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Support Scientist

Company: KBR, Inc
Location: Mountain View
Posted on: November 20, 2023

Job Description:

The GeneLab project is an omics repository enabling open science for NASA and offers the research community access to spaceflight data sets. GeneLab is a critical component supporting NASA's overall objectives to discover and explore deeper into space. NASA is actively conducting biological research on the ground and in microgravity aboard the International Space Station; in the process, many samples are produced that require processing for omics analysis. The GeneLab Sample Processing Lab is seeking an experience NGS Research Associate with a background in Molecular Biology to support our Genomics and Sequencing Core to support evaluating new methods, processing critical samples, and working with our scientific community to standardize and publish SOPs.

The incumbent shall:
--- Have experience and in depth understanding of short read Next Generation Sequencing techniques
--- Conceptualize, plan, and execute R&D experiments to optimize laboratory procedures
--- Apply scientific knowledge and broad laboratory skills to execute complex bench experiments
--- Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of molecular biology techniques, RNA/DNA isolation and library preparation kits and methods. Should be able to analyze, compare and select best method approach for variety of experimental designs and samples.
--- Be able to reproducibly follow established procedures as well as troubleshoot experiments as necessary
--- Perform RNA, DNA, protein extractions from critical, irreplaceable tissues, bacterial and mammalian cell samples
--- Perform library preparation, quality control and sequencing in reliable and reproducible manner
--- Have experience working with lab automation robotics; liquid handlers, automated RNA/DNA extractors
--- Accurately and consistently record experiment details, materials, results and conclusions using lab notebook and LIMS
--- Should be able to present findings and convey comprehensive project status reviews using technical reports and presentations
--- Interact with and assist other team members as needed to meet research objectives
--- Review and provide guidance to PI's on inquiries about sequencing standards and services
--- Write protocols and methods for datasets and scientific publications
--- Support science communication efforts including lab tours, conferences, and writing articles

Required Education/Experience (Per Position Level Table):
The incumbent shall have as a minimum BS/BA in molecular biology, bio-chemistry, bio-engineering or related field, and 1+ years' experience in a molecular biology lab.

Required Skills/Training:
--- Experience in a Molecular Biology lab
--- Experience in next generation sequencing applications
--- Proficiency in RNA and DNA extractions from various sample types
--- Proficiency in library preparation (e.g. Illumina, Kapa)
--- Experience utilizing robots to automate laboratory processes
--- Proficiency in aseptic technique
--- Familiarity with single cell sequencing, metagenomics and RNAseq applications

Desired Education, Experience, Skills or Training (if applicable):
--- Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
--- Strong attention to detail
--- Ability to work independently with minimal guidance while consistently exercising good judgment. Basic Compensation: $79,700.00-$96,600.00 This pay range is for the Mountain View, California area onlyThe offered rate will be based on the selected candidate's knowledge, skills, abilities and/or experience and in consideration of internal parity. Additional Compensation: KBR may offer bonuses, commissions, or other forms of compensation to certain job titles or levels, per internal policy or contractual designation. Additional compensation may be in the form of sign on bonus, relocation benefits, short term incentives, long term incentives, or discretionary payments for exceptional performance.KBR offers a selection of competitive lifestyle benefits which could include a 401K plan with company match, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, AD&D, flexible spending account, disability, paid time off, or flexible work schedule. We support career advancement through professional training and development. - KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. About UsKBR - Delivering Solutions, Changing the World.KBR brings together the best and brightest to deliver science, technology and engineering solutions that help governments and companies around the world accomplish their most critical missions and objectives.In everything we do, we are guided by our ONE KBR Values:We Value Our People - We create diverse, inclusive environments in which each person can feel safe, respected and valued, and where everyone has opportunities to grow and reach their full potential.We Deliver - We are uncompromising in our commitment to deliver innovative, high-quality, technology-led solutions for our customers and exceptional, sustainable value for all our stakeholders.We Are People of Integrity - We value honesty, trust, courage, fairness, prudence and tenacity. We believe doing what's right for the planet, the communities where we work, and our people is good for business.We Empower - We empower our people with a shared purpose, the right tools and the supportive culture they need to be proactive decision-makers, to be adaptive to change, and to succeed.We Are a Team of Teams - We have a will to succeed, but we value the achievements of our team of teams over individual accomplishments. Our collective focus makes us a better, stronger, more effective company.We have also embedded environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles in every business operation and corporate function. Not only are we committed to operating safely, sustainably and equitably, but we are also committed to using our capabilities and expertise to help our customers accomplish their sustainability goals.Worldwide, KBR employs a diverse workforce approximately 29,000 people strong, with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries.At KBR, We Deliver.Fraud has infiltrated the job placement market via the internet, email and direct phone contact. Attempts have included unauthorized use of KBR's name and logo to solicit potential job seekers or to extend false job offers. Bad actors may mix in fake job advertisements with legitimate postings. These ads can include contact instructions and require job seekers to send sensitive personal information or money to pay for visa applications, processing fees, etc., in exchange for consideration for a high-paying position.KBR will never ask for any sort of advance payment as part of the recruiting/hiring process. Candidate profiles are carefully managed to protect personal information.

Keywords: KBR, Inc, Mountain View , Support Scientist, Other , Mountain View, California

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