HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
  • 08-Sep-2017 to 22-Sep-2017 (CST)
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Full Time


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 Lab offers high throughput genomic assays to the scientific community, and is a dynamic workplace for those interested in genetics and biotechnology.



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 assistant 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 I:

  • Entry level with the intent to develop laboratory proficiency
  • Hands-on laboratory work, executing research assignments according to protocol established by lead investigator in methodology
  • Immediately reviews initial outcomes for quality and consistency
  • Maintains an accurate and up-to-date laboratory notebook or tracks work as required by the project or supervisor
  • Participates in general lab maintenance such as cleaning freezers, shared lab space and equipment, and stocking shared reagents and consumables
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma and 2 years' experience or associates degree
  • 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 as required
  • Ability to understand protocols, clarify as needed, and perform protocols with consistency, as demonstrated through previous laboratory experience
  • Ability to operate basic equipment (PCR machine, gel electrophoresis, tabletop centrifuge, etc.) and troubleshoot basic problems
  • Ability to work some weekend hours to keep laboratory processes moving


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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