Senior Research Associate (Sample Management)

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

Senior Research Associate (Sample Management) - 81371
Organization:  JG-Joint Genome Institute

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The Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) offers a unique opportunity to work with DNA and RNA samples from plants, fungal, microbial, and environment for downstream applications. The role is responsible for receiving, accessioning, evaluating, and preparing aliquots of DNA/RNA samples.

Under general supervision, the Senior Research Associate (Sample Management) will be responsible for receiving, accessioning, evaluating, and preparing aliquots of DNA and RNA samples from plants, fungal, microbial, and environment for downstream applications. This position reports to the Sample Management group Lead.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Solid molecular biology understanding of next generation sequencing sample preparation requirements and associated applications.
• Strong working knowledge on DNA/RNA extraction and quality evaluation methods for various organisms.
• Perform work assignments related to the sample acquisition process including receiving and tracking, evaluation of sample quantity and quality, aliquot making and sample shipment.
• Perform DNA/RNA extraction for model organisms used in technology development.  
• Operate automated robotics equipment for high-throughput sample processing, including maintenance.
• Develop efficient and streamlined automated workflow with the supports from Instrumentation Group.
• Participate in process optimization, improvement and validation as well as troubleshooting failures
• Maintain an accurate and detailed documentation for all evaluations.
• Write standard operating procedures (SOPs) and cross-train team members.

Additional desired responsibilities:
• Maintain a clean and safe working environment.
• Contribute to data, text in group publications.
• Assist group members in performing new molecular biology experiments and protocols.
• Research articles and literature to explore new techniques or applications.


Required Qualifications:
• B.S degree in Biology or related discipline preferred and two to five years of experience in a research laboratory or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with next generation sequencing sample preparation.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience utilizing high-throughput automated systems.
• Must demonstrate efficient time management skills and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
• Good analytical skills to effectively evaluate data and make recommendations.
• Excellent and effective interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; ability to interact collaboratively with staff at all levels of the organization.
• Experience working in fast paced production environment with changing priorities and technologies.
• Detail-oriented with strong organizational, writing and record-keeping skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as part of a diverse team environment.
• Competent in the use of computers and related software programs.

Additional desired qualifications:
• M.S. degree in Biology or related field.
• Good presentation skills.

Notes: This is a 1-year, term appointment with the possibility of renewal and with the possibility of conversion to career. Work will be performed at the DOE Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA.

Incumbents in this position are represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

This position requires completion of a background check. There are 2 openings for this position.

How to Apply

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About Our Organization

Rapid technological advances in genomics have transformed modern biology. From its inception, the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute has been at the forefront of large-scale sequence-based science. Learn more about JGI happenings at and

Berkeley Lab addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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