Research Assistant (1 year term)

The Research Assistant will work in a laboratory extracting DNA from seawater samples and preparing the DNA for analysis at Next Generation Sequencing facilities using Illumina sequencers. The Research Assistant will take the extracted DNA and carry out quantitative PCR analyses for selected marine species and prepare libraries for sequencing on the Oxford Nanopore MinIon sequencer. This individual will work with data generated by assays carrying out statistical analyses, preparing figures, and writing methods under supervision.

Bachelor degree in a scientific discipline or related field is required. Requires demonstrated laboratory experience in particular with molecular assays. Environmental data will be similarly analyzed. Experience with R, Python, and Unix are desirable. Excellent communications skills, self-starter, and ability to multi-task with attention to detail is a must. The position will require participation on at-sea oceanographic expeditions for specified periods.

Please submit your cover letter and resume by e-mail to, or by mail to the below  address, or by fax to (831) 775-1620.

MBARI, Human Resources
Job Code: RA-DNA
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA  95039

MBARI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

MBARI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or covered veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


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