South San Francisco, CA

Senior Clinical Laboratory 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 750,000 patient samples to date. We currently seek to hire two, full-time Clinical Laboratory Scientists 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.

We have the following shifts available:
Monday - Friday, 6am to 2:30pm
Tuesday - Saturday, 3pm to 11:30pm

Please specify which shifts you are available for in your cover letter!

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

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. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.

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.