Research Assistant 1

Connecticut, United States
18 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Bargaining Unit
L34 - Local 34 (Yale Union Group)

Time Type
Full time

Duration Type

Compensation Grade
Labor Grade C

Work Location

West Campus

Worksite Address
830 B36 Research West Campus Drive
West Haven, CT 06516

Work Week
Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family

Total # of hours to be worked:

Position Focus:

Provides technical assistance to the Yale Center for Genome Analysis for Next Generation Sequencing, Microarray and/or other genomic analyses. Prepares samples for sequencing on various Next Generation Sequencing platforms. This work will be performed in a core lab environment where the same assays will be performed routinely. Maintains, operates and troubleshoots problems for laboratory equipment. Provides assistance when needed to other groups within YCGA. Performs additional functions incidental to core lab activities under the supervision of the lab managers and the facility directors.

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:

Proven experience with next generation sequencing including library preparation for Illumina sequencing and experience with FFPE DNA extraction. Experience using pipettes.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills to interact with internal and external customers and contacts.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proven ability to work in a team environment and work cooperatively with others including the training others when needed.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Proven ability to follow protocols to run assays and experience with Illumina platform and protocols.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Good oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelors in Molecular Biology or Biology.

Weekend Hours Required?

Evening Hours Required?

Drug Screen

Health Screening

Background Check Requirements

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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