Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Division has an opening for a Scientific Engineering Associate (SEA) to join the team.
The successful candidate will be the primary point of contact for coordinating, managing workflows for and processing user-science projects for the DNA Synthesis group. The SEA will be responsible for performing laboratory activities by applying molecular biology and laboratory automation knowledge and skillsets to the processing of user-science projects. In this position, the SEA will interact with external JGI collaborators, vendors, and other experts to identify and generate solutions towards the needs of the group. Additionally, the successful candidate will provide critical input on new protocols and methods to identify molecular and bioinformatic workflow efficiency improvements.
What You Will Do:
Perform the necessary laboratory activities, molecular biology, operation of laboratory automation, project tracking in LIMS, and sequencing QC of DNA constructs/libraries as required for the successful and timely completion of user projects.
Provide project/laboratory management support to the DNA synthesis platform by cataloging and documenting all incoming reagents, vectors, resources, etc. towards the organization and streamlining of user-science projects for the group.
Catalogue all completed projects and DNA constructs in appropriate databases towards future dissemination as required.
Serve as the primary point of contact for interactions between the DNA synthesis group and the Project Management Office (PMO).
Interact with JGI users in conference calls and contribute to the design of user projects.
Provide critical feedback on molecular workflows and new technologies including the integrated robotic platform for high throughput DNA synthesis as well as bioinformatic solutions by interacting with staff both within the group and other JGI groups; participate in cross-team and cross-group collaborative projects within the JGI.
Continuously provide input and suggestions in processing protocols, reagents and new automation protocols.
Produce documentation and SOP's for all technology and optimization projects.
Present project updates in group meetings and provide regular updates on process optimization and development efforts.
What is Required:
B.S. degree in Biology, Molecular Biology, Synthetic Biology or related discipline or equivalent experience, and extensive professional experience in methods of DNA assembly and management of projects.
Technical expertise and demonstrated experience in DNA assembly methods and troubleshooting and DNA sequencing methods.
Ability to operate, troubleshoot and maintain automated lab instrumentation.
Demonstrated experience in project management.
Strong analytical skills to effectively evaluate data and make recommendations.
Excellent and effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; ability to interact collaboratively with staff at all levels of the organization.
Must demonstrate efficient time management skills and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as part of a diverse team environment.
Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills to independently make sound judgments and creative solutions to complex problems.
Detail-oriented with strong organizational and record-keeping skills.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 23, 2020.
This is a full-time career appointment.
M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
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: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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