Laboratory Technician

Updated: February 12, 2019
Job ID: 214584
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Laboratory Technician to support next-generation sequencing and genomic profiling methodologies in the Laboratory Core for the Collaborative Health Research Initiative Program (CHIRP) located at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CHIRP.  

CHIRP is a collaborative precision medicine research program between the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense with a focus on heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders. 

The Laboratory Technician will provide general molecular biology support including nucleic acid isolation, sequencing library preparation and maintenance of next-generation sequencing instrumentation.

Responsibilities:

  1. Isolates and makes quality control assessments nucleic acid from a wide range of sample types.
  2. Independently generates diverse types of sequencing libraries from nucleic acid samples
  3. Contributes to maintenance/washes of next generation sequencing instruments
  4. Provides general molecular biology support as required
  5. Makes detailed observations about project performance tasks; provides data analysis and interpretation
  6. Maintains clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks
  7. Assists or leads small scale research profiling projects utilizing Next Generation Sequencing workflows.
  8. Maintains supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of general molecular biology techniques; ability to follow basic instructions; and good communication/analytical skills.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Associate's degree in biology or related discipline, Bachelor's degree preferred
 
Minimum Experience:  1 - 3 years, 1 year specifically in next-generation  sequencing methodologies

Physical Capabilities: Periods of standing and sitting; handling various chemicals Work Environment: Laboratory environment

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.
 

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