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Research Scientist, Molecular (NGS) & Automation

Company: NeoGenomics
Location: Aliso Viejo
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Are you motivated to participate in a dynamic, multi-tasking environment? Do you want to join a company that invests in its employees? Are you seeking a position where you can use your skills while continuing to be challenged and learn? Then we encourage you to dive deeper into this opportunity.We believe in career development and empowering our employees. Not only do we provide career coaches internally, but we offer many training opportunities to expand your knowledge base! We have highly competitive benefits with HMO and PPO option, including several options based on your personal usage. We have company 401k match along with Employee Stock Purchase Program. We have tuition reimbursement, leadership development, and even start employee of with 16 days of paid time off plus holidays. We offer wellness courses and have engaged employee resource groups. Come join the Neo team and be part of our amazing World Class Culture!NeoGenomics is looking for a Research Scientist in our Aliso Viejo, CA location who wants to continue to learn in order to allow our company to grow.Now that you know what we're looking for in talent, let us tell you why you'd want to work at NeoGenomics:As an employer, we promise to provide you with a purpose driven mission in which you have the opportunity to save lives by improving patient care through the exceptional work you perform. Together, we will become the world's leading cancer reference laboratory.Position Summary:The Research Scientist I works under general supervision and is responsible for conducting scientific research leading to the discovery and development of high value, proprietary diagnostic products, related to NGS. The Research Scientist provides accurate and pertinent scientific data according to agreed upon methods, procedures, techniques, while providing conclusions and recommendations based upon investigations and literature reviews, within the established project schedules. Experience in developing automated liquid handling methods will be highly preferred.Core Responsibilities

  • Designs and conducts molecular-based experiments (NGS, PCR, Sanger, etc), collect data, analyzes results in support of the Company's project development objectives, and provides/implements process or document improvements.
  • Process samples related to clinical research projects (e.g. molecular and cellular biological techniques such as PCR, sequencing, handling, and isolation of DNA/RNA from patient specimens, tissue culture, are strongly desired).
  • Prepares reagents and materials for testing when appropriate.
  • Maintains laboratory records in accordance with company standards.
  • Tests new equipment using manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Maintains laboratory in a clean, functional state, as well as cleaning, performing, or scheduling equipment and instrument maintenance/calibration/certification, as required (GLP).
  • Summarizes data and analyzes results, formulates experimental conclusions, and reviews project progress with the supervisor.
  • Assists in the preparation of scholarly articles for publication; presents results of independent research; writes reports/summaries for internal communications and completes scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals, publishing abstracts, manuscripts, or industry requirements.
  • Follows all SOP's, safety policies, and prescribed practices, policies, and guidelines; uses SOP manual as a reference to support work performed; completes all necessary paperwork related to job duties.
  • Assist in the implementation of requirements as identified by the Quality Assurance department.
  • Train new departmental staff with regard to technical and operational procedures, including safety policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates initiative in making suggestions to improve efficiency and productivity and provides consistent feedback
  • Attends weekly team and department meetings, along with any additional training/educational meetingsRequirements
    • Education: Ph.D. in a life or physical science or M.D. preferred; B.S or M.S. in a life or physical science with related experience.
    • Good understanding of laboratory techniques
    • Ability to develop and deliver complex directions and scientific project plans---
    • Detail orienated with the ability to capture and record complex scientific data accurately and reliably.
    • Good written and verbal presentation skills and the ability to use software tools to produce high-impact presentations of data.
    • Experience making NGS Sequencing libraries (e.g. RNA, targeted, exome, WGS, etc.)
    • Working knowledge of common genomic terminology (exome, targeted RNA/DNA panels, gene structure), databases (UCSC/EBI/NIH), genome versions, and tools used in genomics (e.g. dbSNP, COSMIC, ClinVar, UCSC genome browser, Galaxy, IGV)
    • Preferred experience background in genetic/genomic testing especially cancer or somatic testing. (e.g. Targeted high depth panels)
    • Basic understanding of Bioinformatics and ability to apply knowledge or willingness to learn; Use of Data Science techniques to analyze data is highly recommended
    • Various liquid handling methods development and/or scripting experience highly recommended (GUI-based experience counts)
    • Ability to problem-solve independently and escalate problems appropriately in a timely manner.
    • Ability to work independently and within a team environment, with minimal guidance
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment and maintain production and quality standards; CLIA, NYS, and FDA
    • Must be able to work in a biohazard environment and comply with safety policies and standards outlined in the Safety Manual
    • Must possess good character, a positive mindset/attitude, and a sense of humor

Keywords: NeoGenomics, Aliso Viejo , Research Scientist, Molecular (NGS) & Automation, Other , Aliso Viejo, California

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