The Core Research Assistant II carries out the day-to-day flow of the lab under the direction of the Core Manager or Director. Under minimal supervision, the Core Research Assistant II will execute genetic protocols including nucleic acid quantification, DNA/RNA next-generation library builds and high throughput sequencing. Exercise discretion and independent judgment to optimize protocols and electronically track collected samples and data generated. Present and explain results to Core customers under manager's supervision. Assist in other core laboratory and research functions, which may include appropriately documenting and billing services provided.
VANTAGE is a genomics core laboratory consolidation initiated by an $8.6 million ARRA funded NIH grant award to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with an overall goal of creating a new collaborative [VANTAGE] shared resource that accelerates discovery in genome sciences and personalized medicine, providing state-of-the art research shared resource facilities and technology.
The NIH grant provided funds for complete modernization of 12,505 Net Square Feet of aging laboratory space in Medical Center North, and for new cutting edge scientific equipment now utilized by the core labs located in the newly renovated space. Renovation was completed in May 2012, and the core labs (see below) are now in full service mode in their new laboratories.
VANTAGE is a one-stop genomics research resource, including: Illumina genotyping, DNA extraction and banking, Affymetrix-based genotyping and expression microarrays, Sanger sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) among many other specialized services. These activities are now part of an overall structure that takes full advantage of their new physical co-location together with the Flow Cytometry Shared Resource in VANTAGE.
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Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Under minimal supervision, plan, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays of varying complexity
Electronically track collected samples
Understand, optimize, and follow experimental protocols
Record, compile, track, and report data
Analyze and interpret data
Assist in workflow design and problem solving
Provide training to new staff
Ensure laboratory is prepared for experiments
Maintain inventories and order reagents
Maintain sterile conditions as required
Maintain the instrument/equipment used for services provided by the core
Read and follow all equipment manuals
Maintain and repair equipment according to established guidelines
Provide training to researchers in instrument/equipment operation
Troubleshoots instrument/equipment problems
May utilize the CORES system for documenting services provided and to ensure services are appropriately billed to clients
Accurately compile information for monthly billing.
Invoices clients for services utilizing CORES.
This position requires a Bachelors degree in a scientifically related field and laboratory experience in molecular techniques such as DNA/RNA extraction and quantification, conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR), quantitative real-time PCR, cloning and mutagenesis and quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) or other nucleic acid manipulation. Next-generation sequencing experience is a plus. Facility with both spoken and written English is necessary.
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