Scientist Genomics

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
Job Location
Saudi Arabia
Job Description

The Genomics Team at the Bioscience Core Lab supports genetics and genomics research projects at KAUST and externally. The group has state-of-the-art platforms within third-generation-sequencing, NGS, qPCR and single-cell genomics.

The person in this role works closely with the team lead, other members of the core unit and the Bioscience Core Lab Director.

She/he will be responsible for managing own projects, and projects together with the lead and the rest of the team. Projects will be focused on method developments, implementation and optimization incl. assay assessments. Furthermore there will be interactions with the users involving discussions about their research projects and user trainings.

She/he will be coaching and mentoring technicians with regard to execution of projects, laboratory protocols/assays and documentation. 

She/he must stay up-to-date with technologies and also communicate knowledge obtained from external sources to members of the core unit and beyond.

Current technologies by the genomics team: HiSeq, NextSeq, MiSeq, PacBio, Biomark HD, Fluidigm C1 and Sanger sequencing

Establish, monitor and complete execution of  projects together with team lead, scientists, technicians and others successfully

Ensure release of  excellent quality data for genetic and genomic research projects at KAUST and for external

Review and complete project relevant documentation. Collaborate with technicians and others on this task.

Development, implementation and assessment of new assays for NGS and other technologies on a need basis

Establish and maintain an excellent level of quality in terms of procedures and documentation

Work in close collaboration with the bioinformatics team for data infrastructure, data management, primary analysis and assay assessment

Coach, mentor and train technical staff in terms of projects and new assays/technologies

Take actively part in and responsibility for own personal development and contribute with suggestions for the development of the laboratory

Stay-up-to-date with the newest technologies


Expansion of knowledge to other technologies or scientific challenges

Presentation of project results to internal and external audiences


PhD in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related discipline

Experience in molecular biology methods with an emphasis on Next Generation Sequencing

Experience with single-cell genomic is beneficial

Experience with protocol development and optimization of experiments

 Experience with coaching and mentoring others

Expertise in generation of excellent Next Generation Sequencing libraries and data

In-depth understanding of NGS assays

High degree of technical competence, accuracy and good laboratory manners

Confidence and ability to interface with the scientific community on a high level

Very good interpersonal skills. Interacting well with collaborators, other colleagues and in teams

Eager to cross-train other group members and training of students

Excellent communication and presentation skills

Fluent in English - oral and written

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