Helix is a rapidly growing population genomics company working at the intersection of clinical care, research, and genomics. Founded in 2015 with a mission to “empower every person to improve their life through their DNA”, our end-to-end population genomics platform enables health systems, life sciences companies, and payers to advance genomic research and accelerate the integration of genomic data into routine clinical care. Powered by one of the world’s largest CLIA / CAP next-generation sequencing labs and our proprietary Exome+® assay, we support all aspects of population genomics including recruitment and engagement, clinically actionable disease screening, return of results, and basic and translational research. We help our partners use genomics to improve health outcomes, increase patient engagement, lower costs, and drive cutting edge translational and clinical research. For the individual, we store and protect their DNA information so that they control their data and can use it throughout their lifetime in a variety of settings.

Leading health systems, including Renown Health, AdventHealth, and Mayo Clinic, use our population genomics platform to power some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing population genomics initiatives. We also collaborate with our health system partners to combine longitudinal EHR data with genomic data to optimize care across the health system. This proprietary clinico-genomic dataset, with recontactable individuals and actively enrolling programs, powers our life sciences segment and helps our life sciences partners bring innovative therapies to patients faster and more efficiently. 

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Helix is  leveraging its expertise and infrastructure to develop and deploy more scalable and sensitive COVID-19 testing as well as accelerate research on the influence of genetics on COVID-19 infection and severity.

We are searching for a highly motivated and team-oriented Research Assistant (RA) to support a wide variety of molecular biology, biochemical, and extraction techniques to support projects focused on viral infection. As an RA at Helix, you will work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment to perform robust, scalable COVID-19 testing, where you will perform testing with the overall goal of providing results that will be used for the assay development, diagnosis and management of COVID-19.

As a Research Associate, Research & Development you will:

  • Assist in running molecular assays and processes for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for use in a high throughput clinical laboratory. 
  • Perform routine tasks for the group
  • Execute experiments related to NGS assay
  • Provide technical guidance in the transfer of new processes and products from R&D to clinical production. 
  • Construct and execute controlled experiments to optimize processes to achieve commercial levels of stability, robustness, and performance. 
  • Use systematic problem-solving methods to troubleshoot complex issues related to assay quality, stability and robustness. 
  • Help to establish best practices for assay development in compliance with clinical lab quality regulations.
  • Document plans, processes and results accordingly. 
  • Perform basic analyses of experiments, processes, identify gaps and deficiencies. 
  • Present clear and concise written and oral communications to colleagues and supervisors, lead and/or participate in technical meetings, and provide recommendations based on technical results. 
  • All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional tasks and responsibilities.

Required background:

  • Bachelor or foreign degree equivalent in Biological Science or related plus 1 year laboratory experience
  • Will accept a Master’s degree or foreign degree equivalent in Biological Science or related plus 1 year laboratory experience
  • Molecular biology background is essential, such as experience in PCR, qPCR, DNA and RNA work, as well as the knowledge of dilution and reagent preparation.

Strong candidates demonstrate:

  • NGS background including library preparation and sequencing is advantageous

Highly Desirable:

  • NGS background including library preparation and sequencing is advantageous

 

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