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SoundBio Lab seeks several volunteer Course Instructors and Course Assistants to deliver Lab Skills Courses in 2024 and 2025.

Course Instructors will deliver one of several courses with an established curriculum. Each course runs 4-6 weeks with 2-3 hour weekly sessions. The Course Instructor is responsible for the primary instruction and demonstration within each session, but each Instructor will have an Assistant. Dates and times are flexible and can be adjusted to fit the Instructor’s schedule.

Course Assistants will either aid a Course Developer with piloting a new course or a Course Instructor to deliver a curriculum that SoundBio Lab has already developed. In both cases, the Course Assistant’s primary role is to help set up and clean up each session, direct students between activities, provide one-on-one student instruction, and perform other additional support tasks as necessary. If working under a Course Developer, they will also collaborate to evaluate the effectiveness of and engagement with the curriculum and provide feedback toward potential changes.


  • Comprehensive understanding of general wet lab safety procedures.
  • Expertise in the topic(s) covered in the course.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in laboratory techniques taught in the course.
  • Previous laboratory teaching or mentoring experience is highly desirable.
  • Post-secondary education in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, microbiology, or equivalent professional experience is highly preferred.

Maximum 4 hours per week for 4 to 6 weeks.

Who should apply?
We understand that part of how inequality is perpetuated in STEM is the lack of opportunities for education and career development provided to marginalized groups - including people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and people from working-class backgrounds. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities and members of other marginalized communities.


Course Descriptions:

Course Descriptions:

Metabarcoding for Microbial Ecology (Pilot - Q3 2024): This course will provide an introduction to the use of molecular techniques in microbial ecology. During the course, students will explore different kinds of microbes from all three domains of life then learn how to extract genomic DNA, perform a PCR experiment, and analyze NGS sequence data. Duration: 5 weeks.

CRISPR Biotechnology (Q4 2024): This course aims to introduce students to the history and applications of CRISPR-Cas technology with hands-on learning experiences. Using E. coli as a model system, students will silence expression of a fluorescent protein through two different CRISPR-based tools. Through this course, students will learn how to use molecular visualization tools, introduce synthetic DNA into a cell, purify DNA from a cell, and interpret DNA sequencing data. Duration: 5 weeks.

Microbiology Essentials (Q1 2025): Participants will receive an introduction to foundational techniques and concepts in Microbiology in this course. Students will complete two workflows-microbial isolation and a gram stain-while learning about selective and indicative media and proper sterile technique. Duration: 4 weeks.



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About SoundBio Lab


1100 NE 47th St, #103, Seattle, WA 98109, US

Mission Statement

SoundBio Lab is a community of amateur and professional science enthusiasts dedicated to promoting science education, providing access to biotechnology, and fostering self-learning in order to promote science understanding and inspire the next generation of scientists.


SoundBio is a small DIY biology focused, volunteer run organization in Seattle. We provide workshops and resources to help spread the DIY biology movement and inspire scientific curiousity. SoundBio sits on three mission-critical legs: building community within DIY biology, enhancing and promoting public science, and facilitating public access to biotechnology equipment and space.

Each person and their ideas at SoundBio is treated with respect to foster inclusiveness and enthusiasm for science.


Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


1100 Northeast 47th Street#103Seattle, WA 98105



  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Science
  • Research




  • Must be at least 16
  • Maximum 4 hours per week for 4 to 6 weeks.

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