Third Generation and Capillary Sequencing team lead

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
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Third Generation and Capillary Sequencing team lead

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)


Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an international, graduate-level, merit-based research University dedicated to advancing scientific and technological education and research. The University acts as a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in the region and in the world. Research at KAUST strives to enhance the welfare of society through focusing on four areas of global significance: food, water, energy and the environment. Based near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and located on the shores of the Red Sea, KAUST attracts top-notch faculty and staff from all over the world, with more than 80 nations currently represented on campus.


The University brings people together who want to create impact beyond their own achievements within a growing institution. Irrespective of their national origins, the people of KAUST are people of the world who uphold the University’s values of achievement, passion, inspiration, citizenship, diversity, integrity and openness. KAUST has exceptional standards for community residences and recreational facilities and boasts a truly multicultural community environment that can be enjoyed by all, along with ample opportunities to balance work and life. Expatriate employees enjoy exceptional packages, including tax-free salaries, relocation allowances, provided on-campus and fully furnished accommodation and other additional incentives.


Role Summary

An exciting opportunity has become available in the Bioscience Core Lab (BCL) at KAUST. 


We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative scientist to lead the Capillary and Third Generating Sequencing Team in our facility. The scientific lead will play a key role in overseeing daily operations and managing the team and its activities, projects and asset; as well as interacting with the rest of the BCL team, facility users, faculties, researchers, vendors and other stakeholders. The role focuses on managing teams working on state-of-the-art sequencing platforms (such as Sanger, PacBio and Oxford Nanopore) and developing and optimizing innovative methods and techniques to address advanced scientific questions. 


We are a core lab facility and the working environment and mentality is service and support-oriented in a cooperative spirit. In addition to the competitive employment package, KAUST provides its employees a beautiful resort-like international environment to live and work.


Major Responsibilities

• Plans and executes daily operations and lab activities; ensures efficient and high quality data generation

• Seeks, evaluates, develops and optimizes advanced lab techniques, methodologies and assays

• Stays up-to-date on the development of cutting-edge life sciences technologies 

• Advices facility users and PIs in effective utilization of lab resources

• Designs and provides advanced trainings to users

• Mentors team members and assigns tasks and responsibilities 

• Makes contributions to advance KAUST research



Qualifications & Experience

• PhD in Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related fields with extensive experience is required

• Experience with Sanger Sequencing or Next Generation Sequencing is required

• Experience with third generation sequencing is a plus

• Previous mentoring / managerial experience is preferred

• Demonstrated scientific expertise and knowledge in the genomics field

• Excellent written and oral communication skills are required


Located on the beautiful Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, KAUST sets exceptional standards in residences, recreational facilities and boasts a truly multicultural environment which can be enjoyed by all. Life on the Campus provides ample opportunities and time to keep work and life in harmony – from vacations and holidays to an inviting campus community on the shores of the Red Sea, with all the seaside amenities and recreation facilities of a fine resort. Expats are very well looked after, with packages including tax-free salary, relocation, accommodation and various additional incentives.

How to Apply

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