The Infectious Disease Laboratory Branch (IDLB) is currently seeking highly motivated Microbiologists to join the Genomics Center group. In this role, the candidate will work collaboratively and cross-functionally with colleagues to execute Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) workflows that support the surveillance, diagnostics, and research efforts of the California Department of Public Health.
This role will be part of a team that will be involved in all aspects of the NGS workflow including library preparation, targeted enrichment, and DNA sequencing.
The ideal candidate should have a broad scientific background and lab experience in molecular and cellular biology, understanding of sequencing technologies, and expertise in sequencing platforms such as Illumina and Oxford Nanopore. The position is in Richmond, CA.
Must submit a resume with the application.
Must be able to work flexible hours that may include weekends and holidays.
If hired for this position, applicant will be required to provide proof of full vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start date; or have a valid religious or medical reason qualifying the applicant for an exemption (that may or may not require accommodation). The applicant will need to have the qualifying exemption.
Participate in all aspects of NGS workflow including sample preparation, library generation, DNA sequencing and data generation.
Operate and maintain various laboratory instrumentation, including NGS sequencers, Liquid Handlers, and PCR/qPCR machines.
Develop and optimize methods and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for comprehensive DNA sequencing using short and long-read sequencing technologies.
Collaborate with a cross-functional teams to design and execute verification and validation studies for regulatory submissions.
Collaborate with researchers across the organization to plan and execute experiments studying pathogens of public health importance.
Perform work according to established internal safety and quality guidelines and procedures, and as specified by appropriate external regulatory agencies (e.g., OSHA, CLIA, FDA).
Maintain supplies in the laboratory and ensures proper cleanliness and sanitation in accordance with Good Clinical and/or Good Laboratory practices.
Summarize experimental results, and review conclusions with research supervisors/project leaders.
Ability to assist with other IDLB activities/testing in other sections to enhance capacity during laboratory surges.
Broad scientific background in molecular and cellular biology, understanding of sequencing technologies, and expertise in sequencing platforms such as Illumina and Oxford Nanopore.
Experience or proficiency in molecular biology techniques such as NGS library preparation, target enrichment, DNA amplification/purification, DNA quantitation/characterization (Qubit, TapeStation, NanoDrop, qPCR machines), etc.
Experience working in a sequencing or genomics core facility and operating various sequencing platforms (e.g., Illumina, PacBio, Oxford Nanopore).
Experience with high-throughput laboratory automation computational skills, or basic understanding of programming language is a plus.
Ability to conduct and report on scientific experiments while maintaining careful attention to detail, safety, and good laboratory practices.
Strong communication skills, self-motivation, and proven ability to work independently and in cross-functional teams.
Excellent organizational, prioritization and planning skills to ensure projects are complete under established deadlines and timelines.
Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with course work in chemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology.
Possession of a Public Health Microbiologist certificate or eligibility for the Public Health Microbiologist training program, preferred.
Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
Ability to work independently and adapt to varied work settings.
Ability to work effectively with a team of diverse individuals.
Ability to multi-task and work effectively under pressure.
Handling / Fingering Frequently
Reach Outward Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally
Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally
Lift / Carry Occasionally - Up to 30 lbs
Push/Pull Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
Taste/ Smell Not Applicable
Not Applicable Not required for essential functions
Occasionally (0 - 2 hrs/day)
Frequently (2 - 5 hrs/day)
Constantly (5+ hrs/day)
General office and laboratory setting, indoors, temperature controlled
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