Research Assistant, MS

Connecticut, United States
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Monday, 21 October 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Bargaining Unit: L34 - Local 34 (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Regular
Compensation Grade: Labor Grade C
Work Location: Medical School Campus
Worksite Address: 300 George Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Research/Support
Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5

Position Focus:

Perform oligonucleotide synthesis using computer-controlled DNA/RNA synthesizers in a high-throughput core lab environment while maintaining 24-hour order turnaround. Process custom orders for oligo synthesis using FileMaker databases and various specialized software packages. Perform quality control of all syntheses and various specialized software packages. Perform quality control of all syntheses using Biotek Epoch Microplate reader, Perkin-Elmer LabChip GX and Beckman PACE/MDQ capillary electrophoresis instruments. Sort and package completed orders for delivery and shipping. Maintain, operate and troubleshoot laboratory equipment. Provide customer service and technical support to internal and external customers. Perform additional functions incidental to core lab activities under the supervision of lab managers and facility directors.

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Essential Duties

  1. Researches and collects data through complex laboratory/ scientific experiments, techniques, and procedures; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments.
  2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques.
  3. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities. Sets up, operates and maintains laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  4. Formulates and prepares scientific solutions and media. Recruits study participants. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies.
  5. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. May oversee and instruct research staff.
  6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Prior proficiency performing oligo synthesis in a core lab environment. Strong Molecular Biology background and skills.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Strong interpersonal, communication and customer service skills to interact with internal and external contacts via email and phone.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proficiency with PC and Macintosh computer software packages including FileMaker, Word and Excel.      

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Proven ability to work accurately and precisely with strong organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work quickly in a high-pressure, high-throughput environment to meet stringent daily deadlines in order to maintain a 24-hour order turnaround.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated ability to independently follow protocols and standard operating procedures to process orders and troubleshoot problems. Dexterity using multi-channel pipettes and 96-well microplates required.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor's degree in a related field.

Physical Requirements

Ability to maneuver compressed gas cylinders and lift 5-gallon (~50 lbs) waste drums.

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