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Scientist III (Molecular Biology)
Ref No.: 18-11637
Location: Austin, Texas
Scientist II or III, Molecular BiologyRequired responsibilities:Will apply technical knowledge to develop kits/reagents/instruments for nucleic acid purification from various sample types, which include FFPE, blood, plasma, cells and tissues Will conduct experiments and/or evaluation of specific productsWill contribute as a team member to meet pre-defined goals Modify experimental procedures to suit the particular needs of experimentsDevelop a hypothesis and then design the necessary set of experiments to test the hypothesis with limited guidanceAnalyze the data derived and explain the outcome of their experimentsHas expertise with one or two specific scientific procedures and areas of researchHas general textbook knowledgeMaintain accurate and detailed lab notebooks and appropriate documentation based on the scientific method enabling other scientists to reproduce their experimentsMay assist in preparing material for manuals, articles for the newsletter, patents or scientific publicationsPrepares regular reports documenting experimentsPresents research data and conclusions in 10-30 minute sessionsAbility to read a scientific paper, reproduce the experiments described and understand the conclusionsAble to exercise independent judgment within generally defined procedures, laboratory methods and techniquesAble to recognize need for deviation from set proceduresSkills and attributes:Strong laboratory and technical hands on skills required:Pipet and perform procedures reproduciblyPerform a dilution series to create a standard curvePerform lab calculations needed to make solutions from powder or from stock solutions and ability to make the buffers from recipesOperate most basic lab equipment such as computers, centrifuges, UV light box and camera, quantitation instruments, Agilent Bioanalyzer, PCR and qPCR instruments, plate reader.Routine experience with most common molecular procedures such as nucleic acid isolation, PCR, RT-PCR...Level of comfort with complex biological instrumentation such as microtomes and homogenizersFamiliarity with next-generation technologies such as library prep, sequencing, digital PCR. Working experience a plusExperience with nucleic acid purification automationExperience working with BSL2 sample typesStrong theoretical understanding of the proceduresBasic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet programs, powerpoint, e-mail and searching the internet.Creative and innovativeGood writing & presentation skillsStrong documentation skillsStrong organizational skillsWorks well in a team settingStrong multi-tasking skillsShows initiative by taking on new tasks, beyond what is generally expectedRequirements:Bachelors or Masters degree in Biological Science, chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical engineering or related field.At least 3 years laboratory experience in either academic or industry setting. Industrial experience in product development environment a plus.