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Laboratory Research Assistant

Full Time

Job Summary

Circular Genomics (CG) is a venture-backed biotechnology startup focused on the development of RNA-based medical diagnostics. Circular Genomics uses circular RNA molecules as novel and improved biomarkers to diagnose and facilitate treatment of psychiatric and neurological conditions. This new diagnostic technology will promote precision medicine for individuals suffering from depression and other psychiatric or neurological disorders. 


Our expanding company is hiring a qualified full-time Research Assistant to join our laboratory team. In this position you will work directly with clinical samples and extract RNA for circRNA quantification with the purpose of facilitating progress in personalized medicine for various neurological and psychiatric disorders. The ideal candidate will have experience working with clinical samples and RNA and a passion for helping alleviate human suffering by assisting with cutting-edge biomarker technologies. He/She will be well-trained to maintain safety conditions and produce reliable results by following refined scientific methods. This position requires excellent technical, organizational and time management skills, plus the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities and collaborative work.

Research Assistant Responsibilities

  • Perform basic molecular genetic techniques including RNA isolation and quantification procedures such as real-time PCR

  • Process sample intake including receiving, labeling, and analyzing clinical samples, such as blood and saliva

  • Prepare samples, and specimens, and set up and operate moderately complex laboratory equipment

  • Follow controlled experiment protocol parameters and perform varied, routine technical tasks associated with the execution of laboratory and clinical research protocols

  • Maintain excellent documentation and observational skills, and pay close attention to detail

  • Perform basic data analysis and provide initial summary analysis to investigator

  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to support project specific needs

  • Provide daily maintenance of the laboratory, including the receipt and unpacking of reagents, cleaning of work surfaces, and routine ordering



  • Bachelor’s Degree in life sciences

  • Interest in learning or proficient in RNA research techniques, including running and troubleshooting RNA extraction, reverse transcription, PCR, RT-PCR

  • Basic understanding of scientific methodology

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Outstanding problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Monitoring, stocking, and procuring research supplies

  • Demonstrated ability to collect and process molecular data using scientific software (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Prism, & Excel)

Position is located in Albuquerque, NM 


Circular Genomics Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any characteristic protected under applicable law.

Posted 08/18/2022

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