The Clinical Laboratory Scientist is responsible for performing medium and high complexity laboratory testing on patient specimens, performing quality control and quality assurance procedures, interpreting and complying with all applicable local, state and federal laboratory requirements. The work requires keeping meticulous and organized records, excellent attention to detail, effective written and verbal communication skills, the ability to multitask and be flexible with tasks and schedules, and the ability to work independently in a team environment. The CLS must exhibit leadership skills such as good judgment, sound analysis, decision-making, ability to remain professional and composed under pressure, effective interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively communicate across all levels of the laboratory and across departments.
Perform analytical procedures including testing, quality control, preparation and aliquoting of reagents and analyses according to the laboratory’s standard operating procedures.
Operate and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment according to laboratory standard operating procedures
Troubleshoot and problem solve instrument issues.
Check, monitor and record temperature and perform root cause analysis of deviations and implement a resolution or initiates a service request as necessary.
Review, interpret and report patient results as assigned.
Independently identify and troubleshoot high complexity problems that adversely affect the test performance.
Perform, review and document laboratory quality control procedures.
Perform and document reagent qualifications per the approved protocols.
Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.
Perform and document routine preventive maintenance.
Assist with training of new laboratory personnel and training of new procedures with existing personnel.
Report all concerns of test quality and/or safety to the Laboratory Manager or Safety Officer.
Write and revise standard operating procedures, as needed.
Participate in introduction of assay improvements, new assay configurations and validation.
Participate and comply with Quality and applicable regulatory requirements.
Participate in cross-functional teams responsible for securing CLIA certification, CAP accreditation, and state licensure for the GRAIL Clinical Laboratory, including compliance with all applicable standards and regulations.
Provide direct supervision of the work of unlicensed laboratory personnel during the analytical phase of testing.
Communicate effectively with coworkers and non-laboratory personnel.
Identify process improvement opportunities and report to laboratory management.
Perform other laboratory duties as needed.
Your qualifications will include:
Must possess a valid state Clinical Laboratory Scientist license
Bachelor of Arts or Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science, Clinical Science or related field
Experience in molecular biology techniques preferred
Working knowledge of local, state and federal laboratory regulations preferred
Able to integrate and apply feedback in a professional manner
Able to prioritize and drive to results with a high emphasis on quality
Ability to work as part of a team within a highly collaborative environment
Strong computer skills
Ability to analyze and solve basic issues that impact the performance of the assay
Ability to proactively communicate consistently, clearly and honestly
Ability to prioritize tasks with a high emphasis on quality
Ability to participate in projects and complete assignments as expected
Flexibility of work schedule to meet the needs of GRAIL’s Clinical Laboratory
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit www.grail.com.