Pros: great work environment, learning new and challenging tasks, helping to make the world a better place through research.
Cons: i can't think of anything i would change about this amazing job and company.
A typical day at work entailed myself as a lead lab assistant and two other assistants preparing our samples to start a run (loading machines). We would assess any challenges upon starting the shift from earlier shift and split up responsibilities as needed. I learned about the intricate world of gene's and how to look at DNA on a monitor, assessing problems, running quality assurance programs and the pioneering way of manually loading DNA into a machine. My coworkers were fun to work with and always working together as a team to have a successful day. The hardest part of the job was when things would go wrong, figuring out what the cause could be and when to contact someone in the middle of the night that there was a problem that needed someone's awareness. The most enjoyable part of the job was having a job that didn't exist only a few years ago, being part of something cutting edge that would change the course of the world for the better. My department sequenced the world's first complete rice genome which made world news. I thought it was exciting to be a part of something so huge and important. The company was also one to help process the remains of the victims from 911. I took a lot of pride in doing my job with utmost accuracy and appreciation for the amazing world that we live in.