Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Engineering

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 six consecutive years.

The Department of Neurological Surgery specializes in the management of acute brain and spinal trauma, vascular disease, disorders of the brain, peripheral nerves and spine. We also co-direct the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute and house The Sports Institute (TSI), an institute created in partnership with the NFL. Our physicians practice at Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center-Montlake Campus, Seattle Children's Hospital, UW Medical Center-Northwest Campus, Valley Medical Center, the VA Hospital, and throughout the 5 state WWAMI Region. In addition, the department has one of the premier academic training programs in the world. We have an outstanding research program ranging from spine regeneration to brain computer interfaces and a broad array of clinical trials.

The Department of Neurological Surgery has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 1.

The purpose of our work is to develop novel surgical and therapeutic strategies for limiting secondary damage after spinal cord injury in patients. Specifically, the candidate will aid in on-going work on determining whether a surgical intervention (i.e., dural decompression surgery) and a neuroprotective agent can minimize injury induced lesion size in a rodent model of spinal cord injury. The candidate will support all major activities associated with this project.

Using established methods and techniques in the lab, the candidate will need to solve well-defined problems and perform specific and limited portions of broader projects, under technical guidance of an experienced scientist/engineer or faculty member. The candidate will apply standard practices and techniques in specific situations, adjust and correlate data, recognize discrepancies in results, and follow operations through a series of related detailed steps or processes. The candidate will also be involved in refinement and improvements of practices from experiences on small projects. The candidate will conduct experiments/tests in the laboratory that include taking measurements and recording observations, collecting, compiling and processing data. The candidate will also contribute data and findings for use in reports, documents, or oral/written presentations, as well as manuscripts for publications. Candidate will also interact in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals; may provide ideas to improve efficiency at group level; network primarily within own technical peer group. In the process of learning methods for planning, including assessment of cost, scope and schedule against plan; implements established systems/approaches for moderately difficult tasks. No defined role in identifying/securing research funding, however, successful performance of project related tasks provides support to on-going funding efforts.


Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience or other life or health science; plus one year of job related experience.

Additional Requirements:
General knowledge of neurobiology and spinal cord anatomy and physiology are needed. Basic laboratory skills, cardiac perfusion, cryostat sectioning, microscopy, histological sample preparation, immunohistochemistry, and data analysis skills required. Excellent written and oral communications skills required. Ability to handle rodents for behavioral assays and aseptic technique for small animal surgery is a must.

Additionally, knowledge of statistical analysis of clinical, histological, and behavioral data is desirable. Familiarity with spinal cord injury model in rodent a plus. Experience with post spinal cord injury care of rodent is desirable. Moreover, experiences with manuscript preparation and proposal drafting are also a plus.


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