HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
  • 09-May-2017 to 08-Jul-2017 (CST)
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Full Time
  • HudsonAlpha


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.


The Genomic Services Laboratory at HudsonAlpha was established by Shawn Levy, Ph.D. upon his arrival in 2009 to the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The Genomic Services Laboratory has grown rapidly, supporting a wide variety of services and technologies to many hundreds of laboratories around the world.  The Genomic Services Laboratory and the newly formed Clinical Services Laboratory have grown tremendously over the last six years to now support a comprehensive collection of genomic technologies, including the ability to provide clinical testing using genomic technologies.  With clients and collaborators numbering into the thousands and supporting projects from around the world, the HudsonAlpha Service Laboratories will continue to advance the field of genomics and enable scientist and clinicians access to cutting edge and world-leading technologies.


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

The Research Associate must understand laboratory procedure and safety. In addition to a general knowledge of the overall objectives of the research project, the Associate must have an understanding of the tactical methodology in particular. The Associate works under the direction of a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, research associate with supervisory responsibilities, senior scientist, or the lab Principal Investigator, communicating progress and advising of any issues that arise. The Associate must be able to adapt to modifications in protocol, changes in equipment or upgrades in software, as well as adjustments to the scope of research projects.

Research Associate positions fall among several levels that are generally progressive and reflect increasing proficiency. However, it is not to be expected that a Research Associate will continually promote upward. The assigned level depends on the complexity of actual duties and responsibilities and is not necessarily a reflection of tenure.

Research Associates may work directly with materials or with data.

Research Associate Level II:

  • Proficient in all aspects of basic laboratory procedure and/or data collection, including ability to review laboratory results/data for general quality and consistency
  • Manages concurrent tasks in various stages of completion
  • Provides assistance and back-up as needed to other research team members
  • Troubleshoots basic equipment issues
  • Maintains an accurate and up-to-date laboratory notebook or tracks work as required by the project or supervisor
  • Participates in may lead general lab maintenance such as cleaning freezers, shared lab space and equipment, and ordering and stocking shared reagents and consumables
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in a life or physical science field requiring hands-on laboratory work
  • Meticulous attention to detail, both in actual laboratory practice and in documentation
  • Excellent laboratory skills, including proficiency in pipetting, documentation, and procedure (clinical, sterile, or molecular, depending on the needs of the laboratory)
  • Ability to accurately convert measurements and prepare chemical solutions and buffers as required
  • Ability to understand protocols, clarify as needed, and perform protocols with consistency, as demonstrated through previous laboratory experience
  • Ability to operate basic laboratory equipment (PCR machine, gel electrophoresis, tabletop centrifuge, etc.) and troubleshoot basic problems
  • May have basic experience or proficiency with highly specialized laboratory equipment (next generation DNA sequencers, fluorescent microscopes, mass spectrophotometers, etc.)


The physical requirements and environmental conditions of this position consist primarily of:

  • Sustained standing and sitting
  • Frequent walking and moving between work areas
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds
  • Continuous mental and visual attention, requiring sustained attention and observation
  • Excellent fine motor skills and hand control in order to pipette accurately
  • Ability to sustain focus during research procedures (to maintain protocol such as order of operations,
  • Ability to visually observe results and record outcomes on lab logs and/or PC

It is the policy of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in accordance with all applicable laws, to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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