The USFS National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation is seeking a genomics laboratory technician to prepare libraries for sequencing as part of a wolf genetic connectivity study. This position is expected to last for 8 months with possibility for extension and work on additional projects depending on performance.
The genomics laboratory technician will be responsible for organizing samples, preparing multiplexed Illumina sequencing libraries, and performing hybridization-based capture of genomic libraries. The qualified technician will perform quality control checks and evaluate results throughout the library prep process using an optimized protocol, and will be prepared to troubleshoot when necessary. The technician will order reagents and supplies as needed and maintain laboratory equipment.
The National Genomics Center is located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, MT. We are a collaborative group of scientists and researchers working to provide cost-effective and reliable genetic and genomic data for species monitoring and help to improve management of fish and wildlife resources throughout the United States. More info about the NGC can be found here: https://www.fs.fed.us/research/genomics-center/about/
Life in Missoula, MT offers wonderful and bountiful outdoor opportunities including snowshoeing, skiing, fly-fishing, rafting, hiking, biking and backpacking. We have a free bus system downtown and many roads are bike-friendly. Missoula also hosts lively farmers markets during the summer months, has an active arts and music scene, and is home to many local breweries.
• Experience with DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA quantification
• Excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills
• Meticulous in attention to detail
• Strong troubleshooting skills
• Must be able to work independently and with other lab members
• Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA
• BS in biology, genetics, or related field
• Experience working with low-quantity, low-quality DNA from non-invasively collected samples like scats and hairs
• Experience with qPCR
• Experience preparing sequencing libraries
• Experience with in-solution hybridization capture of DNA libraries
Submit a single PDF containing
• statement of interest (1 page)
• work availability
• contact information for three references
Name the PDF with your first and last name (“First_Last.pdf”). Write Genomics Lab Technician in the subject line of your email and send to Katie Zarn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Incomplete applications will not be considered, applications will be reviewed as they are received, and priority consideration will be given to applications received before February 25, 2019.