Genotyping Lab Assistant

Posted 15 September 2023
Salary Up to US$18 per hour
Job type Contract
DisciplineLife Science Recruitment
Contact NameRonan Brady

Job description

Location: Malta, IL

Contract Length: 12-months

Pay: $18 (with benefits)

Genotyping Lab Assistant


  • Process leaf and seed tests. Prepare them for DNA extraction. Electronic and physical steps.
  • Add chemical buffers to test sample plates with equipment and/or pipettes
  • Operate sample grinders, centrifuges, liquid handling machines, and freeze dryer.
  • Operate all equipment associated with PCR and Sequencing to obtain high quality results
  • Complete scheduled tests within necessary amount of time and keep all sample plates organized.
  • Train the contract staff.
  • Work as a team to meet deadlines.
  • Prioritize tasks for the lab in order to meet deadlines.
  • Backup other full-time employees when they are out of office.
  • Shipping and receiving tasks. Sign paperwork from shipping couriers. Track shipments. Unloading consumables (sample plates, tips for machines, chemicals, etc.) from pallets and moving them into lab spaces. Un-packaging consumables from boxes.
  • Discarding of completed seed material and extracted DNA.
  • Keep laboratory clean.
  • Accountable for quality and speed of lab work completed each day
  • Update task tracking tools online in a timely manner.
  • Collaboratively analyze and troubleshoot data quality issues.
  • Understanding of proper experimental design.
  • Communicate and implement process improvement ideas.
  • Learn the background of our genetic testing and understand internal and end customer.
  • Participate in meetings and share relevant information with others.
  • Work safely by following all PPE requirements and use proper ergonomics.
  • Maintain test sample identity throughout entire process. Attention to detail required.
  • Use Visual Management Board to help communicate priorities to the lab employees.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience:

  • BS or equivalent experience required
  • Lab experience is a must
  • Ability to follow scientific protocols
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Research and analysis skills.
  • Experience working with lab equipment.
  • Mathematic and measurement skills.
  • Knowledge of computer research and analysis programs.
  • Ability to take direction,
  • Good teamwork skills.
  • Ability to keep detailed records.
  • Experimental design
  • Pipetting skills

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.