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Research Technician – Carvalho Lab

Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) is seeking a Research Technician for the Carvalho Lab who will focus on investigating the molecular basis of rare human genetic diseases.  We are seeking a candidate who can work as part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and researchers.


You will be part of a collaborative project aimed at genotyping and molecular characterizing the genome of patients and family members with Mendelian diseases, carry out scientific techniques, procedures and research related to assistance with the implementation and coordination of research projects. You will work on detection and confirmation of genomic variants of interest in DNA samples, as well as maintain data and update database as needed. You will help order scientific lab supplies and make common reagents, as well as assist with experiments involving molecular biology (e.g. PCR, DNA and RNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, arrayCGH, Optical mapping), as well as computational analysis of next generation sequencing data, based on experience. Priority will be given to candidates who have experience in recruiting and informing participants of study requirements.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently and carry out scientific techniques, procedures and research related to research goals of the Principal Investigator.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences or equivalent experience and/or education
  • Two or more years of experience as a Research Technician or related laboratory experience

Skills and Abilities

  • Maintain adequate level of lab supplies to assure timely achievement of lab activities
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively present information to team members related to responsibilities on a project
  • Contribute to implementation of methodologies, instrumentation, and procedures and/or design experiments
  • Monitor experiments, make observations and assess results
  • Participate in analysis and interpretation of test or study data.
  • Prepare technical reports, summaries, and quantitative analyses
  • Serve on internal committees
  • Train students and other laboratory personnel in the use of laboratory equipment
  • Enforce proper collection and disposal of hazardous laboratory waste
  • Interviewing experience preferred
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety policies and procedures including chemical and radiation safety.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Abilities

The employee is required to sit, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms and grasp with hands and fingers. The employee may make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp or manipulate small objects. The employee must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Position may require working with microscopes and computers for extended periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate consisting of usual business office sounds including but not limited to computers, printers, telephones, and light foot traffic. Employees who work in Laboratories may be exposed to biological, chemical, radiological, or physical hazards that are typical of a laboratory environment. Employees may be required to work with and handle animals.

How to Apply:

For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter and Curriculum vitae at: hr@pnri.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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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