Technologist II, Clinical Assay Development
Full Time, Farmington CT
With oversight from the Scientist of Clinical Assay Development, the Technologist II, Clinical Assay Development (CLIA) will be responsible for processing research samples using cutting-edge technologies for nucleic acid analysis, including but not limited to next-generation sequencing, Sanger sequencing, ddPCR, methylation array and associated sample preparation technologies. These activities will be performed under CLIA/CAP regulations and will directly impact human health and thus must meet the highest possible standards for quality and integrity. The Technologist I, II or III, Clinical Assay Development (CLIA) are distinguishable primarily by level of experience, supervision required, proficiency in problem solving, certification and wider range of training
- This role is responsible for the development of new methodologies, including establishing novel workflows, evaluating new instrumentation and protocols as deemed necessary by the Scientist of Clinical Assay Development and/or CLD
- This role is responsible for the efficient and quality execution of sample processing and data generation for the Assay Development Laboratory. This includes working with the Scientist to maintain all documentation required for operation under CLIA/CAP certification, including writing and reviewing SOPs as necessary and use of sample tracking systems in accordance with standard operating procedures
- Timely completion of training assigned by management or CLD to meet the needs of Assay Development Laboratory operations
- Maintains and updates associated process documentation, participates in continuous process improvements and ongoing training
- Makes technological/scientific contributions to development projects
- Research, evaluate, and implement new and emerging applications and tools to improve current clinical offerings and to support new clinical offerings. This will involve working closely and coordinating with regulatory, computational sciences, IT, and management groups in accordance with established professional development goals
- Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in biological or chemical sciences; BS: >3 years; MS: 1-3
- Experience in a regulated laboratory environment (CLIA/CAP), and ASCP Certification in Molecular Biology
- Experience in product/clinical/research assay development required
- 1-3 years of experience in Clinical Genomics Technology
- Well organized, with strong attention to detail and process is required
- Ability to learn new tasks and procedures in appropriate timeframes
- Experience in data management, including laboratory information management systems
- Excellent written and verbal skills as would be required to communicate scientific details and respond to custom inquiries
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,200 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn., and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, Calif., and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.
JAX Genomic Medicine is transforming medicine by improving patient care, lowering costs, and increasing life span and health span. JAX Genomic Medicine's research focuses on the complex genetic causes of disease and on the development of genomic solutions tailored to each person's unique genetic makeup.
JAX Genomic Medicine sits on a 17-acre site on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center. The 183,500-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2014. Now, it houses over 300 biomedical researchers, technicians, and support staff in state-of-the-art computing facilities and laboratories.
In Connecticut, JAX resides in the scenic town of Farmington, in the state's capitol region. The Hartford region, which offers some of the best public schools in the country, is made up of both bigger cities and smaller, charming historic New England towns. JAX Genomic Medicine is also geographically located within 2 hours of Boston and New York and is close to multiple transportation systems, including bus lines, highways, railroads and international airports.
JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients' lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 "Best Places to Work in Academia" in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!
INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right
PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all
ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science
EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results
INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions
STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us
What do we have to offer?
JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program and an onsite full service cafeteria.
Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX's mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.
The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.