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At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.
The environment is lively yet casual, with a strong emphasis on collaborative work between postdocs, PhD students, interns, and programmers.
The Center is housed in a lovely campus on Lake Union a short walk from downtown, and a slightly longer walk from the University of Washington. The Matsen group is in the newly-remodeled Steam Plant building overlooking the lake. We believe that science is for everyone. We have had researchers with a variety of backgrounds, including Latinx, Black, Asian, and Middle Eastern. We have had women, men, gay, and straight, and we welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We have had successful high schoolers, postdocs, people who were the first in their family to attend college, and one who had decided that college wasn’t for them. We have had researchers with backgrounds in biology, physics, statistics, math, and computer science.
We acknowledge the historical and present barriers for underrepresented groups, and work to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in computational biology. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Please read our expectations of group members. By applying for this position, we expect that you will fulfill these expectations. We enthusiastically solicit feedback on these expectations or requests for clarification.
You can find out more about our group by visiting the Matsen group website.
This is a part time position, 5-10 hours per week.
Our research group develops and applies methods to learn about evolution and immunology from molecular sequence data. This is a very dynamic field right now, with many opportunities.
Our group is growing quickly! Currently, the lab head is responsible for all administrative tasks that require some technical expertise. As a lab assistant in the Matsen Group, you will work with the lab head to keep things moving smoothly. You will be primarily responsible for:
- Updating our group wiki site
- Keeping the lab website up to date (it uses Jekyll, Bootstrap, and some Python scripts)
- Onboarding new group members, including providing computing equipment, sending calendar, Slack, and GitHub invites, and orienting them at the office
- Tracking, distributing, and ordering (computing) equipment
- Coordinating group events
- Updating calendars
- Automating software builds with Docker
This role will have the opportunity to work partially at our campus and remotely. On site requirements may include inventorying equipment and welcoming new group members when they arrive. For these you will need to come to the lovely Steam Plant building in South Lake Union. Of course, if you want to come more you would be absolutely welcome!
Depending on your interests and ability, we would also love for this to include a significant research component, including:
- Attending group meetings
- Contributing code to the group codebase, and participating in code review
- In-depth involvement in one or more projects
See our website for more information about what we do.
- Undergraduate student from any program with the right combination of skills
- Familiar with the tools we use (Python, git, GitHub, Docker)
- Willing to dive into administrative tasks
- Able to communicate and approach tasks/challenges with confidence
- Interested in the group’s research, and excited to contribute
Please include the following with your application:
- A CV summarizing your education and work experience so far.
- The names and email addresses of two references.
- A code sample showing work that you are proud of. This has to be nontrivial, but doesn’t have to be long. Ideally it would be publicly accessible, e.g. on GitHub, but if that’s not possible an emailed attachment is fine too.
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity
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