Genlab Scientific Lab Technician

NASA AMES Research Center, Mountain View, CA
Sep 12, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Bionetics Corporation is seeking a Genlab Scientific Lab Technician to join our team at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in Mountain View, CA. Bionetics is a government services contractor specializing in engineering and life science with locations nationwide.

Bionetics offers competitive pay and benefits to include medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, 401k with company matching, etc. 


The Genlab Scientific Laboratory Technician will be responsible for processing biological samples from various model organisms to extract, purify and archive RNA and DNA, perform sample quantification, make next generation sequencing libraries using an automated automation platform, and perform RNA and DNA sequencing. This position may carry out sampling, testing, measuring, recording and analysis of results as part of a scientific team.  Responsible for providing all the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively, while adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree of Science or Engineering in molecular biology, bio-chemistry, bio-engineering or related fields.      
  2. Two (2) years’ laboratory experience, ideally with some exposure to molecular biology and omics technologies.  
  3. Must have experience with sample and data management and analysis, ideally with experience in analyzing next generation sequence data. Bioinformatics or data curation experience highly desired.
  4. Strong attention to detail highly desirable.
  5. Knowledge of computer operating systems and common applications to include Microsoft Office required.
  6. Strong attention to detail and the ability to work independently with minimal guidance while consistently exercising good judgment required.
  7. Must possess good organizational and prioritizing skills.
  8. Good interpersonal and English communication skills essential. Must possess the ability to use the English language for reading and writing/producing written English work.
  9. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Status.
  1. Must be eligible for or have successfully completed a National Agency Check investigation for a “NASA Clearance” within the last ten (10) years.


Essential/Typical Duties:

  • Reproducibly follow established procedures as well as troubleshoot experiments as necessary.
  • Performs molecular biology work in pre-PCR and post-PCR lab environment while adhering to safety guidelines, including:
  • Nucleic acid isolation from tissues, bacterial and mammalian cells
  • Quantitation, quality checks and normalization of nucleic acids: manually and utilizing automation
  • Perform library preparation and QC for Next Gen Sequencing, manually and utilizing automation
  • Perform assays, cell culturing, PCR and other molecular biology techniques on a need basis.
  • Use good hands-on laboratory skills and follow proper aseptic techniques
  • Develop, validate and apply new protocols and workflows to increase robustness, time efficiency and cost effectiveness of the lab.
  • Accurately and consistently record experiment details, materials, results and conclusions using lab notebook and currently established methods.
  • Present findings and convey comprehensive project status reviews using technical reports and presentations. 
  • Establish good sample tracking (LIMS) system and manage metadata information relevant to the samples/extracts/libraries
  • Support lab maintenance tasks:
  • Responsible for calibration and preventative maintenance of assigned equipment
  • Keep inventory and place purchase orders for common lab consumables
  • Train outside users on shared resource equipment



Non-Essential Duties:

  • Other related assignments and duties, as required.


Often-seeing, hearing, fingering, grasping, feeling, standing, walking, climbing, stooping, kneeling, lifting, pulling, pushing, speaking

Lifting/Moving Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.


  • Normally works in an environmentally controlled area.