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Faculty Position in Functional Genomics: Assistant, Associate or Senior Investigator

The Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute with a distinguished history of contributing scientific advances to improve human health.  The faculty at PNRI is a multidisciplinary group of biologists thinking about big problems with an openness to non-traditional projects and ideas, backed by a flexible and supportive administrative team, and operating within the vibrant scientific community of Seattle, Washington.

At PNRI, we believe that scientific research is key to solving some of the most difficult challenges that humanity faces.  Our research uses innovative applications of genetics, genomics, computational methods, and evolutionary biology to address questions with important health and social consequences.  Areas of ongoing research at the Institute include identification of causative genomic variants in patients, families, and populations; the interplay of genetics and environmental factors influencing human health outcomes; and the use of model organisms to uncover the genetic mechanisms that underlie resilience and susceptibility to disease.  Current biological focus areas include the genetics of metabolic disorders, developmental disorders, neurological disorders, cancer, and infectious disease.

PNRI is growing and is seeking candidates for faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate or Senior Investigator levels with experience and a track record in developing innovative tools for high throughput analysis of gene function, gene interaction, and disease mechanisms. We seek scientists with expertise in the development of innovative functional genetic and genomic methods, including high-throughput screening assays, especially those involving novel in vitro models (e.g., single cell-based analysis, iPS cells, organoids) to uncover novel disease mechanisms, as well as to identify new diagnostic and/or therapeutic targets.  Successful candidates are expected to have a demonstrated ability to support an independently funded research program, as well as a strong interest in actively collaborate on ongoing and future research projects with other PNRI faculty.

In addition to pursuing traditional funding sources, PNRI supports innovative projects through active, philanthropic fundraising efforts.

Qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree in genome sciences, genetics, biophysics, or a related field;
  • A minimum of two (2) years in an academic post-doctoral position (Assistant level);
  • An established research program developing high throughput functional genomic methods and tools with biological focus on disease(s) leading to translational applications;
  • Ability to identify, evaluate, and implement novel genetic and genomic technologies;
  • Proven enthusiasm for and leadership in collaborative projects designed to advance the mechanistic understanding of human inherited diseases;
  • Record of extramural funding, impactful publications and successful mentoring of junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students (Associate and Senior levels);
  • Leadership in developing and actively participating in collaborative projects that will strengthen the core competencies of the Institute and shape its future
  • Commitment to delivering positive impact to society through research programs and scientific outreach;
  • Evidence of contributions to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through previous work,planned research, and/or depth of understanding.

How to apply:

In order to apply for a faculty position at PNRI, please submit the following to https://www.pnri.org/about/careers/faculty-application-functional-genomics/:

  1. Cover letter summarizing why you believe that you are a qualified applicant for this faculty position at PNRI (not to exceed two (2) pages);
  2. A summary of research interests and plans, including how you see your plans align with the interests of PNRI (not to exceed three (3) pages);
  3. A curriculum vitae (listing only accepted or published papers);
  4. A diversity statement describing past contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and future plans for continuing these efforts (not to exceed two (2) pages);
  5. Three to five of your most relevant preprints or reprints; and
  6. Names, institutional affiliation, and contact information for at least three professional references.

All components must be submitted for the application to move forward in the review process. Only candidates advancing to the next stage of the review process will be contacted.

Deadline for the receipt of applications is January 15, 2023 for guaranteed complete consideration.

PNRI offers a nimble and supportive administrative environment, a competitive start-up package, hard salary support, and well-equipped laboratory space. The Institute is solely focused on conducting basic research leading to translational outcomes and is an active player in Seattle’s vibrant science community. To achieve its goals, the Institute actively seeks and nurtures external partnerships with academic, research organizations, and industry.  Senior faculty are dedicated to mentoring the independent careers of young investigators and their staff. PNRI’s leadership is committed to building a culture that encourages originality, entrepreneurship, and risk-taking, as we recognize that innovative and courageous investigators will be integral to the long-term success of the Institute.

About PNRI:

PNRI is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute with a distinguished history of contributing scientific advances to improve health in a variety of disease areas. PNRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

PNRI requires vaccination for COVID 19 as a condition of employment.

Please see www.pnri.org for more information.

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