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Lab Automation Technician (361648)DurhamNorth Carolina.

Lab Automation Technician (361648)

Research Triangle Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States

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.

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