Scientific Engineering Associate (Sample Management & Library Group Lead)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Location
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Job Description

Scientific Engineering Associate (Sample Management & Library Group Lead) - 82732

Organization: JG-Joint Genome Institute


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Position Summary:

The Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI, a division of Berkeley Lab) has an exciting opportunity for a Scientific Engineering Associate to lead the Sample Management & Library Group. Reporting to the Sequencing Technology Group Lead, this position will be responsible for providing multifunctional technical support and guidance, applying scientific concepts and practices to oversee the day-to-day activities of the team. 


Specific Responsibilities:

• Manage day-to-day library production pipeline including planning, scheduling and coordinating as well as sample management, library creation, library QC and submission of libraries via integrated tracking system.

• Develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures and optimize laboratory protocols.

• Understand sequencing data output, troubleshoot for process failures and provide resolution to technical problems.

• Coordinate implementation of new technology or new protocols into production.

• Prepare experimental plans, analyze results and present the findings. 

• Utilize technical scientific concepts and Lab policies and procedures to troubleshoot a variety of problems to improve library/ data quality.

• Work closely with software developers to establish Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) to support new protocols/workflow or to improve/ streamline existing workflow in the tracking system.

• Familiar with the tracking system, provide training to the group members and provide useful input to the informatics team to improve the performance.

• Assist with the technology transfer of automation for existing library protocols

• Participate in cross-team and cross-group collaborative projects in the Sequencing Technology Group.

• Stay current on new technology trends and attend various group meetings to discuss and evaluate new technologies.

• Interact with program managers to track samples and provide technical write-up to JGI user community.


Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in a life science field and a clear understanding and extensive experience with high-throughput sequencing, genomics and/or other biological programs or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Proficiency utilizing high-throughput automated systems and equipment and proficiency in process optimization methodologies.

• Demonstrated substantial knowledge and expertise in electronics and / or laboratory technology.

• Judgment and expertise in identifying and resolving moderately complex and broad-reaching conflicts and problems,

• Prioritization and teamwork skills to work effectively with diverse technical, scientific and operational teams. 

• Ability to effectively supervise and provide direction, training, guidance and performance manage a diverse team.

• Proven ability to work independently to design, develop, implement, monitor and complete projects/work assignments.

• Experience sufficient to effectively hire, train, coach and performance manage employees.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to write clear and concise technical descriptions.

• Competence in organizing and presenting reports to collaborators, JGI staff, management, and sponsors.

• Effective interpersonal skills necessary for working in a diverse team environment.

• Strong computer experience including strong database skills and use of the internet, email, and standard office software.

• Detail oriented, excellent record keeping, organization skills and follow through.

• Excellent customer service experience and proven experience working with internal and external staff, collaborators, external users of genomic/sequencing data, and end users. 


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



• This is a 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of renewal and with the possibility of conversion to career.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) — 2800 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek, CA

• This position requires completion of a background check.


How To Apply

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