This position will be responsible for providing project coordination and technical support for R&D and technology development activities within the Sequencing Technology group, as well as managing the transfer and implementation of new or optimized protocols from an R&D phase to a production phase. The successful candidate will collaborate across groups to improve front-to-end sequencing processes and identify process improvements, efficiencies and workflow standardization as well as run regular meetings to communicate updates and gather requirements on development projects with the PMO, Workflow Planning Management team, Genomic Technologies & Sequencing Technologies teams, QA/QC, Scientific Programs, Instrumentation, and LIMS/ITS teams. This position will also be responsible for performing laboratory activities to support production work and perform research assignments that require molecular biology and biochemistry knowledge & skills, and requires the use of independent judgment and problem-solving skills.
What You Will Do:
Provide project management support for R&D efforts within the Sequencing Technologies group at the JGI.
Serve as the primary point of contact for planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating development and optimization activities within the Sequencing Technologies group. Including developing sample and LIMS requirements, and providing project updates.
Coordinates regular project update meetings between JGI Production, QA/QC, R&D, Instrumentation, Genomic Technologies, and Scientific Programs to discuss technical projects, issues, and to provide progress updates.
Utilize molecular biology and biochemistry concepts, knowledge and techniques to perform complex RNA/DNA sequencing applications, including sample QC & preparation (DNA, RNA, chromatin or cell/nuclei), sequencing library creation, and NGS sequencer operation (Illumina; Pacific Biosciences, Oxford Nanopore).
Operate a variety of robotic liquid handlers (Hamilton, Perkin Elmer) and laboratory equipment used in high throughput NGS sample processing, and perform quality control and maintenance of equipment and robotics.
Independently design and perform experiments, summarize results, and provide conclusions on R&D projects aimed at improving quality, troubleshooting failures, reducing cost of sequencing processes, and for testing & implementation of new protocols, reagents/consumables, and technologies.
Participate in and lead continuous improvement, process optimization, development, and implementation projects for advancement and scale-up of next generation sequencing technologies.
Create, design, develop and maintain standard operating procedures and training documents for lab methods.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Attend User project initiation calls as requested and in relation to potential R&D projects that will be run within the Sequencing Technologies group.
Interact with external vendors to evaluate new kits, molecular biology reagents or instrumentations.
Work closely with the QA\QC group to monitor and troubleshoot sample quality and issues.
Provide technical guidance and training on laboratory procedures to other technicians and staff.
Attend regular meetings on project, process and informatics tracking topics.
Present work at meetings and conferences.
What is Required:
Relevant Bachelor's degree preferred and 2-4 years of lab experience in biology, microbiology, genetics or related fields with increasing responsibility.
Strong experience with project management, coordination and tracking.
Exercises judgment and expertise in identifying and resolving complex and broad-reaching conflicts and problems, sets priorities and works effectively with diverse technical, scientific and operational teams.
Demonstrated experience with laboratory and molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid purification, DNA cloning, PCR, NGS library preparation and sequencing, and utilizing high-throughput automated systems and equipment.
Understanding of how scientific principles apply to problems being studied and ability to draw statistical conclusions from data.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of experimental design, and experience setting up molecular biology, instrumentation, and process optimization experiments.
Excellent customer service experience and proven experience working with internal and external staff, collaborators and end-users.
Understanding and experience with biotechnology processes relating to JGI Laboratory work centers including Next Generation Sequencing Technologies.
Exceptional oral and written communication, public speaking, and presentation skills with effective interpersonal skills necessary for working in a diverse team environment.
Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Demonstrates knowledge of statistical process control with the ability to troubleshoot experimental processes and provide analysis.
Effective time management, organization, project management, and planning skills with the ability to work well under pressure handling multiple tasks.
Ability to collaborate effectively with industry, JGI Senior Management and technical staff.
Expertise with advanced Microsoft Excel formulas and use of macros.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Advanced use of Microsoft Project Management or Smartsheet project management tool sets.
Experienced in Microsoft Visio, Lucidchart, Draw IO, or advanced workflow diagram software.
Experience with large-scale scientific and/or operational projects is highly desirable.
Experience with various sequencing platforms and new sequencing technologies.
Experience interacting with scientists and operational staff including experience with DOE, NIH and/or NSF grant processes is also desirable.
Experience in sequence data analysis/ interpretation.
Professional Project Management certification is desirable.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on August 4, 2020.
This is a full time career appointment.
M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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