Lab Technician

Cramer Fish Sciences
West Sacramento, California, US
May 08, 2021
May 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The Genidaqs Laboratory is searching for a Laboratory "Lab" Technician with the right mix of genetic laboratory skills, environmental sampling experience, natural curiosity, and passion for the scientific process. This position is predominantly laboratory bench based, with occasional field days. The candidate should enjoy learning, developing, and applying genetic laboratory processes that use eDNA and genomic DNA to address environmental issues that affect fish and wildlife. The Genidaqs Lab is a business unit within Cramer Fish Sciences - a fisheries research consulting firm that serves the Pacific West. Genidaqs team members provide clients with access to cutting edge genetic- and molecular ecology-based techniques applicable to solving today's resource management issues. The Laboratory Technician supports the organization by assisting Genidaqs scientists in conducting laboratory work, field work, data collection, data synthesis and problem solving.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Laboratory work
    • Extract DNA from a variety of sample types (tissue, eDNA filters, swabs)
    • Perform PCR and Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
    • Maintain laboratory and field equipment
    • Monitor lab inventory (supplies, equipment, and consumables)
    • Maintain general laboratory cleanliness
  • Field work
    • eDNA sample collection
    • Boating and trailering
    • Tissue sample collection
    • Measuring and recording sample collection data, environmental conditions and geopositioning.
    • Work requires physical exertion
  • Logistic support
    • Purchasing
    • Shipping and receiving of consumables, equipment, and supplies

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (required):
  • Professional experience in DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, and DNA sequencing. The ability to perform molecular/genetic bench techniques using consistent and accurate pipetting skills.
  • Sample and Data Processing Skills. Demonstrated ability to collect, organize, and process data (Excel, sample archive software, Geneious, Vector NTI, or similar)
  • Comfortable with basic math and analyzing standard data sets.
  • Sampling Skills: Demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team collecting, recording, and synthesizing a variety of high-quality data sets from both laboratory and field projects/experiments.
  • Working knowledge of the scientific method and its application. Ability to formulate meaningful questions and propose thoughtful experiments.
  • Applied science balance. Demonstrated expertise and passion about science, natural resources and providing useable information for resolving complex problems.
  • Strong organization and communication skills, ability to express and exchange ideas.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines.
  • Follow established protocols, guidelines, methods, and procedures.
  • Accountable. Produce accurate, timely and quality work products.
  • Strong customer service ethic in delivery of services.
  • Positive energy as evidenced in an optimistic outlook, a sense of humor and a disposition to encourage.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite.

Preferred Experience
  • Advanced molecular biology techniques and understanding of genetic analysis.
  • Environmental science experience including freshwater ecology and fisheries.
  • Ability to run R scripts and ability to create R programming.

Education/Minimum Qualifications:
  • College degree with college level lab-based coursework in biological sciences or equivalent professional experience within a molecular/genetics laboratory.
  • Demonstrated skills in pipette use and PCR.
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection, entry, and analysis, developing graphs and communicating project methods and findings in presentations and reports

Compensation and Benefits:
  • Competitive base salary
  • Health and retirement benefits after 30 days of employment
  • Incentive bonus plan
  • Wellness benefit
  • CFS is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company

Cramer Fish Sciences is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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