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Clinical Lab Scientist, Microbiology

Company: Ascend Clinical
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Career Opportunities with Ascend Clinical Requisition ID: 2021-1109
Location: Redwood City, CA
Will be relocating to new facilities in Sunnyvale, CA in 2022 Why Ascend? You will work for a company that is transforming the industry! We are Ascend, one of the highest volume clinical laboratories in the United States. With the use of the most advanced tools and technology, we process millions of test each month. For over 30 years, we have been delivering industry-leading service and excellence in testing. At Ascend, we are relentless about innovation and growing to pioneer the future of clinical and environmental laboratory testing. Ascend is unlike most companies, offering the discipline of a healthcare leader and the mentality of a tech startup. As a company that is on the leading edge, we are seeking individuals with a similar mindset who enjoy a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Job Summary From diagnostic samples to acutely accurate results, in turn providing life-sustaining and life-saving treatments for patients is all in a day's work. As a Clinical Lab Scientist (CLS) you will play a vital role in the process. You will perform all routine laboratory testing as well as basic instrumentation maintenance and troubleshooting and accuratelyperform routine laboratory testing in accordance with protocols established. The CLS will correlate and integrate other patient data when interpreting test results and report results, which are substantiated by the proper use of appropriate quality control systems. The CLS will also use professional judgment and have an in-depth knowledge of laboratory techniques, scientific principles, quality control and instrument maintenance. In this position you must recognize problems, identify causes, and determine alternative methods and solutions as well as actively contribute to quality assurance activities and participate in proficiency testing. Essential Functions: The successful applicant will be able to perform the following essential functions at minimum:

  • Perform a variety of standardized tests within microbiology department. Perform microbiological examinations for the detection and identification of pathogenic bacteria from blood cultures, urine, effluent, throat, and wound cultures.
  • Make microbiological examinations of body fluids and blood specimens
  • Perform other quality control procedures to assure the operational accuracy of equipment and test reproducibility
  • Read plates as required, to determine the number of organisms in the sample.
  • Set up equipment, samples, and materials needed for analysis
  • The Clinical Laboratory Scientist will perform only those tests for which the scientist is qualified by education, training, and/or experience
  • Other duties as assigned Qualifications:
    • Knowledge of accepted clinical laboratory practice and procedures including handling of potentially infectious material and familiarity with California law relating to the practice of medical technology
    • Knowledge of computer skills, quality control and instrument maintenance Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Analytical problem-solving skills, proficiency in performing detailed tasks thoroughly and completely, and the ability to follow complicated instructions with accuracy
    • The ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate satisfactorily in English, in person and on the telephone
    • Strong knowledge of quality control and calibration
    • Strong knowledge of lab equipment and procedures
    • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university OR one to two years related experience
    • Clinical Lab Scientist license from the State of California _____________________________________________________________________________________ Ascend provides a competitive benefit package which includes the following (eligibility requirements apply): Health and Welfare Benefits: Medical (including prescription coverage), Dental, Vision, Health Savings Account, Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, Life Insurance, AD&D, Work/Life Resources (including Employee Assistance Program) Leave Benefits: Paid holidays, annual Paid Time Off (includes paid state /local paid leave where required), Short-term Disability, Long-term Disability, Other leaves (e.g., Bereavement, FMLA, ADA, Jury Duty, Military Leave, and Parental and Adoption leave) Retirement Benefits: Contributory pension plan and Savings Plan (401k). _____________________________________________________________________________________ Ascend is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Veteran. If you are interested in applying to Ascend and need special assistance or accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Keywords: Ascend Clinical, Redwood City , Clinical Lab Scientist, Microbiology, Healthcare , Redwood City, California

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