HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
  • 15-Oct-2018 to 31-Dec-2018 (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 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. 


This Research Associate 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 Associate 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 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 RA must have an understanding of the tactical methodology in particular. The RA 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.

Research Associate positions fall among several levels.  Levels 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 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 review initial outcomes for quality and consistency
  • Maintain accurate laboratory notebook and records
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor degree in a life science field requiring hands-on laboratory work
  • 1-3 years experience working in a research laboratory environment; mammalian cell culture experience is preferred
  • Meticulous attention to detail, both in actual laboratory practice and in documentation
  • Excellent laboratory skills, including proficiency 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


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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