Current Available Research Opportunities

Opportunities in labs and research groups at the research institute come up on a rolling basis throughout the year. The following are opportunities that are currently available, but new opportunities are always emerging.

We encourage you to apply for any of the opportunities below, but we also encourage you to apply so that we can add you to our general pool of candidates. We do our best to match applications with new opportunities as they arise, and also do so on a rolling basis throughout the year.

If you choose to apply for one of the applications below, please name the study on your application, so we can direct your application to the Sponsor or PI for the opportunity.

Name of opportunity: Concussion Education Website

  • Department/Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development
  • Start/End Date: As soon as possible, 2 quarter commitment
  • Student Credit Available: Yes
  • Brief Description: Work will involve designing and testing a concussion education website for coaches. The ideal candidate will have a background in one or more of the following: web design, graphic design or health communication. Weekly team meetings are required in addition to 5-10 regular work hours per week. Position is unpaid, but course credit may be available.

Name of opportunity: Data Collection for Youth Sport Concussion Safety Intervention

  • Department/Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development
  • Start/End Date: As soon as possible, 2 quarter commitment
  • Student Credit Available: Yes
  • Brief Description: Work will involve collecting data about a youth sport concussion safety intervention. The ideal candidate will have a background in psychology, public health or education. Weekly attendance required at team meetings and 5-10 hours of work per week. Position is unpaid, however course credit may be available.

Careers and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Our people are some of the greatest resources we have in our mission to provide hope, care and cures. Postdoctoral fellows are found throughout Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and the research institute is a great place to continue your postdoctoral training and research. The research institute is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, with our postdocs receiving the benefits of affiliate membership. For more information on postdoctoral fellowships in our eight research centers, as well as other staff opportunities, please visit our careers page.

Graduate Student Opportunities

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Seattle Children’s Research Institute is home to many faculty members from multiple departments at the University of Washington. Graduate students in affiliated programs may wish to conduct graduate research at the research institute. Please contact individual departments or email us for more specific details. For more information on our research centers and programs, and their faculty, please visit the research institute home page. If you are a graduate student arranging a rotation with a specific principal investigator at the research institute, please submit a student intake form and include the PI, quarter in which you will start, and “rotation” in the “specific position” field.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Our labs have opportunities for college research interns throughout the year. Depending on experience, roles may include administrative support for studies, data analysis, shadowing study visits, eligibility screening, running cultures and more. To be considered, please submit the student intake form including your areas of interest within the research institute.

High School Internships

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STEM internships

Hosted by the Science Education Department

Seattle Children’s Science Education Department is sponsoring a 14-day summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) internship at the research institute in downtown Seattle. High school students from underrepresented groups in STEM will have the opportunity to engage in authentic research, work with leading research scientists, learn essential laboratory skills, and take part in workshops on ethics, college readiness, and career exploration. The internship is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for a research career in STEM.

Please note that this internship is best suited for underrepresented students in STEM interested in laboratory research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Applications open Thursday, March 1, 2018, and are due Saturday, March 31, 2018. You will be notified of your application status in late April 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the Science Education Department page.

Other high school research opportunities

Many of our research labs have opportunities for high school interns and students throughout the year, with some open to students under 18. Roles may include administrative support for studies, assisting with communication to families, creating outreach materials or contributing in the lab. These roles give students a strong understanding of the many critical parts that go into a research study – and the many career opportunities that exist within research. To be considered, please submit the student intake form on our application page, including your areas of interest within the research institute.

Youth Career Exploration and Field Trips

The Science Education Department partners with area schools to enhance science education throughout Washington, including career exploration tours and fields trips to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, as well as the mobile Science Adventure Lab. If you are a teacher, school administrator, parent, or student interested in innovative, hands-on science curriculum for your students, please contact the Science Education Department.