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The Knight lab has for the last few years consisted of a team of approximately 35 highly skilled researchers, students and technicians, with an annual operating budget of about $3 million derived from a mixture of federal and non-federal sources. Most of the lab's work focuses on technologies for reading out microbial communities, including laboratory procedures for next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics software development, with applications in the human microbiome and child development, conservation, environmental monitoring and management, and biofuels. The Knight lab is widely regarded as a leader in the microbiome field, publishing regularly in top journals including Science, Nature, Cell, and PNAS, and publishing several dozen journal articles per year overall.
With the move from CU Boulder to UCSD, these operations will scale up considerably, requiring new laboratory and computational infrastructure, software development (especially capacity for handling patient data and managing collaborations with companies that include confidential data), and multi-omics readout techniques. We are also currently in the planning phase for developing a broader microbiome center, which would act as a core facility for microbiome readout for a wide range of projects at UCSD and beyond.
Under general supervision of the Laboratory Manager, the SRA I assists with extracting, purifying, and analyzing DNA and RNA for Next Gen Sequencing and rapid response sequencing. The SRA 1 will also assist with new technology development in support of the research program, including documenting the feasibility of new technologies and testing of new technologies. Also assists in maintaining new equipment and technologies including Next Gen sequencing equipment.
This position will be working with COVID-19 screening and testing of wastewater from surrounding San Diego areas, which may require some work over the weekend.
Theoretical knowledge of basic human genetics and molecular biology.
Experience with biology techniques such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, sequence analysis, RT-PCR, DNA/RNA isolation.
Demonstrated micropipetting and dilutions experience.
Proven ability to follow university Environmental Health and Safety requirements. Experienced in working and maintaining a sterile environment.
Experience writing/editing protocols and manuscripts.
Computers skills using a Macintosh.
Experience with database management of clones/samples, including data entry, manipulation and creation of data reports.
Knowledge and experience in liquid handling automation and ability to use validated protocols.
Knowledge of next generation sequencing for high throughput pipeline. Ability to perform validated protocols.
Ability to implement and troubleshoot protocols developed for high throughput sequencing pipeline.
Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
Must be available to work Monday-Friday and on occasional weekends. The schedule for this position may be flexible and may require weekend work.
Willing to work in a laboratory that collects, processes, stores, and assays biohazardous body fluids.
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