Research Associate

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - San Francisco Bay Area, CA4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $51,000 - $68,000 a year
Berkeley Lab’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Research Associate. Under supervision, you will be responsible for performing production and research assignments related to various technology in next generation sequencing (NGS) library construction and tasks necessary to meet the goals of the large-scale genome, transcriptome and epigenome characterization efforts. Responsibilities will include sample quality evaluation, sequencing library construction and quality evaluation, and library submission using JGI LIMS systems. You will be responsible for understanding the latest sequencing technologies, support new technology development, and implement new protocols for JGI sequencing platforms. You will also troubleshoot process failures and participate in optimization of protocols. Emphasis will be placed on meeting library production goals as well as conducting research and development (R&D) experiments.

What You Will Do:
Perform work assignments to create various types of sequencing libraries from samples (DNA, RNA, chromatin or cell/nuclei) from JGI users’ including prokaryote, eukaryote, and environmental samples.

Interpret QC results and implement modifications as needed.

Follow up with accurate data entry into LIMS system.

Evaluate library quality and identify causes of failure and propose solutions.

Coordinante general library development issues relating to production needs, identify areas of improvement and offer feedbacks.

Troubleshoot & optimize current library construction protocols to meet scientific research goals.

Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook: document any deviations from established protocols.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Take lab tasks to help workflow and maintain equipment.

Maintain a clean and safe working environment.

Design and perform experiments, summarize results, and provide conclusions on R&D projects under general supervision.

Attend and present project progress in group meetings.

Research articles and literature to explore new techniques or applications.

What is Required:
Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, genetics or related life science field.

Demonstrated experience with laboratory and molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid purification, DNA cloning, PCR. Previous NGS library preparation and sequencing experience is preferred but not required.

Good understanding of how scientific principles apply to problem being studied.

Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot problems.

Good analytical, record-keeping and organizational skills necessary for working in a laboratory environment.

Effective communication skills to work in a research team environment with a diverse group of scientific and technical personnel.

Must demonstrate efficient time management skills and ability to multitasking in a fast-paced environment.

Moderate computer skills.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
Demonstrated ability to serve as a technical resource and recommend process improvements.

Experience in sequence data analysis/ interpretation.

Knowledge in gene expression, epigenetic regulations and plant or microbial genomics.

Knowledge of Environmental, Health and Safety, Security, Procurement and business management policies and procedures.

Experience with lab automation and data management.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

This is a full time, career appointment.

Full-time, M-F, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.

This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

Work will be primarily performed at DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) — 2800 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, CA.

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