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 in general so that we can add you to our quarterly pool of candidates. We do our best to match applications with new opportunities as they arise as much as possible, but we do distribute the applicant pools to PIs on a quarterly basis.

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.

The following research opportunities are available. If these opportunities do not match your interests or experience, please still submit an application. If an opportunity matching your research interests and qualifications arises, we will contact you.

Childhood Obesity and Environmental Exposures (Center for Childhood Health, Behavior and Development)

Volunteers will work with a member of the research team to find activities that will give them a range of experience and fit with their goals and current level of experience. Assignments may include data screening, coding and data entry into existing database systems; recruitment assistance; field data collection of environmental and nutritional data; office administration; and literature reviews. Volunteers may also assist with family-based behavioral treatment by preparing materials for weekly groups and other survey-based data collection.

Volunteers may also assist case managers in greeting and checking-in participants for weekly groups. Opportunities for fieldwork may also be available, but are dependent on the student’s access to transportation.

The goal of this position is to provide volunteers with hands-on experience in a research setting with close oversight by an experienced research team.

Minimum requirements

Undergraduates or higher who have taken Introduction to Psychology or Sociology, and students with some experience with surveys, testing and data entry.

Preferred skills

  • Experience working with standardized measures
  • Experience working with Access and/or SPSS or other databases
  • Basic computer and internet management skills

Time commitment

Volunteers are requested to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week for at least six months. Available hours include days, afternoons and evenings during the week. Students enrolled at the University of Washington will be eligible for a maximum of three credits per quarter in PEDS 499.

Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research Summer 2018 Internships

Limited summer research opportunities are available through the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Students should indicate on their application they are interested in one of the following opportunities, though their application may be considered for both. The following opportunities are available:

Courtney Crane Lab

Students will be paired with a research scientist and will work on a project using techniques such as cell culture, ELISA and flow cytometry.

Minimum requirements

Students must be undergraduate-level or higher with a declared scientific major, and must have some classroom lab work experience. High school students are not accepted at this time.

Time commitment

Students must be able to commit between 20–40 hours per week, and be available June–September 2018 (with some flexibility). Students must be able to commit to at least 10–12 weeks.

Michael Jensen Lab

Students will be given a project of interest. Common projects include molecular cloning or in vitro assay development.

Minimum requirements

Students should be undergraduate-level or higher with coursework experience in a relevant scientific area. Students must have exposure to scientific lab work. High school students are only accepted if it the arrangement is pre-planned with a specific scientist within the lab.

Time commitment

Students must be able to commit to 20–40 hours per week, and be available late May/early June through late August/early September.

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.