UW Honors Announcements

January 21, 2021

Paid Undergraduate Research Assistant Position in Skin Cancer Research

Paid Undergraduate Research Assistant Position in Skin Cancer Research

Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology

The Paul Nghiem Lab is a moderately sized, diverse lab with basic, translational, and clinical research projects. We study Merkel cell carcinoma: an uncommon and frequently lethal skin cancer associated with immune suppression, UV exposure, and the Merkel cell polyomavirus (see www.merkelcell.org). Working in this lab environment provides extensive interaction with scientists, physicians, and clinical research team members. The opportunity to lead research projects in later years can be very helpful for professional development of the undergraduate research assistants in the lab. Our lab is located in SLU at the UW Medical Center, which is a 20 minute 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, support of clinical trials, and administration assistance. Many of our projects involve contact with patients and other healthcare providers. Your duties in the SLU lab 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. In addition, undergraduates would assist the Division of Dermatology faculty and administrative team (located in the UW Tower) with filing and clerical tasks. Students who are organized, communicative, collaborative and have a strong desire to learn about the biology and clinical management of cancer are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for applicants who are freshmen or sophomores, 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 biomedical research. Prior research or clinical experience is advantageous but not required. A minimum of ten hours a week is required during the school year. Students must make a two-year part-time commitment during the school year and full time during the initial summer. However, scheduling is flexible around your school schedule. Given the current health and safety guidelines from the CDC and local government, many of our lab members are working remotely. New undergraduate assistants will be asked to physically come into lab half time (around 5hrs/week) while the other time will be guided remote work.

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

Qualified applicants should apply on Handshake or send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to the MCC Team (mccteam@uw.edu) with email title “RA Position Nghiem lab, {your initials}.”