The Research Specialist will independently organize and perform experiments utilizing appropriate techniques and equipment designed to accomplish specific research goals developed in concert with the Principal Investigator (Dr. Margaret Gulley) and associated faculty and staff. The employee analyst might, in turn, supervise and train others who are learning such laboratory procedures. The employee may teach procedures to medical technologists and others who will implement these tests for purposes of patient care.
Duties and responsibilities: Design, execute, and troubleshoot complex molecular experiments related to the assay validation projects as they are approved by the Principal Investigator. Data analysis and management. Education and Instruction. Maintain equipment as a core departmental resource.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Knowledge of biochemical properties of nucleic acid. Knowledge of laboratory standards and good laboratory practices. Understanding of factors influencing assay performance and quality. Knowledge of lab safety procedures. Knowledge of regulations for research on human subjects. A working knowledge of the scientific method. Knowledge of quality assurance principles. Laboratory experience in nucleic acid preparation and analysis, molecular biology techniques (PCR, real-time PCR, droplet digital PCR, genomic sequencing of DNA and RNA), and handling human tissues is required. Understanding massive parallel sequencing and PCR technologies including benchwork and bioinformatics.
At least 5 years of professional experience in design and implementation of nucleic acid experiments.
Certification as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
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