Biotechnology Lab Technologist

LOCATION:

Woodland, CA

DEPARTMENT:

Research

JOB SUMMARY: Primary responsibility is to provide technical support for high throughput genotyping platform. Work with team members to ensure DNA extractions and genotyping reactions for time-bound projects are completed on time. Provide general lab support in managing inventory, preparing reagents, shipping and receiving lab materials, etc.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*:

  • Works under the technical direction of the Marker Scientist or the department manager to accurately execute molecular marker or protocol development research projects in the lab. May work independently on some projects as directed.
  • Work with the Marker Application Scientist on routine marker-assisted selection projects as needed. May occasionally collect plant tissue samples in the greenhouse.
  • Operate a variety of scientific equipment used in high thruput DNA extraction and genotyping.
  • Quickly and accurately perform labwork in fast paced environment.
  • Provide assistance in preparation of lab reagents and organization as needed.
  • Provide technical support to the QA lab as requested, primarily related to marker and protocol development, as well as data management issues related to the comprehensive genetic testing platform.
  • Aid in or be responsible for the training and technical supervision of trainees, temporary employees, and others in the lab as delegated by manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of basic genetics and chemistry concepts and lab techniques required.
  • Knowledge of good lab practices.
  • Must be able to interact cooperatively with supervisors, lab personnel, and other research staff.
  • Must have good computer (PC) skills, and the ability to learn and become adept with other programs.
  • Must be able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Must be able to operate and understand laboratory equipment.
  • Must be able to learn additional appropriate technical and semi-technical skills.
  • Must have the ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Must have excellent spatial perception, mathematical aptitude, auditory discrimination, visual discrimination, dexterity, and mechanical aptitude.
  • Must have experience with and knowledge of standard molecular biology protocols.

 

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • B.S. degree in Plant Science, Biology, Genetics, or related field.

 

EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND:

  • One to two years of laboratory experience, including DNA (SNP) marker assays and DNA isolation required.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Must be able to work with hazardous laboratory chemicals and other possible irritating substances.
  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment when necessary and/or required. (Protective gloves, lab coat, and safety glasses approximately 80% of the time, respirator on occasion).
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Some overtime may be needed during busy periods.

 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • Salary: $19 – $22 per hour
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance coverage for employees and their families
  • Basic Life & AD&D Insurance
  • 401k program with company match
  • Profit Sharing program (via 401k)
  • Holiday & Performance Incentive Bonus program
  • Paid Vacation: 10 days per year to start, increases with tenure
  • Sick Leave: 1 hour accrued per 30 hours worked for first 30 days, 6.67 hours per month after.
  • 14 paid company holidays, 2 floating holidays & birthday off
  • Paid Family Leave: 15 days after 12 months of service for FMLA qualifying events
  • Company provided EAP
  • Company provided subsidy for health/fitness clubs & apps

 

* To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty (as described above) satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable Individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

 

To apply, send resume to HR@sakata.com