Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) - Marsillach Laboratory - Summer 2023


Part-time position, 20-40 hours per week

CLOSING DATE: July 15, 2023


JOB #: 19630

POSTED: June 2, 2023


Job description

The Marsillach Laboratory in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, housed in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, has an opportunity for a Research Scientist to conduct research related to environmental and occupational exposures and derived adverse health outcomes. This a project appointment position for 2 months that can be up to 100% time.

Purpose of the research project this position supports:

The research at the Marsillach laboratory centers on 1) understanding how antioxidant systems are affected by oxidative stress and inflammation, resulting in disease development; 2) developing proteomics/adductomics methods for biomonitoring environmental exposures in occupational settings, in early life and during aging; and 3) studying the relationship between environmental exposures and disease, particularly from organophosphorus insecticides, air pollution, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals, and oxidative stress.

Position’s major duties and responsibilities:

The Research Assistant will work under the direction of Dr. Marsillach. This position will join the research team on a major ongoing project, the VOC-EDGE project, which examines the use of novel VOC biomarkers of exposure, such as protein adducts in human blood, while assessing the effectiveness of a public health intervention to help transition auto repair shops and other businesses from using VOC-based degreasers to safer alternatives. Focus areas:

Conduct Research (80%)

  • Conduct systematic literature reviews
  • Conduct or coordinate laboratory processing and analyses of samples
  • Manage organization and inventory of samples from this project
  • Develop and pilot laboratory protocols and standard operating procedures

Interpretation and Translation (10%)

  • Help prepare manuscripts, technical reports, and return of results for dissemination to diverse audiences as needed
  • Create figures and presentations
  • Participate in reporting and evaluation processes

Data Analysis and Integration (5%)

  • Manage and analyze data

Field work (5%)

  • Opportunity to assist in field work (sampling and questionnaire obtention, work observation)
Additional Details:

Hours per week (approx.): 20-40


*GSRA positions are for UW students that are not taking classes during the summer quarter.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related field
  • Pursuing a MS or MPH in Toxicology, Occupational Hygiene, Environmental Health, Public Health, Biochemistry, Urban Planning or a related field
  • One or more years of experience in a laboratory research setting
  • Experience working with academic investigators and researchers
  • Demonstrated research skills, in both qualitative and quantitative methods (design, implementation, and analysis)
  • Demonstrated oral presentation skills, both with and without Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Ability to work both independently with limited supervision and as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate well with people from diverse ethnic/racial, socioeconomic, and professional backgrounds
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a MS or MPH in Toxicology, Occupational Hygiene, Environmental Health, Public Health, Biochemistry, Urban Planning or a related field
  • Two or more years of work experience in a laboratory research setting
  • Experience in protein purification, enzymatic assays, HPLC and sample digestion for mass spectrometry
  • Experience in handling of hazardous chemicals and biospecimens (human blood)
  • Experience with statistical programs and language (e.g., R)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate interdisciplinary research to broad audiences in English
  • Willingness to actively participate by offering suggestions for improving team efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and independently determine appropriate communications and procedures to handle sensitive information with tact, diplomacy, and discretion

Working Environmental Conditions:

  • Position will be hybrid with some in-person work at the UW Seattle campus
How to Apply:

How to Apply:

  • Review and confirm that you have satisfied the position eligibility requirements listed above.
  • Send a single Word or PDF document that includes your résumé and a brief cover letter describing how your skills and experience qualify you for this position to

More Information about This Position:  

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