Thank you for your interest in joining UW Biology!
Biology seeks to answer many of humanity's most open-ended questions and to continue making scientific breakthroughs by focusing on two critical resources — people and facilities. Among the attributes that make our department an attractive place to work, the effortlessly collaborative and collegial nature of what we do is perhaps the most compelling. Nurturing creative collaboration across the department and across disciplines has resulted in a tremendously productive department: we award more than 600 undergraduate degrees annually with fewer than 50 full-time faculty who bring in $10M annually in grant, contract, and gift funding to support research. The combination of our diverse, synergistic community and the opening of the Life Sciences Complex in 2018 will propel us further toward the cutting-edge of discovery and innovation. We aim to attract applicants most likely to embrace this ethos and thrive here at the University of Washington.
A Diverse Department
At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence and these values are reflected in the Department of Biology. We honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments and promote access and opportunity for all who come to learn and teach. In accordance with our diversity statement, we work towards an inclusive and welcoming departmental culture that recognizes and encourages individual differences, that fosters the constructive expression of ideas, and promotes shared values such as intellectual curiosity and creativity.
A Collaborative Department
UW Biology is one of very few departments in the country that is fully integrative across scales of time and organizational boundaries, studying the full range of biology from cellular structures to whole organisms in the past, present, and future. In order to maintain intellectual our department is made of broadly trained faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students who inherently take multifaceted approaches to their research. One third of UW Biology faculty hold joint appointments in other UW units and we have intellectual partnerships with colleagues at more than 50 other academic institutions worldwide, working in the natural and social sciences, engineering, medicine, law and business.
All qualified applicants to the Biology graduate program, for the Biology undergraduate major, or for employment as a UW employee in Biology (faculty, staff, postdoc, ASE, or hourly/student hourly position) will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
The Graduate and Postdoc Program Committee, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, and all search committees will review this policy before beginning deliberations and reviewing applications for admissions or employment.
We hope you consider joining Biology at the University of Washington!