Research Specialist I

Rochester, NY


General Purpose:

The Genomics Research Center (GRC) at the University of Rochester is seeking a highly motivated and organized candidate to provide comprehensive technical support of high-throughput sequence data generation. Our interactive team is focused on fast turn-around of high-quality results using state-of-the-art genomic methods and proper handling of large quantities of sequencing data. Our team routinely researches, creates, and refines in-house methods to achieve throughput goals while maintaining the quality and scientific integrity of deliverables for every sequencing project. This position would mainly focus on daily operations including: molecular biology, DNA and RNA isolation from human samples, DNA and RNA analysis, PCR, high-throughput sample processing and DNA sequencing. The ideal candidate should be capable of multi-tasking and effective communication.


Laboratory Activities:

  • High-throughput sequencing library construction for transcriptomics applications, including mRNA-Seq, total RNA-seq, and low input RNA-Seq

Laboratory Activities:

  • High-throughput sequencing library construction for epigenomics applications, including ATAC-Seq, ChIP-Seq, CUT&RUN/TAG, and bisulphite sequencing

Laboratory Activities:

  • High-throughput sequencing library construction for genomics applications, including whole genome, whole exome, and custom resequencing panels

Laboratory Activities:

  • Setup, processing, and analysis of real-time PCR assays/data.

Laboratory activities:

  • Assists to maintain lab supply inventories, performs laboratory instrument maintenance, keeps records for hazardous waste and chemicals, and follows general laboratory health and safety regulations. Participates in lab meetings and GRC-sponsored seminars.

Customer service activities:

  • Answers questions from facility clients regarding offered services.

  • Perform routine maintenance tasks, including cold storage and restocking of lab supplies.

  • Attend lab meetings, meeting with supervisors, attending educational seminars

Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree required.

  • 1 year of related work experience involving direct assistance to researchers required.

  • or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Familiarity with MS Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) required.

  • Ability to generate and organize large sets of data, strains, and plasmids, and familiarity with all aspects of a laboratory to effectively help organize the lab required.

  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair equipment as needed required.

  • Excellent organization skills to help coordinate a number of projects, and the skills to help train inexperienced personnel required.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $47,972 - $67,161 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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