Laboratory Assistant


Johnston, Iowa

2 months ago

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Job Title: Laboratory Assistant
Duration: 09 Months
Location: Johnston, IA 50131

Job Description:
This position affords the opportunity to become familiar with breakthrough genomics technologies, platforms and processes. The successful candidate will receive training in HMW and uHMW DNA isolation, and familiarize with optical mapping, sequencing and other molecular biology strategies in support of ongoing plant genetics and breeding research programs. The candidate will perform bench-level molecular biology techniques, operate analytical instruments and ultimately record, compile and verify the accuracy of experimental data. He or she will be expected to assist in the comparison, development and deployment of protocols as needed.

Position Summary:
  1. Participates in activities in support of Long DNA technologies lab operations. Such activities may include some or all of the following processes and methods: Cell and nuclei isolation, ultra-high molecular weight (uHMW) DNA purification and quantification, DNA gel electrophoresis.
  2. Receives training in core technologies and assists in the operation of some or all of the following: PacBio SMRT sequencing, Illumina sequencing, Bionano DLS optical mapping and Oxford Nanopore sequencing.
  3. Learns how to use and operate all support equipment, which may include centrifuges, DNA analyzers, fluorometers, thermal cyclers and microscopes.
  4. Accomplishes quality assurance.
  5. Maintains lab equipment and adequate level of lab supplies to assure timely achievement of lab activities.
  6. Maintains accurate and timely records as needed by the research projects.
  7. Works well within a team environment and follows client's and other policies.


About Us: Established in 2004, SPECTRAFORCE® is one of the largest and fastest-growing diversity-owned staffing firms in the US. The growth of our company is a direct result of our global client service delivery model that is powered by our state-of-the-art A.I. proprietary talent acquisition platform, robust ISO 9001:2015/ISO 27001 certified processes, and strong and passionate client engaged teams. We have built our business by providing talent and project-based solutions, including Contingent, Permanent, and Statement of Work (SOW) services to over 140 clients in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and India. Key industries that we service include Technology, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Telecom, Retail, Utilities and Transportation. SPECTRAFORCE is built on a concept of “human connection,” defined by our branding attitude of NEWJOBPHORIA®, which is the excitement of bringing joy and freedom to the work lifestyle so our people and clients can reach their highest potential. Learn more at:
Benefits: SPECTRAFORCE offers ACA compliant health benefits as well as dental, vision, accident, critical illness, voluntary life, and hospital indemnity insurances to eligible employees. Additional benefits offered to eligible employees include commuter benefits, 401K plan with matching, and a referral bonus program. SPECTRAFORCE provides unpaid leave as well as paid sick leave when required by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer: SPECTRAFORCE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or veteran status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Please contact Human Resources at if you require reasonable accommodation. 
At SPECTRAFORCE, we are committed to maintaining a workplace that ensures fair compensation and wage transparency in adherence with all applicable state and local laws. This position’s starting pay is: $18.75/daily.