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Research Associate

Company: The Translational Genomics Research Institute
Location: Flagstaff
Posted on: May 10, 2022

Job Description:

TGen, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, is an affiliate of City of Hope. We are an Arizona-based, nonprofit medical research institute dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life-changing results. We work to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases, including cancer, neurological disorders, infectious disease, and rare childhood disorders. The TGen Integrated Microbiomics Center (TIMC) is an efficient, cutting-edge, multi-omic microbiome research and service center that empowers clinicians and researchers to integrate microbiome analysis into mostly cancer-based research studies. The Center uses state-of-the-art sequencing technologies and bioinformatics tools, and delivers custom, interactive microbiome summaries that are directly interpretable, and which can optionally be used with collaborator-preferred tools for further downstream analysis. Additionally, the Center is partnered with the TGen North Clinical Laboratory, allowing for expansion into a CLIA diagnostic setting. Our lab is milestone-driven and integrates rigorous quality control that is critical for microbiome analysis. There is a plenty of opportunity to learn and train in our center. Every team member has an opportunity to be involved in experimental design and interpretation of results. Link to the lab page: https://www.tgen.org/patients/pathogen-microbiome/microbiome/Position SummaryUnder direct supervision, the Research Associate I (RA-I) performs a variety of experimental procedures, largely on patient samples, to support the microbiome analysis services. This position will also assist in general laboratory activities, including maintenance of instruments, stocking of supplies, as well as interacting with our LIMs computer system for sample and document tracking. The RA-I will be able to perform routine micro and molecular biology procedures including, but not limited to sample handling, DNA/RNA extraction, library preparation, PCR, qPCR, and sequencing. Duties and Responsibilities-- Performs a variety of routine laboratory tasks and procedures.-- Independently execute molecular biology protocols, specifically various NGS-based library preparation protocols, using established molecular biology techniques.-- Keeps accurate and detailed project records of experiments and results.-- Maintains lab equipment and related records.-- Transports, processes and logs samples.-- Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for routine protocols in the lab.-- Sample preparation and processing using established and new protocols.-- Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.-- Work closely other research staff to ensure that tasks are complete and deliverables are met in a timely manner..

RequirementsEducation -- Bachelor's degree in a science-related field (Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics). Preferred Qualifications-- One (1) year of experience in a biological sciences research laboratory. -- Experience with basic laboratory equipment (i.e. thermal cyclers, centrifuges) -- Understanding of laboratory techniques including PCR, sequencing, real-time PCR, tissue culture and bioinformatics. -- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.ApplicationAttach a letter describing your research interests and motivation to join our group. Include an academic CV detailing your past research experience. We will start reviewing applications immediately and until the position is filled. General Information:Flagstaff is a university town with a resident population of about 67,000, and is rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40. With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby environmental attractions include the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl. Flagstaff also has rich a rich history in scientific discovery and application from Lowell Observatory (where Pluto was discovered), the rich environmental resource setting, and a growing biotechnology sector that includes TGen and Gore and Associates (a global leader in medical device technology), to the numerous community and research partnerships with Northern Arizona University, a high research university. Notably, Flagstaff has been named America's First STEM Community.PM21PI177036727

Keywords: The Translational Genomics Research Institute, Flagstaff , Research Associate, Other , Flagstaff, Arizona

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