NASA Research Associate

Location
Mountain View, CA
Salary
Dependent upon qualifications/experience
Posted
Sep 02, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Bionetics Corporation is seeking a Research Associate to join our team at the NASA AMES Research Center in Mountain View, California. Bionetics is a government services contractor specializing in engineering and life science with locations nationwide. 

Bionetics offers a competitive salary and benefits package to include major medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, paid leave (sick, vacation), paid holidays, 401k with matching company contributions. 

JOB SUMMARY

The GeneLab project is an omics repository enabling open science for NASA and offers the research community access to spaceflight data sets.  GeneLab is critical component supporting NASA’s overall objectives to discover and explore deeper into space.  NASA is actively conducting biological research on the ground and in microgravity aboard the International Space Station; in the process, many samples are produced that require processing for omics analysis. The GeneLab Sample Processing Lab is seeking an experience NGS Research Associate with a background in Molecular Biology to support our Genomics and Sequencing Core to support evaluating new methods, processing critical samples, and working with our scientific community to standardize and publish SOPs.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. The incumbent shall have as a minimum bachelor’s in science in molecular biology, bio-chemistry, bio-engineering or related field, and 2+ years’ experience in a molecular biology lab.
  2. Experience in a Molecular Biology lab
  3. Experience in next generation sequencing applications
  4. Proficiency in RNA and DNA extractions from various sample types
  5. Proficiency in library preparation (e.g. Illumina, Kapa)
  6. Experience utilizing robots to automate laboratory processes
  7. Proficiency in aseptic technique
  8. Scientific technical writing experience
  9. Excellent presentation and communication skills
  10. Must be a legal resident of the United States.
  11. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) are highly desired
  12. Strong attention to detail is highly desired
  13. Ability to work independently with minimal guidance while consistently exercising good judgement is highly desired
  14. Ability to program in a scientific programming language (e.g., Python or R) and perform bioinformatics analyses is highly desired.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform RNA, DNA, protein extractions from critical, irreplaceable tissues, bacterial and mammalian cell samples
  • Perform library preparation and quality control for Next Gen Sequencing
  • Work with lab automation robotics; liquid handlers, automated RNA/DNA extractors
  • Be able to reproducibly follow established procedures as well as troubleshoot experiments as necessary.
  • Be able to perform molecular biology work in pre-PCR and post-PCR lab environment while adhering to safety guidelines
  • Perform assays, cell culturing, PCR and other molecular biology techniques on an as-needed basis
  • 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
  • Should be able to 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
  • Be the technical expert to review and publish lab SOPs to public repository
  • Review and provide guidance to PI’s on inquiries about sequencing standards and services
  • Write protocols and methods for datasets and scientific publications
  • Support science communication efforts including lab tours, conferences, and writing articles

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Occasionally – Squatting/Crouching, Climbing, Kneeling
  • Often – Reaching, Standing, Sitting, Walking, Stooping, Pushing, Pulling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing           

Lifting/Moving Requirements – Minimum of 25 pounds occasionally

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

 Employability in the U.S. and pre-employment drug screen required.

 

JOB SUMMARY

The GeneLab project is an omics repository enabling open science for NASA and offers the research community access to spaceflight data sets.  GeneLab is critical component supporting NASA’s overall objectives to discover and explore deeper into space.  NASA is actively conducting biological research on the ground and in microgravity aboard the International Space Station; in the process, many samples are produced that require processing for omics analysis. The GeneLab Sample Processing Lab is seeking an experience NGS Research Associate with a background in Molecular Biology to support our Genomics and Sequencing Core to support evaluating new methods, processing critical samples, and working with our scientific community to standardize and publish SOPs.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. The incumbent shall have as a minimum bachelor’s in science in molecular biology, bio-chemistry, bio-engineering or related field, and 2+ years’ experience in a molecular biology lab.
  2. Experience in a Molecular Biology lab
  3. Experience in next generation sequencing applications
  4. Proficiency in RNA and DNA extractions from various sample types
  5. Proficiency in library preparation (e.g. Illumina, Kapa)
  6. Experience utilizing robots to automate laboratory processes
  7. Proficiency in aseptic technique
  8. Scientific technical writing experience
  9. Excellent presentation and communication skills
  10. Must be a legal resident of the United States.
  11. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) are highly desired
  12. Strong attention to detail is highly desired
  13. Ability to work independently with minimal guidance while consistently exercising good judgement is highly desired
  14. Ability to program in a scientific programming language (e.g., Python or R) and perform bioinformatics analyses is highly desired.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform RNA, DNA, protein extractions from critical, irreplaceable tissues, bacterial and mammalian cell samples
  • Perform library preparation and quality control for Next Gen Sequencing
  • Work with lab automation robotics; liquid handlers, automated RNA/DNA extractors
  • Be able to reproducibly follow established procedures as well as troubleshoot experiments as necessary.
  • Be able to perform molecular biology work in pre-PCR and post-PCR lab environment while adhering to safety guidelines
  • Perform assays, cell culturing, PCR and other molecular biology techniques on an as-needed basis
  • 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
  • Should be able to 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
  • Be the technical expert to review and publish lab SOPs to public repository
  • Review and provide guidance to PI’s on inquiries about sequencing standards and services
  • Write protocols and methods for datasets and scientific publications
  • Support science communication efforts including lab tours, conferences, and writing articles

NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Occasionally – Squatting/Crouching, Climbing, Kneeling
  • Often – Reaching, Standing, Sitting, Walking, Stooping, Pushing, Pulling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing           

Lifting/Moving Requirements – Minimum of 25 pounds occasionally

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

 Employability in the U.S. and pre-employment drug screen required.