Job Details

  • Title: Lab Automation Technician
  • Code: RCI-10303
  • Location: Morrisville North Carolina (NC) 27560
  • Posted Date: 06/29/2020
  • Duration: 12 Months
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  Job Description

The Lab Automation Technician will perform repetitive, high throughput DNA testing in a lab that processes over 400K cotton and soybean samples annually. Will follow a pre-established process carefully while operating high throughput laboratory automation to complete DNA extractions from multiple crop species in a specified time frame and consistent with internal quality standards. All work will be assigned by team supervisors and completed by the Lab Technician using a lab information system (LIMS). The Lab Automation Technician may assist senior analysts in downstream analysis processes including using fluorescence-based PCR for GM technology confirmation and zygosity determination. Prior experience and comfort working in a high throughput lab environment performing repetitive routine work is preferred. Knowledge or interest in lab automation, plant genetics, and lab information management systems is a plus. Position will report to the Crop Analytics Lab Manager


• Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology or Genetics plus two or more years relevant laboratory experience
• Experience in a high throughput (200K samples/year) testing lab generating routine analytical data
• Ability to initiate and complete analytical testing according to applicable work instructions within a defined timeline and compliant with QMS guidelines
• Knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of DNA isolation and fluorescence-based PCR
• Strong critical thinking skills and attention to detail
• Experience with laboratory automation, liquid handling, and software systems such as LIMS
• Proactive communication on progress of assigned projects
• Ability to interact positively and proactively with team members
• Previous experience with plants or agricultural crops preferred, but not required
• Computer skills including SharePoint and MS Office, especially Word and Excel
• This is not a research position. This person will run an automated process that has already been established