Research Associate 1 (DNA Analysis)

University of Miami Health System

Miami, FL, United States

The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has an exciting career opportunity for a Research Associate 1 to work in the genotyping Core of the Center for Genome Technology. This position will work in analyzing DNA samples for multiple projects. The Research Associate 1 will be responsible for sample prep and genotyping using various platforms including Il lumina, ABI QuantStudio and Affymetrix.

The duties and responsibilities for this position may include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform genotyping on human DNA samples following protocols from Illumina, Affymetrix, and Applied Biosystems/Life Technologies.
  • Perform standard and specialized molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid preparation/quantification, cloning, PCR, nucleic acid sequencing, and other specific techniques as required.
  • Responsible for quantitation and qualitation of DNA by Nanodrop and Qubit and gel electrophoresis.
  • Operate various lab equipment including but not limited to centrifuges, hybridization ovens, Illumina iscan, Tecan Evo 150 robots based on the requirements of their given protocol.
  • Demonstrate an ability to learn new technologies and standard operating protocols in a time ly manner.
  • Communicate procedures in written and/or verbal form with the other team members in the lab.
  • Prioritize and complete research in a timely, reproducible manner independently and within teams.
  • Analyze data for quality and consistency and troubleshoot equipment and report issues to supervisor.
  • Submit results in a timely manner to the supervisor.
  • Review journals, abstracts, and scientific literature to keep abreast of new developments and to obtain information regarding previous experiments to aid in the design and development of original procedures and techniques.


Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field of study. Prior experience in PCR DNA sequencing and snp analysis is a plus. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary te am is expected.

The interdisciplinary and highly-collaborative faculty of the HIHG aims to discover the genetic influences on human health and apply this knowledge to the practice of medicine through improved diagnostics, treatments, and medications. The faculty has a unique track-record identifying genetic risk factors for more than 60 diseases combined with currently available funding of more than $34 million from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense. The Hussman Institute for Human Genomics is located in the highly diverse and fast-growing metropolitan area of South Florida near to spectacular outdoor recreational opportunities.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida’s only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medic al center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We’re the challenge you’ve been looking for.

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza (“the flu”) season (September through April), the University of Miami School of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.


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Research Associate 1 (DNA Analysis)