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Baylor College of Medicine | Houston, Texas
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Job Description

The Human Genome Sequencing Center (BCM-HGSC) is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant (RA- II) to work in the Library Group. The BCM-HGSC was founded in 1996 under the leadership of Dr. Richard Gibbs and is a world leader in genomics. The fundamental interests of the BCM-HGSC are in advancing biology and genetics by improved genome technologies. As one of the three large-scale sequencing centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, the BCM-HGSC provides a unique opportunity to work on the cutting edge of genomic science in a state of the art institution.

The Library Construction group is responsible for preparation of samples for sequencing across multiple NextGen sequencing platforms. The position would principally involve DNA and RNA QC, construction of DNA and RNA libraries for Next-Generation sequencing pipelines (Illumina, Ion Torrent and PacBio), sequence capture as well as work with Illumina genotypic arrays. The candidate should be able to work independently and within a team to process samples in the production pipeline, as well as work independently on R & D projects including protocol development and optimization, draft SOPs. Qualified candidates should be good at multi- tasking, problem-solving, and have strong Communication skills. Qualified candidates may be required to supervise and train others to plan, conduct experiments, and work under the direction of the Team Leader and the Senior Manager.

* Perform laboratory research projects and production tasks
* Troubleshoot experiments
* Collect, compile, evaluate and analyze data
* Design and conduct research experiments
* Summarize information in an appropriate format, present results in production meetings
* Document experiment results and report to team lead
* Oversee the maintenance of lab equipment and environment.
* DNA and RNA QC
* Real-time PCR, library construction
* Sequence capture and working with genotyping arrays


* Master's degree in a basic science or equivalent*
* One year of related experience.
* *NOTE: A Bachelor's degree in a basic science and two years of directly related experience is considered equivalent to a Master's degree.


* Strong molecular biology experience and good organizational skills.
* Proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel
* Prior experience with automated liquid

About Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine, one of the nation's top academic health sciences centers, is committed to advancing human health through the integration of patient care, research, education and community service. The only private medical school in the Greater Southwest, Baylor College of Medicine was founded in 1900 and is today an internationally respected medical and research institution known for excellence in education, research and patient care. The College consistently ranks among the top of the country's 125 medical schools. For 2007, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the College No. 10 on its list of top medical schools. Baylor College of Medicine also is listed 13th among all U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding, and No. 1 for research expenditures in biological science by the National Science Foundation.

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