Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Center for Innovative Entrepreneurship - Summer Fellowships

Since entrepreneurship is finding out that practice can look very different from theory, CIE is pleased to announce 5 technology commercialization fellowships for Summer 2008! If you're a grad student interested in digging into a technology, getting out of the lab or classroom, and delving into the messy world of tech commercialization, one of these fellowships may be for you! These fellowships provide the real-world opportunity to work with the inventors, tech managers, and others in a respective field to examine the selected technology, perform market research, and write a feasibility report. The required final presentation and milestone deliverables along the way will give you real insight and experience into the ways in which a "cool technology" can become a "cool company."

As part of CIE's work across campus and in the community, these fellowships are made possible in conjunction with WRF Capital, UW TechTransfer, Institute of Translational Health Sciences, and the Coulter Foundation.

The fellowship positions will be 30 hours a week, from June 16 through August 22. CIE will pay $8,000 total per student for the summer. Please email your resume and a cover letter describing what you could bring--in terms of background experience and interest--to the projects you're most interested in. As these fellowships are highly competitive and require diverse skill sets, all University of Washington MBAs, TECs, graduate students and post-docs with entrepreneurial interests are eligible to apply.

Email all application materials to Lauren Witt,, by April 15.

WRF Capital-CIE Fellowship
The Daily Briefing
Bill Comegys, School of Medicine
Technology Manager: Fred Holt,
The Daily Briefing is a suite of software that helps system administrators detect and quarantine network intrusions (viruses, trojan horses, worms, etc.) before these threats have been identified. This is among the first proactive defenses, and it works against mutating fingerprints and other sophisticated attacks.

Lab on Chip
Joe Peach, Electrical Engineering
Technology Manager: Fred Holt,
New lab-on-chip designs that offer a 100x speed up, for example in DNA separation. This invention coordinates the design of the microfluidic channel with the design of an electrode array, in very specific ways, to achieve much higher performance with lower overhead. This technology could support desk-top separation equipment for cells, DNA, etc., or the chips could be made compatible with existing lab equipment.

Lab on Chip Design Analysis (LoCDA) Software
Vikram Jandhyala, Electrical Engineering
Technology Manager: Fred Holt,
LoCDA is a powerful simulation tool that can handle complex designs of multiphysics devices like labs-on-chip. LoCDA is orders of magnitude faster and more accurate than other simulation software.

Bacterial Strains for Hydrogen Production
Caroline Harwood, Microbiology
Technology Manager: Kelly Fitzgerald,
UW researchers have developed a strategy to identify microbe strains, either naturally occurring or mutant forms, which have uncoupled hydrogen production from nitrogen fixation. This makes hydrogen production metabolically advantageous to the growth and survival of the organisms, and provides a means to develop commercially efficient biocatalyst for hydrogen production. Companies (particularly paper mills) seeking to improve their sustainability could use this technology to harvest energy from their waste streams.

ITHS-Coulter Translational Research Fellowships
Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Esophageal Cancer
Xingde Li, Bioengineering and Joo Ha Hwang, Gastroenterology
Technology Manager: Jim Roberts,
NOTE: Open to MBA students only! The MBA student will be teamed with a bioengineering PhD student or postdoctoral scientist to create a viable and complete business plan as the capstone of the fellowship.*

Esophageal cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S., and life without an esophagus is miserable at best and considerably shortened. The inventors have just begun a third year of Coulter funding and have created a novel imaging instrument based on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which uses light to penetrate the inner tissue of the esophagus and produce a high-resolution, 3D image. The system has been confirmed to detect lesions in excised human esophagus from patients with esophageal erosion-a major predictor for the cancer. The OCT imaging device is staged for start-up creation through UW TechTransfer's Launch Pad program and has generated interest of VCs. A complete business plan is the next step for this technology.

Pressurized Olfactory Drug Delivery System for CNS delivery
Rodney J. Ho; Professor, School of Pharmacy
Technology Manager: Bolong Cao,
Many neurological, analgesic, and cancer drugs do not reach the central nervous system (CNS) at safe and effective concentrations. After oral or intravenous dosing, highly lipid soluble drugs designed to penetrate the blood-brain-barrier strongly bind to the liver and other elimination organs, where they elicit dose-limiting toxicities. Nasal cells located at the upper nasal cavity provide drugs direct access to the brain and the CNS. These nasal epithelial cells have much less resistance than those of the blood-brain-barrier, and this novel pressurized olfactory drug delivery (PODD) system provides a unique opportunity for direct nose-to-brain delivery of CNS drugs.

Method to prioritize patients for enrollment into clinical trials based on in vivo efficacy screening
James M. Olson, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute
Technology Manager: Ulrich Mueller,
The cost of developing a new anti-cancer drug is approximately $1 billion, but more than 90% of anti-cancer drugs in development fail to proceed through human clinical trials. The problem in the current system is that patients are enrolled in clinical trials for experimental therapies without any idea of whether their cancer cells are inherently resistant to the drug being evaluated. The inventors have developed a device and a method for selecting patients whose cancer cells are known to respond to the ant-cancer agent. This would prevent patients from being exposed to drugs that will cause toxicity without the potential for benefit and will reduce the cost of human clinical trials by hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

*The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation (WHCF) Translational Partnership program would like to team an MBA student with a bioengineering PhD student to create a viable and complete business plan. The team will have mentorship from the ITHS Therapeutic Drug and Device Development Advisory Committee, The Coulter Project Office, the Washington Research Foundation, and UW TechTransfer-all led by a team of PIs comprised of a UW bioengineering faculty member and a clinician researcher. Information on the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the Translational Partnership can be found at and the UW ITHS.

Email all application materials to Lauren Witt,, by April 15.

Institute of Reading Development - Summer Teaching Fellowships

Full Time Summer Teaching Positions

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2008 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn
    between $550 and $700 per week while teaching.

  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.

  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure

  • Have a bachelor's degree in any discipline

  • Are responsible and hard working

  • Have good communication and organization skills

  • Will be patient and supportive with students

  • Have regular access to a reliable car

We welcome you to submit an on-line application and learn more about
teaching for the Institute at our website:

American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship

The American Institute of Indian Studies invites applications from
scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in

Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates to conduct
research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months.
Senior long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (four months or
less) fellowships are available for scholars who hold the Ph.D.

Some senior fellows in the humanities will receive fellowships funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Performing and Creative Arts fellowships are available for accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists.

Scholarly/professional development fellowships are available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India.

Eligible applicants include 1) U.S. citizens, and 2) citizens of other countries who are students or faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities.

For applications, please contact us at
American Institute of Indian Studies
1130 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-8638.
Web site:

Application deadline is July 1, 2008.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Washington Sea Grant Fellowship

Washington Sea Grant announces a new graduate fellowship opportunity to help shape the future of Washington's ocean and coastal policies.

The Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship offers graduate students first-hand experience in crafting marine and natural resource policies. Beginning in October 2008, two qualified students per year will spend nine months working in Olympia with Washington State Ocean Caucus agencies.*

Graduate students who attend Washington universities and are enrolled in a marine-related field, including policy, law, social sciences, oceanography and fishery sciences, are encouraged to apply. Fellows may be involved in working on marine policy questions from a variety of scientific, legal, social or economic perspectives. Among the issues identified for 2008 Fellow projects are climate change adaptation and preparation, Washington coastal zone program review, alternative ocean energy, and marine debris.

Contact Nancy Reichley, 206.685.8302 or

Application deadline—April 30, 2008

NPRB Graduate Research Awards

NPRB Announces Graduate Student Research Awards

In 2008, NPRB will award five Graduate Student Research Awards of $20,000 each to qualified masters and doctoral students for the opportunity to address scientific, technological, and socio-economic issues relating to research themes identified in the NPRB Science Plan.

Deadline: April 1, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

NASA Space Grant Fellowship

The NASA Space Grant offers research fellowships to current graduate students
working in the areas of science, math, engineering or technology
directly related to NASA research interests. These fellowships provide
UW graduate students, whom are primarily supported by teaching
assistantships and have little or no funding to support research
projects required for their master's or doctoral thesis, with tuition
for summer quarter and a $5,000 award.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Washington state residents.
Applicants must also be working as a UW teaching assistant at the time
of application.

**For application information follow this link:

The WA NASA Space Grant Fellowship deadline for support in the summer
quarter is March 24, 2008.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pre-doctoral Position - Center for Instructional Development and Research

Pre-doctoral Staff Associate - Center for Instructional Development and Research
For full listing, search Req # 41373 at the link above

We have an outstanding opportunity for 3 part-time (50% FTE), temporary (June 16, 2008 – June 15, 2009) graduate student instructional consultant (Pre-doctoral Staff Associate I or II positions, with the possibility of renewal.

Under general supervision of the Associate Director, this person will perform a variety of consulting-related assignments for the Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR), including: consulting individually with UW instructors, working in departments to provide services for instructional development, supporting CIDR’s campus-wide efforts to improve teaching and learning, contributing to special projects, and collaborating with other CIDR staff in thinking strategically about the ongoing delivery, analysis and assessment of services.

o Registration as a UW graduate student
o Flexible schedule
o College or university teaching experience
o Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information
o Strong organizational and communication skills, both interpersonal and collaborative.

Closes on March 24, 2008

Graduate Research Assistant for Washington Kids Count / Early Learning Programs

Research Assistant - Evans School
For full listing, search Req# 41968 at the link above

About Us:
The Human Services Policy Center (HSPC) is a research center at the Evans School of Public Affairs. The Center pairs applied analytic research with the promotion of policies that improve the lives of children, families, and communities. The Center addresses issues that matter to families, with special attention to the needs of those who are disadvantaged and focuses on policies affecting health, education, safety and economic well-being.

Learn more about us by visiting our website at

General Duties/Description:
We are looking for a graduate research analyst to participate in the following activities: maintaining and improving state and local level indicators of child-family well-being; conducting statistical analyses and writing up results for papers, fact sheets, and policy briefs on child well-being; working with community partners on identifying data and research needs; and presenting work at national, state, and local conferences. This RA will also be expected to assist with HSPC’s ongoing early-learning analyses, including data analysis, performing literature reviews, and assisting with the editing of project deliverables.

Closes on March 18, 2008

Graduate Research Assistant for Early Learning - Quality Rating & Improvement System

Research Assistant - Evans School
For the full listing, search Req# 41970 at the link above

About Us:
The Human Services Policy Center (HSPC) is a research center at the Evans School of Public Affairs. The Center pairs applied analytic research with the promotion of policies that improve the lives of children, families, and communities. The Center addresses issues that matter to families, with special attention to the needs of those who are disadvantaged and focuses on policies affecting health, education, safety and economic well-being.

General Duties/Description:
This position will work primarily on HSPC’s Quality Rating and Improvement System project. The purpose of this initiative is to improve the quality of child care for young children in Washington State by helping the Department of Early Learning derive essential lessons about how to effectively implement a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The project team will do this by directly evaluating the impact of three QRIS pilot programs and providing an evaluative profile of these pilot communities. The HSPC team is specifically tasked with helping build a statewide early-learning research consortium, which will tap into the varied expertise of many researchers at different institutions such as state universities and community/technical colleges, to provide the Department of Early Learning with a variety of useful information and analyses.

Closes on March 18, 2008

Research Assistantship - Balance UW

Research Assistant - Office of the Provost
For the full listing, Search for Req# 42034 at the above link

Balance@UW is a comprehensive package of policies and programs designed to support UW faculty in balancing productive academic careers with satisfying personal lives.

By supporting faculty through the various stages of life, Balance@UW will enhance the ability of the UW to recruit and retain the best and brightest faculty, and enhance the ability of faculty to perform their best teaching and research.

Balance@UW began with the UW receiving a 2006 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation "Flexible Faculty Career" Award. This award provided a $250,000 accelerator grant to implement the eight goals listed in the competition proposal.

We have an outstanding opening for a part-time (50% FTE) temporary (March 16 – June 15, 2008) Pre-doctoral Research Assistant/Associate for Spring 2008. This appointment may be extended to the end of summer (September 15, 2008) and is dependent upon workload and performance.

Closes on March 12, 2008

Grantwriting Workshop: NIH R01 Grants

There are still some openings in the Research Funding Service health services R01 grant writing workshop on Tuesday, March 18th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

In this workshop we will cover general principles of grantsmanship, strategies for writing a winning grant proposal, and the psychology of grant review. To illustrate these principles, we will review a successful NIH R01 grant. The grant selected for this workshop is from the field of health services.

Questions often asked include: "Is this workshop right for me?" and "Will I get anything out of this workshop when my area of research is not the same as the sample grant?"
Answer: This workshop is targeted toward junior faculty and senior postdoctoral fellows, however, any UW investigator will benefit. Most of the workshop covers general principles that are applicable to all grant writers. The grant is critiqued against a checklist that the attendee can use later for his or her own grant, and the same checklist is appropriate for all R01 grants independent of topic.

To register for this workshop, please follow the link to the RFS website: Once you register, you will receive a confirmation along with location and room information. If you can't attend this session, there will be an additional grant writing workshop later this spring. For questions, please email or call 206.685.8036. Workshops are open to current faculty, staff, and students.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.To request disabilities accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY 206.685.7264 (FAX) or

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Research Assistant - Health Sciences

Research Assistant Positions - Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health and Community Medicine

We are listing one or more RA positions for the spring and summer quarters. Undergrads w/ experience in software development can contact us about similar opportunities.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical expertise to research projects in the University of Washington Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health and Community Medicine, through development and implementation of web applications for the Clinical Informatics Research Group.

This position will be responsible for developing, installing, and maintaining various Web software components and integrating them into projects such as an electronic survey software used to obtain clinical assessments from patients. These components are generally cross-platform and include software development frameworks, databases (design and implementation), Web applications, Web servers, database drivers and related systems software such as security software, resource management functions and utilities, printing and graphics services, end-user query and reporting services, and communications libraries.

The complexities of the position are driven by the goal of the group to create new and innovative research grade computing systems, and apply them to novel domains in clinical medicine and population health. The members of our team work closely, with complementary skills, and each project involves integrating technical and domain information in novel ways, and resourcefully developing new methods and approaches to problem solving and creating systems to embody those solutions.

Required Qualifications:

Requires knowledge of Web/Internet standards, hardware and software technologies in either the LAMP/J (preferred) or .NET frameworks, with example technologies being HTTP, HTML, PHP, Perl, Java, Javascript, SQL, XML, ASP, C#, etc.
Experience in application design and development.
Experience with relational database technology, using MySQL, MS SQL Server, or equivalent.
Experience in web development using PHP, Java, perl, ASP (including .NET), or equivalent.
Experience using Unix/Linux operating systems, including Apache.
Demonstrated ability to resolve technical problems in an independent manner.
Proven ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Familiarity with healthcare delivery or clinical information systems.
Experience with administration of Unix/Linux operating systems.

Application Procedure: Send a brief letter/e-mail describing your interest and experience

Thank you,

Justin McReynolds
Technology Program Manager
Clinical Informatics Research Group
University of Washington

Monday, March 3, 2008

Graduate Assistant - Office of Sponsored Programs

Graduate Assistant - Office of Sponsored Programs
Search Req# 41750 for full listing

The Graduate Staff Assistant will conduct preliminary institution-wide fiscal and administrative evaluations related to outgoing subcontracts or subawards (hereinafter “subcontracts”); review request for subcontracts, especially subcontract modifications and prepare documents to facilitate the transfer of funds; and coordinate the close out process of all subcontracts, including the requirements for Exhibit D Close Out Certification.

This position has responsibility for a wide range of subcontract duties including preparing subcontracts and subcontract modifications, ensuring compliance with sponsor and university policies, conducting subcontract negotiation, and acting as liaison between sponsors, faculty and department administrators.

Responsible for issuing subcontract modifications and in some cases subcontracts to ensure completeness, reasonableness and accuracy; the position will conduct administrative review of allowability of costs including cost sharing requirements, facilities and administrative costs, benefit-loading rates, and subcontract proposals; and ensure appropriate review for compliance with human subjects, animal use, conflict of interest regulations and policies. Will interact with a variety of funding agencies using various electronic systems.

Closes on 3/17/08

Teaching Assistant - Info 100:Fluency in Information Technology

Teaching Assistant - Information School
INFO 100: Fluency in Information Technology

We are seeking applicants for a TA position for the undergraduate informatics course INFO 100: Fluency in Information Technology. (This class is also cross-listed with CSE 100.) This is an introductory course focusing on the skills, concepts, and capabilities necessary to effectively use information technology. This course touches on such topics as logical reasoning, managing complexity, operation of computers and networks, and contemporary applications such as effective Web searching and database manipulation, ethical aspects, and social impacts of information technology.

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following duties: attend lectures, conduct lab section meetings, facilitate discussions, hold extra review sessions for exams, obtain room for review sessions, request or acquire necessary equipment, hold regular office hours, tutor students, manage and respond to course-related e-mail, prepare and maintain webpage for course materials, develop and maintain electronic bulletin boards, discussion sites, etc., prepare and grade assignments, prepare test questions, proctor and score exams, maintain grading records, prepare and maintain course attendance records, calculate quarter grades, request student assessments for course, attend instructor/TA meetings, act as liaison between student and professor, prepare and present lecture materials, prepare overheads, prepare handout materials, review literature, place course materials on library reserve.

Teaching assistants should have a strong interest in working with computer novices and demonstrated skills or experience teaching computer skills. Proficiency in the course content is necessary – logical reasoning, managing complexity, database manipulation, operation of computers and networks – etc. Prior TA experience preferred.

This position will average 20 hours per week. This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30-1:20, from March 31st through June 13th. TAs must attend all classes, be available to lead 2 labs per week and hold regular weekly office hours. Specific lab assignments to be designated by instructor by first day of class. Lab days, times, and locations include the following:

Section 1 - Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-4:20 MGH 030
Section 2 - Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30-2:20 MGH 030
Section 3 - Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30-3:20 MGH 030
Section 4 - Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:20 MGH 430
Section 5 - Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30-2:20 OUG 101
Section 6 - Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30-3:20 OUG 101

This position is open to all University of Washington students. Undergraduate students will be compensated at a competitive hourly rate DOE. Masters level students are eligible for tuition waiver and benefits (percentage of tuition covered is dependent upon the program the student is enrolled in). Questions regarding salary and benefits should be directed to Crystal Yost, Human Resources Coordinator Successful student must be enrolled for a minimum of 10 credits spring quarter 2008 to be eligible.

To apply
Please include a cover letter describing your skills and experiences relevant to position.
Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments.

Please submit all application materials to Crystal Yost at or to Mary Gates Hall, Suite 370, no later than noon on Monday, March 10th. All candidates will be contacted within two weeks of closing date.

Note: This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans are encouraged to apply.

Closes on 3/10/08