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Genomics Laboratory Specialist

Closing Date: Feb 28, 2021

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) is seeking a Genomics Laboratory Specialist with experience in genetics/genomics methods and a strong background in molecular biology and genetics. The position is part of the Fishery Science Department and will be located at the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station in Hagerman, ID. The employee will work under the Lead Geneticist, in association with CRITFC geneticists and technicians, as well as staff of the Fishery Science Department in Portland, OR. Efforts will focus on developing, maintaining, and trouble-shooting lab protocols to generate empirical data to address questions related to conservation and recovery of steelhead, Chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon, white sturgeon, Pacific lamprey, and other fishes of the Columbia Basin. This role includes full/partial supervision and coordination of lab technicians and their duties.

Position Details

  • Starting Salary: Range of $53,529 – $70,490 (CRITFC scale of GS10/1 to GS12/1; DOQ)
  • Benefits: Full health benefits (Health, Dental, Vision) and retirement package
  • Department: Fishery Science, Genetics
  • Classification: Full-time, Regular, Exempt
  • Location: Hagerman, Idaho

Essential Job Functions

Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Prepare DNA libraries for next-generation sequencing (e.g., GT-seq and genome resequencing) and provide guidance to lab technicians on these methods.
  2. Perform analyses with lab equipment such as sequencers, thermal cyclers, and others.
  3. Supervision (full or partial) of lab technicians.
  4. Verify data entry is accurate for storage in various databases (e.g., Progeny, FishGen).
  5. Design, implement, and ensure QA/QC protocols are completed for genetic/genomic data.
  6. Maintain updated protocols and train lab technicians on methods.
  7. Test and implement new techniques as needed.
  8. Troubleshoot problems that arise with methods and data sets.
  9. Communicate effectively with project leaders and coordinate lab activities.
  10. Contribute to reports and publications of key scientific results or new methods.
  11. Participate in interagency workgroups, as necessary.
  12. Other duties as assigned and as appropriate to CRITFC goals and purposes.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

The Genomics Laboratory Specialist is required to meet one of the following education criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus 2 years’ experience in a related position.
  • Master’s degree plus 1 years’ experience in a related position.
  • Doctorate’s degree in a related field.

In addition, the person must have demonstrated skills in the following areas.

  1. Knowledge and experience with current molecular genomics techniques (e.g., GT-seq, whole genome resequencing, Pool-seq, sequence capture, RAD-seq, RNA-seq).
  2. Strong skills with common computer software (word processing, spreadsheets, and databases).
  3. Familiar with current lab equipment for generating genetic/genomic data including Illumina sequencers.
  4. Experience with data/tissue archiving and database management.
  5. Ability to research, learn, and develop new lab techniques and protocols.
  6. Ability to perform repetitive tasks while maintaining concentration and attention to detail.
  7. Ability to design lab tests to troubleshoot problems and develop new methods.
  8. Good interpersonal and communication skills to coordinate duties among lab members.
  9. Experience with supervision of others in a lab environment and providing annual performance reviews.
  10. Physical ability to stand 4-6 hours/day, perform assigned laboratory duties (requires keen motor skills), lift up to 30 pounds. Occasionally will be required to work with toxic, volatile, corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances with appropriate safety gear.

The following qualifications, although not required, are desirable:

  1. Familiar with Linux/Unix operating systems, and competency working with Shell, Bash, Python, and Perl scripts.
  2. Knowledge regarding fishes of the Columbia River and western United States.


  • Supervision Received: The Genomics Laboratory Specialist is supervised by the Lead Geneticist.
  • Supervision Given: The Genomics Laboratory Specialist will assist in supervision of technicians and must have the ability to work independently and be an effective team member. This includes coordination of lab duties and communicating well with the Lead Geneticist and Fisheries Geneticists.

Working Conditions

Most of the work is performed in a laboratory or office setting. At times, it will be necessary to participate in field sampling and attend regional meetings, conferences and workshops. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a modified telework schedule may be required for Fishery Science personnel; however, an exception may be made (not guaranteed) for this position under a modified in-office schedule following the CRITFC COVID-19 Response Guidance.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

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