Research Intern-HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Website HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

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Institute Overview

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit facility with the mission to use biotechnology and basic biological research to make important discoveries, improve human health, stimulate economic development and inspire young people to seek careers in science. Located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, one of the world’s leading science and technology business parks, the four-story, 270,000 square foot building contains state-of-the-art laboratories for biological research and development in the areas of genomics, genetics and personalized medicine.

Laboratory Overview

The Richard M. Myers laboratory develops and applies high throughput DNA sequencing analysis technologies to study the genetics and genomics of human biology and disease. Projects range from cancer research and neurological disorders to the ENCODE project.

Dr. Myers is President and Director of HudsonAlpha Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Myers was chair of the department of genetics and director of the Stanford Human Genome Center. His experience leading large laboratories, together with his expertise in genomics and genetics, provides an opportunity for high-caliber research and professional development.

Duties And Responsibilities

This Research Intern position is in the Myers Lab supporting genomics research projects in a variety of basic and applied areas, including global genomic assays and functional characterization. The activities of the Research Intern include: in vitro cultivation of mammalian cells; experimentation in cell-based model systems; molecular techniques including restriction digests, gel electrophoresis, and quantification of nucleic acids; preparation of samples for next-generation sequencing; and other cellular and molecular biology protocols. This position requires exacting attention to detail and the ability to effectively organize and maintain multiple experiments simultaneously.

The Research Intern carries out research protocols as determined by the Sr. Scientist. The Intern follows procedures exactly as outlined, ensuring the consistency of research practices and, ultimately, helping ensure the consistency and integrity of project outcomes. The Intern also provides feedback in the case that procedures are not producing as expected.

The Research Intern must understand laboratory procedure and safety. In addition to a general knowledge of the overall objectives of the research project, the Intern must have an understanding of the tactical methodology in particular. The Intern works under the direction of a group leader, senior scientist or with the PI, communicating progress and advising of any issues that arise. The RA must be able adapt to modifications in protocol, changes in equipment or upgrades in software, as well as adjustments to the scope of research projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma required. Some college is preferred.
  • Attention to detail, both in actual laboratory practice and in documentation
  • Experience in pipetting, reagent handling, and sample storage
  • Ability to perform laboratory calculations
  • Ability to understand protocols, clarify as needed, and perform protocols with consistency, as demonstrated through previous laboratory experience
  • Ability to communicate results both in writing and orally
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