Next Generation Sequencing Technician (Research Technician 3)

What You Will Do

Genomics and Bionanalytics group (B-GEN) in the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Lab is seeking a Research Tec 3 to join their team. This unique opportunity provides a wide variety of day-to-day responsibilities in a research environment. As a member of the sequencing team, you will primarily be performing quality control of extracted nucleic acids from a variety of types of clinical and environmental samples, preparing libraries for DNA sequencing and running different sequencing platforms (ie Illumina, Oxford Nanopore and Pacific Biosciences). In the lab, additional tasks will include maintaining the sequencing lab by cleaning, stocking and organizing. Outside of the lab, you will be responsible for carefully documenting sample information in the information management system and helping to inventory sample and prepared libraries. You will also assist with planning workshops, classes and preparing shipments and working directly with a wide breadth of foreign collaborators. Opportunities to travel to teach and work with our partner labs are available. Other projects and tasks will vary depending on your skills and our current needs.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Sequencing.
  • Experience with standard wet laboratory techniques including the use of PPE for sample handling
  • Commitment to achieving results in a complex social and organizational setting, with the ability to communicate (verbal and written) well in a professional scientific context.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and see tasks to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality work by applying attention to detail using detailed notes and writing protocols.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance which typically requires US Citizenship.
Education: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 3 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience demonstrating an attention to detail and commitment to safe work practices.
  • Experience extracting nucleic acids from clinical and environmental samples and preparing DNA libraries.
  • Experience with Next Generation Sequencing, specifically with the Illumina platforms.
  • Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) or other digital information management systems.
  • Experience with teaching or preparing training materials, including written materials, power point slides, videos, editing videos, packaging materials and shipping.
Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants: Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications. Please also provide your current contact information. While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grown into the full salary band over time.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid maternity and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.