Lab Assistant

J. Craig Venter Institute
Job Location: 
La Jolla, CA


Job Description: 

The J. Craig Venter Institute (“JCVI”), a not-for-profit research institute dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics is seeking a part-time laboratory assistant to join our Microbial and Environmental Genomics group in our San Diego office. The Lab Assistant will work closely with an interdisciplinary team to conduct analytical protocols, assist with reactor construction, cultivate and characterize microbial cultures, prepare media, and assist with other general lab jobs.


Successful candidates will be working towards a Masters or Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, chemical engineering or other relevant discipline. Candidates must have good troubleshooting capabilities, a high level of initiative, an ability to work with minimum supervision, flexibility to handle a variety of tasks, and be able to shift priorities quickly. Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required.

Contact Information: 

JCVI offers an excellent working environment and a competitive benefit package. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit our website at Equal Opportunity Employer AA M/F/Vet/Disability

About Our Organization: 

For more than two decades Dr. J. Craig Venter and his research teams have been pioneers in genomic research. The revolution began in 1991 when at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Venter and his team developed expressed sequence tags (ESTs), a new technique to rapidly discover genes. Dr. Venter and his colleagues then started a new kind of not-for-profit research institute, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). With the freedom to pursue any number of exciting avenues in the burgeoning field of genomics, the team decided to use their new computing and computational tools, as well as new DNA sequencing technology, to sequence the first free living organism, Haemophilus influenzae in 1995. With this advance, the floodgates of genomics were opened. TIGR went on to sequence and analyze more than 50 microbial genomes. Dr. Venter and some from his team moved into mammalian genomics and sequenced some of the most important model organisms including the fruit fly, mouse and rat. The world's attention was perhaps most keenly focused on the sequencing and analysis of one genome — the human — which was published in 2001 by Dr. Venter and his team at Celera Genomics