Research Technician, Mougous Lab

Research Technician, Mougous Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Seattle, WA, United States

Job Description

About HHMI

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world.

Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. Visit to learn more about working at HHMI.


The laboratory of Dr. Joseph Mougous at the University of Washington currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Technician.  This individual will perform assorted laboratory duties to support the research of the laboratory. The Mougous laboratory primarily investigates the mechanisms bacteria employ for interbacterial competition. In this work, they employ a wide array of techniques including bacterial genetics, protein biochemistry, structural biology, fluorescence microscopy, high throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics.


Principal Responsibilities:


  • Support laboratory research as requested by the principal investigator and lab manager.
  • Maintain a detailed research notebook.
  • Maintain collections of scientific materials (i.e., plasmids, strains, etc.) and ship requested reagents.
  • Perform basic lab maintenance, including ordering, maintenance of lab equipment, organizing and helping with chemical and biological safety paperwork.
  • Assist in planning and assigning work to Laboratory Helpers and students; be responsible for training Laboratory Helpers and students on duties including media preparation, glassware cleaning and sterilization, and biohazard waste disposal. Be responsible for performing these duties in times when Lab Helpers are unavailable.
  • Related duties as required.
  • Research techniques to be used will include but not be limited to: mutant construction, subcloning procedures, phenotypic evaluations, biochemical assays, Western blotting, protein purification, media and chemical solution preparation.


Required Qualifications:


  • Experience with standard molecular biological and microbiological techniques, including sterile procedure.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), record keeping and organizational skills.
  • Detail oriented with highly accurate work product
  • Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology or related field.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-925-908