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Research Scientist

Posted 13 days ago

  • Expiry Date: 04 June 2022

Job Description:

  • We are seeking a highly motivated individual with direct experience in next generation sequencing (NGS) and epigenomics assays to be a member of an innovative and collaborative NGS technology development team in San Diego.

  • The successful candidate will play a key supportive role in carrying out genomics studies to support drug discovery and translational biology efforts across the community and will also support the development of new technologies.

  • Experience in the operation of Next Generation Sequencing workflows, library preparation, and an ability to adapt to new technologies in a fast-paced environment is strongly recommended.

  • The candidate should be well organized, able to work independently, and accustomed to clearly communicating and interpreting their experimental results.

  • Prior experience in NGS method development, epigenomics assays (ChIP-seq, DNA methylation assays, ATAC-seq), is strongly desired.

  • The position is for employment on a contract basis for 1 year, with potential to extend or convert.


  • Carry out NGS and epigenomics assays in support of large collaborative initiatives.

  • Contribute to the development of NGS assays to benefit drug discovery and translational research.

  • Perform a wide variety of molecular biology techniques with minimal supervision and with an exceptional attention to details.

  • Generate NGS libraries and perform library QC upstream of sequencing.

  • Develop and edit protocols and standard operating procedures.

  • Perform a wide variety of basic molecular biology techniques with minimal supervision.

  • Maintain an uninterrupted supply of reagents and consumables for ongoing collaborative efforts.

  • Effectively communicate results in a group setting.

  • Maintain an accurate and complete laboratory notebook and other records, as needed.

  • Skills/Knowledge preferred.

  • PhD or MS degree with 3-4+ years of professional experience in molecular biology, biotechnology, or biochemistry.

  • Demonstrated expertise in molecular biology techniques, including DNA/RNA extraction & purification, NGS library preparation & QC, PCR, qPCR, etc.

  • Hands-on experience with epigenomics assays such as chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP-seq), DNA methylation assays, or ATAC-seq.

  • Experience with cell-free nucleic acids (isolation, NGS applications).

  • Competence in routine mammalian cell culture and sterile technique.

  • Strong understanding of NGS technologies, with a track record of utilizing such assays in a research environment.

  • Familiarity with Illumina sequencing, and hands-on experience in the generation and QC of Illumina sequencing libraries.

  • Experience with standard molecular biology tools e.g., PCR, qPCR, gel and capillary electrophoresis.

  • Proficiency with MS Office suite, and ability to understand and present on genomics data.

  • Strong organizational skills and comfort with systems e.g., Confluence, JIRA, SharePoint systems.

  • Commitment to quality by rigorous and constant evaluation of own work.

  • Adaptability; able to function effectively in a fast paced and rapidly changing environment.

  • Ability to use technical skills and good time management to perform work efficiently and meet project timelines.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Play a key role in the utilization of genomics assays across diverse research programs.

  • Work under the guidance of a principal scientist to reliably generate high quality data to ongoing collaborative research efforts.

  • Must be a strong team player with a positive attitude and be flexible to changes in project priorities.

About ASK: ASK Consulting is an award-winning technology and professional services recruiting firm servicing Fortune 500 organizations nationally. With 5 nationwide offices, two global delivery centers, and employees in 42 states-ASK Consulting connects people with amazing opportunities.

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