The Jackson Laboratory

Genomic Technologist

Job Locations US-CT-Farmington
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/26/2020 12:13 PM)
Job ID
2020-27938
Category
Research Associate, Research Assistant and Technician/Technologist 

Summary

Excellent opportunity to join the Genome Technologies team at JAX at our campus in Farmington, Connecticut!  Working under minimal supervision from the manager of Genome Technologies, the incumbent is responsible for testing, developing, streamlining, improving and implementing protocols (new or existing) using cutting-edge nucleic acid and library preparation, next generation sequencing (NGS) and associated technologies. The incumbent will work directly with the research and clinical labs to provide services and training. Responsibilities include testing new protocols, preparing biological samples,constructing genomic libraries and operating NGS technologies. Good knowledge in molecular biology and strong hands-on skills are critical in protocol development and implementation. Experience in automation and protocol/process scale-up highly desired, as is direct experience with operating Illumina sequencers (HiSeq, NextSeq, MiSeq) and/or PacBio Sequencers. Strong interpersonal and written and oral communications skills are required. In addition, a Technologist III will be responsible for mentoring and training other members of the lab.

Responsibilities

  • Isolate DNA and RNA, QC samples, construct and QC NGS libraries start and QC sequence runs. Troubleshoot to solve problems as they arise. Implement processimprovement to improve efficiency and minimize errors.
  • Test, develop, and implement new technologies and protocols, including automation where necessary. Document new protocols and write SOPs. Develop cost structure for new service deliverables.
  • Train laboratory staff members in new and existing SOPs.
  • Maintain project and sample information, protocols, and experimental details through the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in biological or chemical sciences with at least five years of experience in a molecular biology laboratory, or Master’s degree with at least three years of experience in a molecular biology laboratory.

• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and identify, prioritize, and plan activities necessary to meet projected goals.

• Good knowledge and hands-on skills on molecular biology is essential, and knowledge of NGS-based genomic research and related technologies is a plus.

• 2+years successful experience in developing and delivering training materials

• Positive team player

• Exceptional organizational and project management skills, including the ability to plan, schedule, and successfully carry out multiple projects at the same time to successful conclusion with minimal supervision

• Strong attention to experimental detail and process is critically required.

• Working experience in genomics focused laboratory and experience in data management, including laboratory information management systems (LIMS) is desired.

• Excellent written and verbal skills required for efficient communication in scientific details.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,200 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn., and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, Calif., and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

 

JAX Genomic Medicine is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX Genomic Medicine’s research focuses on the complex genetic causes of disease and on the development of genomic solutions tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup.

 

JAX Genomic Medicine sits on a 17-acre site on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center. The 183,500-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2014. Now, it houses over 300 biomedical researchers, technicians, and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories.

 

In Connecticut, JAX resides in the scenic town of Farmington, in the state’s capitol region. The Hartford region, which offers some of the best public schools in the country, is made up of both bigger cities and smaller, charming historic New England towns.  JAX Genomic Medicine is also geographically located within 2 hours of Boston and New York and is close to multiple transportation systems, including bus lines, highways, railroads and international airports.

 

JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!

 

Our Values:

INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right

PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results

INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us

 

What do we have to offer?

JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program and an onsite full service cafeteria.

 

Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.

 

Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, credit check, pre-employment physical, and an appropriate non-compete agreement.

 

The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

 

Learn more about career opportunities at JAX: http://www.jax.org/careers.

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