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South San Francisco, CA

Clinical Lab Scientist

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Position description

Over the last few years, Counsyl has grown from a dorm room startup to become one of the largest clinical genome centers in the world, processing over 700,000 patient samples to date. We currently seek to hire a full-time Clinical Laboratory Scientist to assist in sample processing & analysis in our highly-automated laboratory. You will Interact and communicate with laboratory staff to ensure efficient work flow within our state-of-the-art laboratory.

What you'll do:

  • Process and analyze clinical blood and saliva specimens via molecular testing methods following standard operating procedures
  • Complete routine preventive maintenance procedures and troubleshooting on laboratory instrumentation and automated equipment, as needed
  • Set up and operate laboratory equipment independently, in accordance with the lab's standard operating procedures
  • Support the training of Production Laboratory Scientists and other Clinical Laboratory Scientists on current and new laboratory procedures
  • Use Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) to track requisition and specimen status to ensure prompt turnaround time of sample results
  • Perform QC testing on new incoming reagents
  • Maintain stringent standards for quality, identifying any issues which might adversely impact the quality of test results and/or employee safety, and immediately communicating these to the appropriate management representatives as necessary to ensure prompt resolution
  • Create and/or update laboratory standard operating procedures, as needed
  • May participate in Quality Assurance activities such as internal audits and inspection preparation
  • Responsible for maintaining updated understanding and knowledge of the methods used in the laboratory
  • Assist in method verification studies and validation studies of laboratory developed tests, as needed
  • Work alongside both licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientists and unlicensed Production Laboratory Scientists in a CAP-accredited/CLIA certified laboratory environment
  • Performs other duties as assigned

About you:

  • BS/BA degree (or equivalent) in Medical Technology, Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology, or related field
  • Current California CLS license or CGMBS license (Clinical Genetics Molecular Biology Scientist)
  • At least 2 years of experience working in a high-complexity clinical laboratory, with a CA CLS or CGMBS license
  • Prior experience with PCR-based and/or next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods, preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, computer, troubleshooting, and pipetting skills
  • Experience in performing Molecular Biology methods
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Word processing and data management skills

About Counsyl

Counsyl is a health technology company that offers DNA screening for diseases that can impact men, women and their children. The Counsyl philosophy is simple: screen for diseases where advanced knowledge makes a difference in health outcomes, whether it’s changing a behavior, pursuing preventative measures, or simply preparing for what lies ahead.

The Counsyl team includes an accomplished group of problem-solvers — top engineers, scientists, and designers — who are taking the lead on building the modern clinical laboratory. Scientific rigor, custom robotics, and software are at the heart of every Counsyl product, resulting in better, faster and more affordable screens that are broadly accessible. Beyond the laboratory, Counsyl offers doctors and patients a technology platform for results delivery in real time, with on-demand access to board-certified genetic counselors.

Counsyl has screened more than 700,000 patients and served more than 6,000 health care professionals in its CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited and NYS CLEP-permitted clinical laboratory. The company has raised a total of $102 million and is privately backed by Pilot Growth Equity, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, David Drummond, and other high profile investors.

Interview process

Counsyl is driven by some of the brightest people in the industry. Our interview process is geared to ensure that we continue to hire the very best.

Our interview process is composed of practical and situational interviews in a series of settings spanning Skype, practical exams, and in-person meetings. Our goal is to gauge both your ability to succeed in the first 90 days as well as your capacity to scale with us as we grow.

Why Counsyl?

Throughout it all, we are looking to understand why you are driven to be a part of our company. Specifically, we want to know how you identify with our mission and will contribute to our team.

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