Research Associate II, Molecular Biology/Virology
J. Craig Venter Institute
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Post Date: Jun 21, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Bachelors
Years Experience: Entry Level
Location: US - California - La Jolla
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Research Associate II, Molecular Biology/Virology

Requisition Code: INFE1277

Location: La Jolla, California Department: Infectious Diseases

Schedule: Full Time

Job Responsibilities Position Responsibilities: 1. Performs basic and specialized techniques with limited supervision of the scientific investigator. Techniques include one or more of the following: routine virology and molecular biology techniques related to viral genome and associated host microbiome sequencing, such as mammalian cell culture, mammalian cell transfection, RNA/DNA preparation and purification, and genomic library construction for next generation sequencing. 2. Maintains stocks of all reagents necessary for above techniques. 3. Keeps accurate written records and biological stocks representing work performed. 4. Performs daily maintenance of equipment for associated techniques. 5. Interacts with Investigators on experimental planning and analysis. 6. Trains laboratory personnel in relevant techniques. 7. Participates in laboratory meetings. 8. Prepares and presents projects at meetings and conferences. 9. Performs other related tasks as assigned. 10. Strictly adheres to all documented JCVI policies and procedures to include carrying out all functions required of Institute employees (i.e. completion of timesheets and effort surveys in an accurate and timely manner).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related field and a minimum of one-year experience required; or a Masters Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biology required. Hands-on laboratory experience preferably in an independent project preferred. • Must be able to operate standard laboratory equipment such as balances, centrifuges, speed vac, spectrophotometer, and autoclave. • Familiarity with standard laboratory safety procedures. • Strong computer aptitude, including experience with word processing and spreadsheet software; Microsoft Office preferred. • Must be able to read, comprehend and discuss relevant literature with co-workers. • Must be detail oriented and have excellent organization and time management skills. • Flexibility to handle a variety of tasks and shift priorities simultaneously. • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and external contacts; ability to work as an effective team member. • Cooperative and service-oriented attitude; must be able to work under pressure and maintain a professional demeanor. • Ability to use sound judgment to effectively solve problems within the scope of the position. • High level of initiative and ability to work with limited supervision. • Superior verbal and written communications skills