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Scientist II

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Posted: 06/29/2023 Employment Type: Contract Job Category: Scientific Job Number: 573299 Is job remote?: No Country: United States

Job Description


This is a lab-based position with 100% of the time required to be on-site in Pleasanton. The candidate must be able to work in a cross-functional, collaborative, and fast-paced team environment. Background in molecular biology and experience in handling RNA samples is required. Hands-on experience with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) RNA library preparation is highly desired.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Works independently with general management direction, conduct hands-on laboratory experiments independently, and apply advanced scientific knowledge to complete assigned tasks and projects
  • Performs nucleic acid extraction, NGS library preparation, and contributes to optimization of output for downstream processing, including next generation sequencing.
  • Operates nucleic acid analysis instruments for quality and quantity assessments; this includes qPCR instruments, fluorimeters, Agilent Bioanalyzer and TapeStation.
  • Accurately and consistently records experimental methods, materials, and results in the laboratory notebooks
  • Assesses results for applicability, validity, and conformance to the set requirements
  • Summarizes experimental results and reviews conclusions with supervisor/project leader
  • Keeps supervisor/project leader informed of project status, particularly of significant findings and results in critical problem areas
  • Writes test protocols and implements and executes them to verify the assay performance

Educations and Skills:
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Biological/Life Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry or related field with a minimum of 2 years of hands-on lab experience.
  • Strong laboratory proficiency and experience with molecular techniques and concepts is required.
  • Expertise/experience in NGS RNA sample/library preparation workflow and running Illumina sequencers is highly desirable
  • Expertise/experience in any robotic liquid handling instruments such as Hamilton, Tecan, Agilent, etc. is desirable.
  • Ability to reproducibly follow laboratory protocols (given the proper training)
  • Ability to work in a GXP laboratory environment
  • Comfortable with loading automated liquid handlers and common laboratory equipment (vortexer, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, fluorometers, etc.)
  • Must have good written, and oral communication skills and comfortable with using Google and Microsoft office software suites
  • Comfortable working in an office/laboratory setting (in person)
  • Exhibits good time management practices

Pay Rate Range: $40-55/hr 
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