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Nghiem Lab Recruiting Undergrad Research Assistants

The Nghiem Lab is currently accepting applications to become a paid Undergraduate Research Assistant in Skin Cancer Research. 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!

Applicants must be a current freshman or sophomore. Students planning to pursue a career in healthcare or biomedical research will be prioritized. Prior research or clinical experience preferred, but not required. The Undergraduate Research Assistant position offers hourly compensation equal to the Washington State minimum. 

Job Details

  • A minimum of ten hours per week is required.
  • Students must make a two-year part-time commitment during the school year, and full-time commitment during their initial summer.
  • Some onsite work required, though certain tasks may be performed remotely.

Job Description

The laboratory of Dr. Paul Nghiem is a moderately sized, diverse team 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

Working in this lab environment provides extensive opportunities to interact with scientists, physicians, and clinical research team members. These interactions and opportunities to lead projects in later years can be very helpful for the professional development of the students who join this team.

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 medical records, maintaining an accurate and up-to-date database, ordering tissue samples from outside pathology labs, stocking the tissue culture room, and performing administrative tasks. There may also be the opportunity to work under other UW Dermatology faculty members to support their research projects. 

Our lab is located at UW Medicine’s biomedical and clinical research hub at South Lake Union (SLU). Shuttle rides from the UW main campus typically take 20 min.  

How To Apply

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to the MCC Team ([email protected]) with the email title “RA Position Nghiem lab, [your initials].” 

Application Deadline: Feb. 21, 2023 

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