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Kelly Services Molecular Biologist, Crop Genetics in Durham, North Carolina

Kelly is hiring a Crop Genetics Molecular Biologist Contractor for one of our large clients in the chemical production industry in Durham, NC.

  • Role will be for 6 months initially. However, this role is not meant to be short term in nature.

  • Must have solid experience with Next Gen DNA sequencing. Requires analytical ability and independent thinking.

  • Pay:$27/hr

  • Workers location: Durham, NC

Position Purpose

Candidate will assist with generation of genotypic data to identify the molecular basis of native traits for their application in cotton and soybean improvement. The selected candidate will work with a small team to apply sequence-based genotyping approaches using state of the art instrumentation. The candidate will be responsible for performing various plate-based molecular biology protocol steps along a high throughput process that turns a plant DNA sample into a DNA sequencing library and then into DNA sequence data.

Major Tasks and responsibilities

• Work within a group of laboratory scientist that perform: DNA sample quantitation, 96 well plate-based enzymatic steps for DNA sequencing library production, and other sample and reagent preparation steps using various liquid handling instruments

• Record and summarize sample preparation steps in a laboratory notebook

• Work well with others, contribute to team synergy

• Ensure compliance to Safety and Stewardship programs

The Main Objective of this Function

Sample processing for production of sequence-based genotyping data for all cotton and soybean molecular breeding projects

Work Relations

• Reports to the Crop Genetics Team Leader

• Works with members of the Crop Genetics Team, Crop Analytics Lab


• BS with minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in a high throughput or research laboratory

• Good working knowledge of and experience in the field of molecular biology

• Creative and flexible thinking while maintaining attention to organizational detail

• Proficient verbal, written, and presentation skills. Proficient in MS Office Applications.

• Experience using and troubleshooting liquid handling instruments for processing of 96/384 well sample plates and/or creating next generation sequencing libraries will be a differentiating capability

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About Kelly ®

At Kelly, we’re always thinking about what’s next and advising job seekers on new ways of working to reach their full potential. In fact, we’re a leading advocate for temporary/nontraditional workstyles, because we believe they allow flexibility and tremendous growth opportunities that enable a better way to work and live. Connecting great people with great companies is what we do best, and our employment opportunities span a wide variety of workstyles, skill levels, and industries around the world.

Kelly is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce, including, but not limited to, minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual orientation, gender identity. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law. (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/ofccpost.htm)