The Senior Research Associate will focus on molecular projects with emphasis on performing assays and working with Scientists and relevant personnel on assay design and development, validation, and clinical sample processing in a timely manner. Perform assays and/or analyses according to SOPs and support development of new procedures and improvement of existing SOPs. Work together with assigned laboratory staff to ensure efficient organization, quality, development and execution of project(s). Duties also include recording and reporting results, preparation of samples and reagents, and maintenance of equipment as applicable.
Essential functions of the job include but are not limited to:
Demonstrate independent thought and success in technical proficiency in more than one area, pay attention to detail, and collaborate with others.
Independently plan and conduct molecular assays.
Support the development and implementation of molecular scientific services to fulfill the Translational Research needs of Precision customers.
Plan and conduct assays, such as NGS, ddPCR, qPCR, nanoString, DNA and RNA extractions, as needed.
Work with Scientists and relevant personnel in the design, performance and analysis of experiments, as applicable.
Perform research and development activities to support new product development.
Perform assay development, validation or clinical sample processing, as needed.
Operate and maintain equipment as needed.
Work with managers and team members to develop project timelines and meet milestones.
Assist in the training of new and existing laboratory staff in accordance with SOPs.
Assist in establishing and improving all procedures and required SOP documentation.
Evaluate opportunities for revision of SOPs and make necessary recommendations to improve efficiency and quality.
Perform QC analyses to ensure that results meet specifications. Monitor assays and troubleshoot, as appropriate.
Maintain and support safe lab practices and environment
Assist with writing, reviewing and editing reports, as appropriate
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Biology, Chemistry, Life Sciences, or related field of study.
4 years’ related laboratory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in molecular biology, genomics or bioinformatics, preferably in next generation sequencing (NGS) (Illumina platform), quantitative PCR (qPCR), digital droplet PCR (ddPCR) and NanoString
Experience in DNA and RNA purification methods, and nucleic acid quantification
Ability to prioritize tasks and function in a team-oriented environment
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills required
Must possess strong computational skills, preferably experienced with Word, Excel, Power Point, GraphPad and Prism
Excellent use of judgment and discretion required
Extended work hours may be occasionally necessary in order to meet business demands
Ability to lift and carry between 1-15 lbs.; Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. overhead with assistance; frequently required to sit, grasp, and use right/left finger dexterity; May be exposed to a cold freezer environment (Freezer temperatures range between -20ºC -196ºC)
Must be able to read, write, speak fluently and comprehend the English language
Master’s in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cellular/Cancer Biology, Immunology or related fields
A solid understanding of current GLP and/or ISO/CAP/CLIA standards
Use of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
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