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Research Scientist - Genomics Core (NGS)

Employer
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 21, 2024

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Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital

Job Details

SUMMARY

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2022-2023 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Genetics Department is a basic science department located in the George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building at the world-renowned University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. The focus is on advancing knowledge of the molecular genetic mechanisms that regulate normal and abnormal cellular processes.

The primary purpose of the Research Scientist applies knowledge, technical expertise and experience to plan, coordinate, design, and carry out research projects in the department of Genetics and the Advanced Technology Genomics Core facility. This position impacts cancer research projects by developing/maintaining programs and applications tailored to meet research objectives and makes them available to the wider cancer research community.

The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years' experience:
  • Operating Illumina and/or Oxford Nanopore Next Generation Sequencing instruments.
  • Performing Illumina and Nanopore library preparation.
  • Performing single cell analysis and/or spatial transcriptomics.

Previous experience working in a core laboratory is also a plus.

KEY FUNCTIONS

Equipment Operation and Maintenance

  • Operate NGS bench-top and high-throughput sequencers.
  • Perform instrument maintenance as scheduled and troubleshoot as required.
  • Perform pipeline analysis and distribute data.

Expertise and Specialization

  • Apply molecular biology skills to perform Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) library preparation, single cell analysis, spatial transcriptomics and other ATGC services as assigned.
  • Maintain detailed and well-organized records of protocols performed and results obtained.

Protocol Development

  • Assist in the development and design of new ATGC service protocols. Write and update SOPs as required.

Training
  • Train students and other lab members as assigned.

Customer Service (Service Cores)

  • Follow Core guidelines regarding order processing.
  • Interact with client user groups and participate in project consultations.
  • Alert supervisor to problems/concerns.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and customer service skills are essential.

Other Duties

  • Cross-train in other ATGC services and serve as a service back up as required.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


EDUCATION

Required: Master's degree in one of the natural sciences or related field.

Preferred: Medical degree or PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field.

EXPERIENCE

Required: Four years of experience in experimental or scientific work. With Medical degree, two years of experience in experimental or scientific work. With PhD, no experience required.

Preferred:
  • Operating Illumina and/or Oxford Nanopore Next Generation Sequencing instruments.
  • Performing Illumina and Nanopore library preparation.
  • Performing single cell analysis and/or spatial transcriptomics.
  • Core lab experience.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Company

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2023 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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