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Assay Development Scientist PhD

Intermountain Precision Genomics
Job Location
1380 East Medical Center Drive
St. George, UT 84790
Job Description

Intermountain Precision Genomics (IPG) uses genetic mapping to develop personalized treatment options for cancer patients.  Headquartered in St. George, Utah, we are able to analyze a patient's tumor DNA and identify mutations to determine why and how the tumor is growing, and most importantly, what can be done to treat it.

We are seeking a full-time Assay Development-Scientist to be responsible for supporting ongoing development and optimization of clinical genomics assays at Intermountain Precision Genomics lab and research lab that include medical technologists, scientists, clinicians, and administrators.

Job Essentials:

  • Consults with IPG leadership in review of current processes and practices to analyze their effectiveness and efficiency in providing quality patient care.
  • Develops and designs relevant studies (protocol writing, grant writing, data analysis, and interpretation) to improve clinical care within department.
  • Delivers clinical and scientific presentations to clinicians, staff, and other applicable personnel to build awareness of issues related to the IPG's focus and to educate on recommendations for changes or updates in processes or procedures.
  • Acts as a mentor to junior staff members and students.
  • Presents information in a comprehensive and understandable manner at relevant local and global conferences and represents Intermountain Healthcare by upholding its Mission, Vision, and Values.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or a related field of focus followed by postdoctoral training program related to field. Degree must be obtained through an accredited institution. Education is verified.
  • 3 years post/pre degree experience that includes extensive experience in NGS assay development covering DNA handling, manipulation, labeling strategies/chemistries.
  • In depth knowledge of NGS space and experience in hands on development and optimization of omics protocols, i.e., WGS/WES/DNA-seq and RNA-seq protocols and various target-enrichment approaches. Ability to identify, troubleshoot, learn and apply new technologies that can enhance NGS scope.
  • Experience in genomics panel development for oncology (solid and liquid) and other diseases, able to setup, troubleshoot, and operate related instruments without direct supervision. Works with the Principal Investigators/Lab Director to develop and execute the experiments. 
  • Experience with High throughput lab automation and NGS-sequencers, experience with Illumina’s sequencing platforms preferred with basic data analysis, management and interpretation knowledge.
  • Must be able to provide consultation; advising investigators on experimental design and advising research methods. 
  • Maintaining compliance with established laboratory safety procedures as well as maintaining clear and accurate laboratory quality control records.
  • Managing and executing laboratory experiments using established protocols as well as developing and validating new primary and secondary biochemical, cell and molecular-based assays. Drafting, revising, and releasing procedure and manuscripts.
  • Experience with other techniques like cell sorting using FACS is a big plus but not required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in cell culture and sterile technique.


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About Our Organization

Intermountain Cancer Genomics is a comprehensive service including: ◦DNA testing ◦Results interpretation ◦Drug procurement services We use next generation sequencing to identify actionable mutations that can be targeted with currently available therapeutics. We offer this service as part of our mission to deliver innovative healthcare solutions at the lowest appropriate cost. Intermountain Cancer Genomics is comprised of a group of internationally renowned physicians and scientists with expertise in cancer genomics.

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