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Next Gen Sequencing Specialist

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech seeks a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Specialist to work with the Genomics Sequencing Center (GSC) team.  The GSC team is responsible for collaborating wtih researchers to generate sequencing data using both short read and long read sequencing instrumentation. Primary responsibilities include library preparation, library quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), as well as operating/managing the NGS instruments for the GSC. A secondary responsibility will be to perform Sanger sequencing when necessary. As time permits, the specialist will be cross-trained to assist in other technologies managed by Fralin Life Sciences Core Services which include, but are not limited to, laboratory information management systems, high-throughput sample preparations, real-time PCR, and mass spectrometry.

Required Qualifications

  • Degree or coursework in biology, biochemistry or an equivalent level of training and/or experience in related fields.
  • Previous experience with a variety of molecular methods including PCR and electrophoresis.
  • Experience working with RNA and DNA isolation, as well as nucleic acid purification and quantification.
  • Familiarity with genome preparation and equipmen.
  • Knowledge of laboratory automation.
  • Be highly motivated with strong customer service and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team as well as independently, all in a timely fashion.

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Salary Information

Starting at $45,000; commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

Position is located on-site on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, ethnicity or national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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