Research Specialist I- Biggins Lab

Research Specialist I- Biggins Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Seattle, WA, United States

Job Description




A position for a motivated Research Specialist interested in cell division, the cytoskeleton and chromosome segregation is available at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Seattle, WA, located at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This position will be in the laboratory of Dr. Sue Biggins ( in the Division of Basic Sciences. The Research Specialist will be responsible for performing a number of biochemical, biophysical, cell biological and genetic techniques. Opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Charles Asbury's lab exists. There are a number of projects available depending on the interests and experience of the candidate.  Although the position will primarily be scientific, it will also involve helping with mentoring and lab management. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Research (80-90%). The primary function of the Research Specialist will be to carry out research projects. There are many projects using advanced techniques such as biochemical purifications, live cell microscopy, optical trapping, mass spectrometry, genetic screens.  The staff scientist must be willing to be flexible about projects depending on the lab need but will independently drive the project and be responsible for writing the resulting manuscripts.
  • Lab operations (10-20%). Oversee and/or implement policies governing the laboratory. The candidate will help ensure the lab is running smoothly and help with orienting and training new lab members as needed.


In addition to the duties specifically identified by this job description, the position will include other duties if and as assigned by the direct supervisor or others with supervisory authority over this position.


Preferred Qualifications:




  • PhD preferred




  • Experience in mammalian tissue culture and/or yeast biology is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in biophysical techniques such as optical trapping helpful but not required.


Skills and Abilities:


  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere to address scientific questions about chromosome segregation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to independently drive research project
  • Keep up to date on field by reading literature and attending meetings


Position open until filled and the start date is flexible.


Apply or this position through our applicant tracking system and please include your CV, short summary of past research experience, and contact information for three references.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-967-908