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Scientist

San Francisco Metro Area, CA

Posted: 01/18/2019 Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -012019-23430
Description:
The Applications and Sequencing Prep group at RSS is looking for a motivated and team-oriented individual who is passionate about revolutionary sequencing technology. The Scientist will provide scientific excellence and guidance in sample preparation for the nanopore platform. The candidate will contribute to the optimization and development of sample preparation protocols that enable sequencing-based assays in a wide variety of applications. The candidate must be self-motivated, but also be able to work well in a team and with multiple lab groups.

Responsibilities:
Optimize workflows and reaction conditions for library and sequencing preparation protocols, to meet system performance specifications.
Perform hands-on assay development in a fast-paced environment
Perform analysis of experimental results.
Characterize assays on the RSS Nanopore sequencing platform
Work using best laboratory practices, maintaining well-organized and concise records of worked performed and results.

Experience and Education:
Bachelors in molecular biology, biology, cellular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or a related discipline preferred. Masters preferred.
Solid grounding in NextGen DNA sequencing, and experience performing and analyzing DNA sequencing experiments.
Demonstrated expertise in optimization of molecular biology reactions, including nucleic acid isolation, fragmentation, purification, enrichment, and ligation.
Experience with a wide variety of laboratory molecular biology techniques; gel analysis, western and southern blots, PCR, qPCR, nucleic acid and protein quantitation
Extensive experience running and debugging protocols and performing DNA, RNA, and Protein manipulations
Experience with computer databases, statistical software (JMP, Matlab), or computer programming languages (Python, R.) preferred
Outstanding lab bench skills and proven trouble shooting skills
Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated critical thinking
Meticulous attention to detail and excellent written and electronic record keeping skills
Strong oral and written communication skills
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