAP) ( currently has an outstanding opportunity for our Principal Technologist.  We are a group of 6 University of Washington investigators developing cutting-edge genomic technologies to quantify the effects of human genetic variation at scale. The successful candidate will become a member of the team. Working under the direction of CMAP Co-Directors Drs. Doug Fowler and Stan Fields, the Principal Technologist will help to manage ongoing projects and explore new ones by planning and performing experiments, developing assays and analyzing data. The Principal Technologist will also act as a scientific project manager, coordinating research efforts across CMAP labs, assisting CMAP members in experiments and data analysis, and playing a key role in written deliverables. The successful candidate will be comfortable working independently and taking on leadership roles. CMAP is strongly committed to equity and diversity. We strive to empower all lab members to realize their potential by learning, acquiring skills and taking on new challenges. 

CMAP is located in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions.  Our people are our most important asset in our pursuit of excellence in education, research, and community service.  Thus, our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities as well as an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.  

The Department of Genome Sciences, part of the University of Washington School of Medicine, focuses on answering critical scientific questions by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches. In particular, we are making major contributions in the application of genomics to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. Genome Sciences boasts a collaborative, integrated environment supported by a diversity of academic disciplines. We also work many others both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has been highly successful, expanding since its beginning in 2001 to 47 training, teaching, and research faculty with annual grant awards of $44M in FY18. 


40% Project Management: 

  • Work across CMAP labs to coordinate research efforts, identify barriers to progress and help move projects forward 
  • Train new CMAP members 
  • Work with CMAP faculty to gather results, perform meta-analyses, write papers and prepare progress reports 
  • Perform related duties as required 

60% High-risk Technology Development: 

  • Develop and execute large-scale, high-throughput sequencing-based functional assays 
  • Analyze data and troubleshoot experiments 
  • Participate in lab meetings, including presentation of work   

Minimum requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, molecular or cellular biology or a related field 
  • Three years of related laboratory experience in a professional or academic setting. 
  • Outstanding academic and professional track record 
  • Innovative and analytical thinker, with a disciplined and organized approach 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an interest in collaborative work 
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and driven to grow 

Desired Requirements: 

  • Ph. D. in chemistry, molecular or cellular biology or a related field 
  • Three or more years related professional laboratory experience 
  • Experience with contemporary molecular biology, functional genomics and large-scale experimental approaches 
  • Experience with automated microscopy 
  • Experience with project management 
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative manner 
  • Data analysis competency (e.g. using Python, R or equivalent) 

Application Process: 
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page.  If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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