Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Duties: 40% Assay Development: Assist in developing and optimizing new assays, particularly PCRs; review literature, design experiments, statistically analyze results. The preferred candidate will be able to provide ideas and advice on improving laboratory efficiencies, and may assist in integrating automated equipment into a clinical laboratory setting. 25% - Perform complex multi-step laboratory procedures: Potential procedures include, Sanger sequencing, Next-generation sequencing, traditional (gel-based) PCR, real-time PCR, and nucleic acid extraction techniques. Prior experience in most of these areas is required. The position may require obtaining or maintaining proficiency testing in critical areas to assist in the event of an outbreak (i.e. high sample volumes). 20% - Quality Assurance duties: Identify and resolve non-conformances, write and maintain standard operating procedures, maintain equipment, participate in annual safety trainings, and maintain control of official documents; all of which are subject to routine audits. 5% - Outreach and personal development: The candidate may draft or co-author publications, give presentations, participate in grants, or travel for conferences and training opportunities. 5% - Lab Maintenance: The candidate will participate in routine lab meetings, assist with ordering, inventory maintenance, software updates, and general lab upkeep. 5% - Act as a back-up to other Molecular Development staff: Some tasks may include, drafting assay validation summaries, implementing new assays, routine wet-bench work (e.g. nucleic acid extraction, PCR, and sequencing).
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required Qualifications: BA/BS and 1 year of relevant work experience or a combination of education and experience to total 5 years.
Preferred Qualifications: Highly qualified candidates will be familiar with QPulse (quality management system) software, will have experience working in an AAVLD-accredited lab, will be familiar with Lab Information Management Systems (LIMS), and will have experience with NAHLN Proficiency Testing. Leadership training and supervisory experience is preferred. The candidate is expected to adhere to all standard laboratory safety requirements and maintain a safe working environment for themselves, co-workers, and laboratory visitors. Strong oral and written communication skills in English are required for this position.
Internal Number: 333553
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