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Research Associate, Synthetic Biology

Employer
National Resilience
Location
La Jolla, California, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Genetics, Biology
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Position Summary

This role will be responsible for performing, analyzing, and documenting experiments to support mammalian synthetic biology R&D programs inside of Resilience. They will work closely to assist scientists and engineers to develop and test workflows and hypotheses. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully carrying out laboratory SOPs independently. This role requires excellent verbal and written communication.

Job Responsibilities
  • Working with scientists and engineers, perform genome engineering and read-out experiments.
  • Perform cell-based and in-vitro experiments on new gene and protein designs.
  • Track new techniques and technologies in the field of synthetic biology (i.e. inducible promotors, kill-switches, and novel functionality).
  • Prepare presentations and present scientific topics and experimental methods you are working on.
  • Help develop and pilot new laboratory protocols and standard operating procedures with the research team.
  • Maintain clear documentation of experimental setup, reagents used, and data generated using best practices and electronic laboratory notebooks.
  • Assist in organzing electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) contents and laboratory information management systems (LIMS)contents.
  • Perform routine laboratory operations: order and organize laboratory supplies, coordinate cell line management, dispose of dispose of biological and chemical waste; track research team laboratory trainings;
  • Participate in daily Agile stand-ups and weekly sprints with other members of the research team.


Qualifications
  • B.S or M.S. in a biology-related field (e.g. molecular biology, genetics, synthetic biology, immunology, bioengineering).
  • 3+ years of wet lab experience including operating scientific instrumentation such as thermocyclers, fluorescent microscopes, and gel electrophoresis systems.
  • Significant experience in bacterial and mammalian cell culture systems and trained in aseptic technique.
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly productive in a fluid, fast-paced and teamwork environment.


Preferred Experience
  • Experience in designing DNA and RNA sequences (plasmids and maps, primers, guide RNA, siRNA).
  • Experience with organism design, systems biology, or cell modeling & simulation.
  • Experience in preparing, running, and analyzing plate-based continuous and end-point functional assays.
  • Experience in interfacing with laboratory automation (e.g. automated liquid handlers) and data analysis software.
  • Experience with coding and running bioinformatics scripts (Python, numpy, scipy, pandas, jupyter).
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