Synthetic Biology Lab Technician

Posted 26 June 2024
Salary Negotiable
LocationSan Diego
Job type Contract
DisciplineOil and Gas Recruitment
Contact NameKelsee Tedder

Job description

Job Description: Lab Technician - Synthetic Biology Team

Role Overview:

We are seeking a lab technician to support the synthetic biology team in a DNA extraction pipeline as part of an R&D project for the Biosciences Center.


  • Perform DNA extraction and processing of unconventional samples.

  • Organize, pre-treat, and document large numbers of samples for the extraction pipeline.

  • Independently perform a variety of molecular biology tasks including PCRs, DNA purifications, and quantification assays.

  • Troubleshoot and optimize individual steps in the extraction pipeline.


  • B.S. (Biology, Biochemistry, or related biosciences field) with 2 years of relevant lab experience and/or M.S. (Biochemistry, Biology, or Chemistry).

Key Skills:

  • Molecular and microbiology skillset, including experience with DNA extractions, PCRs, and basic techniques of molecular cloning.

  • Industrial research and development experience, including high throughput sample processing/screening.

  • Proficient in Excel for data analysis and sample management. Use of basic statistics and Excel-based tracking, requiring good organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Automated liquid handling experience.

  • Ability to communicate effectively within and between teams.

  • Able to work under minimal supervision and prioritize tasks.

  • Demonstrated commitment to safety in the work environment.

Chemical Categories:

The contractor will be coming in contact with the following chemical categories:

  • Flammable chemicals (e.g., ethanol)

  • Corrosives (e.g., ammonia hydroxide, sulfuric acid)

  • Toxic chemicals (e.g., metal salts)

  • Compressed gases (e.g., nitrogen, air, oxygen)

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.