• Research Specialist, Lead

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    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Yerkes National Primate Resear
    YRK: Genomics Core
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp.
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  • Description

    The Yerkes NHP Genomics Core is seeking a highly motivated candidate for a Lead Research Specialist position. The successful candidate would plan experiments and perform Next Generation Sequencing assays using Illumina HiSeq, MiSeq and 10X Genomics platforms.Candidate would be trained and execute a broad array of assays such as RNA-Seq, single-cell RNA-Seq, droplet capture, and usage of advanced robotics platforms.

    • A background in biology, immunology or molecular biology is required.
    • Candidate will support several large scale clinical trials and genome sequencing projects.
    • Previous lab experience, particularly in molecular biology or NGS techniques is highly preferred.


    • Under minimal supervision, performs a variety of specialized and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures.
    • Uses independent judgment in applying or adapting scientific techniques.
    • May assist in protocol design. Investigates and proposes alternative experimental procedures for consideration by a principal investigator.
    • Assists in planning and scheduling research procedures. Analyzes and interprets results of studies.
    • Demonstrates and trains others in the proper use/operation of laboratory techniques and equipment.
    • Calibrates, troubleshoots and performs routine repair and maintenance of equipment.
    • Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and compiles findings.
    • Monitors laboratory processes to maintain quality assurance standards.
    • Records results of studies, compiles and analyzes data and prepares charts and graphs.
    • Monitors the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous substances.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required.
    • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.


    • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field AND
    • 2 years of research experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


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