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Aerotek Sr. Research Associate, Cell Culture/DNA in San Diego, California


The candidate will help develop, test, and validate workflows for the isolation of ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) genomic DNA from various human sample types for analysis on the Saphyr® system. The long-range information derived from these assays can be used for de novo assembly, scaffolding of NGS contigs and structural variation analysis. This position requires a hardworking, meticulous person with outstanding laboratory skills. The candidate should demonstrate traits consistent with the company culture: drive and perseverance in accomplishing goals, a sense of responsibility and integrity, effectiveness as a team member, adaptability to new projects; strong planning and organizational skills, resourcefulness, determination and motivation to undertake and complete tasks, and enthusiasm for both the business and their work.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Isolate UHMW genomic DNA from a variety of human sample types

• Perform DNA labeling of these DNAs for analysis on the Saphyr platform

• Support development of new SP kits for additional sample types

• Work with a supervisor, identify and test parameters to improve the process

• Develop and validate reagents and protocols

• Perform data analysis, summarize, and present data

Additional Skills & Qualifications:

• Product development experience

• Significant hands-on experience with mammalian cell/tissue culture

• Hands-on experience with DNA isolation and manipulation

• Hands-on experience with common laboratory instrumentation

• Working knowledge of DNA modifying reagents/enzymes

• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel

• Detail oriented with strong troubleshooting, communication and documentation skills

• Excellent time management skills

Preferred Skills/Abilities:

• Experience with DNA isolation from FFPE tissue blocks, Spit/Buccal Cells, MEOH:Acetic fixed cells, tissues and tumors

• Experience working in a BSL-2 environment

• Experience working in a clinical laboratory environment or developing laboratory tests

Education and Experience Requirements:

• BS/MS in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering or a related field

• A minimum of 5+ years working experience in an industry or academic setting

About Aerotek:

We know that a company's success starts with its employees. We also know that an individual's success starts with the right career opportunity. As a Best of Staffing® Client and Talent leader, Aerotek's people-focused approach yields competitive advantage for our clients and rewarding careers for our contract employees. Since 1983, Aerotek has grown to become a leader in recruiting and staffing services. With more than 250 non-franchised offices, Aerotek's 8,000 internal employees serve more than 300,000 contract employees and 18,000 clients every year. Aerotek is an Allegis Group company, the global leader in talent solutions. Learn more at

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.