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Research Assistant I
DNA Analysis Facility on Science Hill
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Official Start Date: Flexible but before July 29, 2012
The DNA Analysis Facility on Science Hill (http://dna-
analysis.research.yale.edu//) is in the initial stages of recruiting for
a Full-Time Research Assistant position, which will become open for hire
in July 2012 with a flexible start date. Our Facility is located within
the Laboratory of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Molecular
Systematics and Conservation Genetics Center
(http://www.yale.edu/caccone/ecosave/index.html) bothunder the Direction
of Dr. Adalgisa Caccone.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated person, who enjoys
acquiring new skills and working with a team of evolutionary geneticists
and students. Although the primary responsibilities for the position are
to assist with the daily operations of the Core Facility there is the
possibility of participating in independent research projects connected
with the YIBS-MSCG Center.
General Purpose: Work as part of a team within a high-volume DNA
Analysis Core facility that provides services to researchers at Yale and
the broader scientific community. Assist in preparing and processing DNA
Sequencing and Fragment Analysis samples. Review data and provide
1. Assist with all day-to-day operations of the Facility
including sample prep, processing and data review using a web-
based Laboratory Information Management System to process and
2. Follow established Standard Operating Procedures and ensure
compliance with OEHS regulations.
3. Operate and perform routine maintenance of laboratory equipment
including Applied Biosystems 3730xl Genetic Analyzer, Thermal
Cyclers, manual and electronic single and multi-channel pipets and
4. Order and maintain stock solutions and lab supplies.
5. Effectively communicate and interact with facility users, in
person, over the phone and through email to answer routine
questions regarding setting up new user accounts, sample
submission and preparation and general information regarding
6. Use a variety of software applications to analyze and review data
for quality control and troubleshooting purposes.
7. Troubleshoot an array of issues with data pipelines and custom
scripts written in Perl and Bash to ensure efficient delivery of
data to users.
Education and Experience: a Bachelor degree in a biological field
Skills and Abilities:
1. Experience with Sanger Sequencing Data or Microsatellite Analysis,
and/or involvement in a Population Genetics Project.
2. Experience in standard molecular biology and general laboratory
3. Ability to effectively communicate with scientists of various
levels of training; from Principal Investigators to
4. Work independently as well as part of a team.
5. Familiarity with MAC, PC, and common software packages such as MS
Office, Adobe, Dreamweaver and SFTP¢s.
Additional Education and Experience: Educational emphasis in biology,
genetics, or biochemistry preferred. Candidates with prior experience in
Sanger Sequencing, Microsatelite Analysis, Population Genetics, Linux
Administration, programming in Perl and Databasing with SQL, will be
given immediate consideration.
Work Hours: minimum of 37.5 hours. Modified workweek with a combination
of weekday and weekend hours, typical workday 10-6pm M-F, with overtime
Conditions of Appointment: Yale staff are offered a salary according to
qualifications and work experience. The range of salaries for a level C
Research Assistant technician is $19.47-$21.38/hour. This is a full time
appointment (37.5 hours per week) initially for a two-year term, and
subject to evaluation after the first year. For benefits description
please refer to the following web site:
For preliminary inquiries please contact Dr. Adalgisa Caccone at
email@example.com and include a CV with your message.