Senior Research Scientist - Transcriptomics and Genomics
Ocean Ridge Biosciences, LLC - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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Immediate Opening - September 2, 2014

Ocean Ridge Biosciences (ORB) is seeking an ambitious entrepreneurial scientist with expertise in genomics to join a team of highly motivated molecular biologist focused on providing cutting-edge services in the fields of RNA Profiling and Biomarker Discovery.

Job Description: The Senior Research Scientist will primarily focus on the development of novel 2nd generation sequencing- and microarray-based services that can be applied to the advancement of the drug and biomarker discovery programs of ORB’s clients. Duties will include evaluating emerging genome and transcriptome analysis technologies and reducing these to practice in the laboratory. In addition to research and development, the Scientist will be required to manage select projects for clients and collaborators; this will entail directing laboratory staff, conducting contract wet-lab experiments, providing guidance on analysis to bioinformatics staff, and drafting results reports and presentations. The scientist will routinely communicate with clients and collaborators about ongoing projects by phone, e-mail, and in face-to-face meetings.

Requirements: The Senior Research Scientist will possess a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or closely-related field with 0-5 years of postdoctoral work experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in private sector biotechnology, genomics core facilities, or university labs focused on applied technology. The selected candidate will be well-versed in the art of genome analysis having a comprehensive knowledge of microarray and 2nd generation sequencing-based methods for analysis of RNA and DNA. We seek a candidate with an infectious enthusiasm about this scientific field and a strong desire to implement their ideas for new assays or services in a commercial setting.

The desired candidate will have adequate laboratory experience with the manipulation and analysis of RNA and DNA using high-throughput approaches, as well as direct experience with experimental design and statistical analysis for systems biology experiments. Experience working in the Linux computing environment, constructing and manipulating databases (e.g. MySQL), and working with statistical analysis software (R, SAS) is desirable but not required. In the field of RNA analysis, the candidate should has substantial knowledge of or experience with one or more applications areas of 2nd generation sequencing such as the analysis of alternative splicing, non-coding RNA, retrotransposons, or ribonucleoprotein complexes. The desired candidate must also have significant knowledge of or experience in genome-wide polymorphism analysis, whole genome assembly, epigenetics, or focused sequencing of disease susceptibility genes.

This position requires excellent technical writing skills which must include a mastery of standard grammar and the ability to succinctly communicate scientific methods and data interpretation. The capacity to draft publication-quality first author scientific publications, including production of figures and supplementary data tables, is a primary requirement of the position. The selected candidate must be willing to maintain detailed and legible written records of experiments, data analysis procedures, and client communication. Because of the client-centered nature of ORB’s business, excellent oral communications and presentation skills are critical. A strong work ethic and a consistent positive attitude are also required.

Compensation: Base salary commensurate with experience, plus bonuses and stock options.