Research Associate, Genomics
Job Description The Research Associate will join the AGT-Genomics group to provide support for the next generation sequencing team. Support will include preparation of next generation sequencing libraries, quality control of products for sequencing, and operation of next generation sequencing instrumentation. Duties/Responsibilities This position will operate and maintain next generation sequencing platforms, as well as provide QC and molecular biology support for next generation sequencing when needed, including operation of sample prep automation for DNA and RNA-seq applications. Typical duties will include maintenance and loading of Illumina instruments, real time QC of sequencing runs, QC of DNA fragment libraries for sequencing, and inventory management for next generation sequencing reagents. The Research Associate will work with the supervisor and other members of the production team to plan and process samples according to experiment priority. Responsibilities will include identification of sample or instrument issues, maintenance of accurate lab notebooks and LIMS entries, and communication of sample progress to the team.Qualifications:Educational Qualifications Desired Bachelors Degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related field and a minimum of 2 years of related research experience, or equivalent amount of relevant education and experience. Competencies and Experience Desired Experience and working knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques such PCR, gel electrophoresis, and nucleic acid characterization are desired. Experience working in medium to high throughput environments and knowledge of next generation sequencing platforms, specifically Illumina, would be an asset. The ability to work independently based on sample and project deadlines, identify problems and communicate them to supervisors in a timely manner is required.
Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and good computer skills are essential. Experience with DNA analysis tools and statistics are desirable.