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UCLA Health Systems

Staff Research Associate



Full Time

On Site


Los Angeles, California, United States


The UCLA Neuroscience
Genomics Core (UNGC) is a genotyping, gene expression, epigenetic and
sequencing core laboratory. UNGC offers genomic scale screening services
utilizing a range of highly automated and specialized genotyping and sequencing
platforms. We are seeking a full-time Staff Research Associate who will
primarily be involved in constructing RNA and DNA libraries and running samples
on a high throughput next generation sequencer (Illumina HiSeq 4000 sequencing
platform) as well as processing DNA samples through our Illumina Infinium
genotyping and methylation assay pipeline. Primary duties include:

  • Set up and perform all biochemical protocol steps involved in sequencing and/or microarray-based genotyping, gene expression and epigenetic experiments carried out in the facility.
  • Sequencing library preparation and validation.
  • Maintain computerized databases of samples received, experimental designs, data output and laboratory QC records.
  • Analyze project data and generate data summary reports for client labs.
  • Interact with client representatives to design and implement experiments.
  • Maintain stocks of lab solutions, chemicals, reagents and clean glassware.
  • Maintain organization of laboratory, including waste management and safety.

  • Bachelor degree in the life sciences (Preferred)
  • At least one year of post-grad experience in biochemical techniques and molecular biology (Required)
  • A combined experience of bench work and operation of automated systems including robotic liquid handlers, genome scale sequencers, confocal laser scanners and mass spec devices, and etc. (Required)
  • Meticulous and detail oriented work habits and excellent communication and interpersonal skills (Required)
  • Ability to work independently within an established framework and collaboratively in small group setting (Required)
  • Experience with RNA (preps, RT-PCR or microarray work) (Preferred)
  • Proficiency with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Macintosh operating systems, Microsoft Excel etc. Familiarity with Filemaker Pro (Preferred)

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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