NGS Sample and Library Prep Technician

University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA4.3

Part-timeEstimated: $36,000 - $50,000 a year
Organizing and taking inventory of lab supplies, unboxing and storing of lab supplies, instrument maintenance (generally running wash procedures or automated calibrations), and especially NGS sample preparation, QC, and Illumina NextSeq500 instrument operation.

Additionally, the ideal candidate may be asked to participate in guided, original research for the optimization of Next Generation DNA Sequencing workflows at the NGS lab such as incubation optimization research, product comparisons and shelf-life/expiration research for various reagent kits in the lab.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):
B.Sc. in a relevant field and 1 year of applicable work experience OR a thesis-based M.Sc. with research in a relevant area
The candidate should have extensive experience with micro-pipettors from 1 ul – 1000 ul volumes.
The candidate will share lab space in proximity to users from outside companies so the candidate will need to conduct themselves in a professional and discreet manor to reflect positively on the University and Core Facilities.
The candidate will also need to be able to work independently with minimal supervision

Additional Considerations:
Time commitment: 20 to 25 hours per week (5 hours per day), prefer 9am-2pm, prefer Monday-Thursday but schedule can be flexible if needed. Possibility of extending this position based on growth and workload in the lab.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with multiple library preparation procedures (KAPA, Illumina, Lexogen etc.)
Experience handling sensitive DNA and RNA samples
Experience using an Agilent Bioanalyzer, Qubit Fluorometer, and qPCR for DNA quantitation
Experience working independently on an original research project
An understanding of Bioinformatics tools to analyze genomic data is a plus (Illumina BaseSpace, Galaxy, NCBI)
An understanding of PERL, R, or Python are also a plus

Special Instructions to Applicants:
This is a temporary, part-time, non-benefited, non-unit position. 20 to 25 hours per week (5 hours per day), prefer 9am-2pm, prefer Monday-Thursday but schedule can be flexible if needed.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applicants are received.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.