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Undergraduate Research Assistant Position in Skin Cancer Research - UW Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology and the Department of Pathology

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
This position is open to undergraduates.
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #12165
Posted: January 10, 2018

The Paul Nghiem Lab is a moderately sized, diverse lab with basic, translational, and clinical research projects. We study Merkel cell carcinoma; an uncommon, frequently lethal skin cancer associated with immune suppression, UV exposure, and the Merkel cell polyomavirus (see Our lab is located in SLU at the UW Medical Center, which is a quick shuttle ride away from main campus.

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic undergraduate to assist with general lab duties and translational/clinical studies involving maintenance of patient databases and support of clinical trials. Many of our projects involve contact with patients and other healthcare providers. Your duties would involve collecting data from patient charts, ordering tissue samples, stocking the tissue culture room, updating the website, and maintaining an accurate and up-to-date database. Students that are organized, communicative, collaborative and have a strong desire to learn about the biology and clinical management of cancer are encouraged to apply.

The Undergraduate Research Assistant position offers hourly compensation equal to the Washington State minimum.


We will prioritize applicants who are sophomores (or exceptional freshmen) who are majoring or intending to major in a biological science and have successfully completed some relevant coursework. We will prioritize students who plan to go into healthcare or clinical research. Prior research or clinical experience is advantageous but not required. A minimum of ten hours a week is the anticipated commitment. However, participation can be flexible and you are able to set your own hours. Students must make a two-year part-time commitment during the school year and full time during the initial summer.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to Zoe Thuesmunn at