Sanger Sequencing Specialist

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 13-Sep-23

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory

Internal Number: JR23876

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Interact with end-users on long-range plans for their research projects, setting the appropriate time-line expectations for moving samples through the Sanger Sequencing Facility.

  • Ensure compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.

  • Process Sanger Sequencing samples through the established operational pipe-lines of the Facility (processing intake documents, setting up Sanger Sequencing reactions, loading samples on Sequencing equipment).

  • Process the Sanger Sequencing data and provide to end-users (explain data quality issues when needed and provide suggestions on how to improve data quality for future samples).

  • Assist the DNA Sequencing Manager with core administrative functions related to quality assurance, training, and vendor interactions. Order reagents and supplies as needed.   Assist in other areas of the Genomics Core as assigned by the manager.

  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.

  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • MS or PhD in Biology or another field related to Genomics research.


  • A minimum of 3-5 years of prior experience in a Genomics Facility setting is strongly preferred, including 1-3 years of experience with Sanger Sequencing.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills in working with clients and vendors.

  • Ability to work in a team environment with coworkers to accomplish the goals of the unit.

  • Scientific and technological problem solving skills.

  • Ability to summarize detailed issues in a concise and structured manner.

  • Ability to read and write documents including protocols and SOPâ™s.

  • Ability to interact with all staff levels in a professional manner while respecting confidentiality.

  • Detail oriented with strong sense of work ownership.

  • Customer Service oriented with creative problem solving abilities.

Working Conditions

  • Lab Environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • Three Science/Supervisor Reference Contact Information (required)â‹

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