Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Day Shift)
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Day Shift)
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup focused on
transforming the way infectious diseases are diagnosed. Combining
Next-Generation Sequencing and proprietary data analysis, we can
identify over 1,000 pathogens from a single blood sample with
typical turn around time in one business day. By introducing liquid
biopsy into the diagnosis of infectious diseases, we're helping
doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, with a future
vision of accelerating clinical trials, discovering new microbes,
and reducing patient suffering worldwide.
The CLS is an enthusiastic, self-motivated person with great
communication skills. This individual performs high complexity
laboratory testing on patient specimens, performs quality control
and quality assurance procedures, interprets and reports test
results under the direction of the Laboratory Director. The CLS
must demonstrate a high level of individual responsibility and
accountability and possess the ability to perform to the
requirements listed below. The CLS must be comfortable in a rapidly
evolving Biotech start-up environment. This is a full-time position
with hours of 7:00am - 3:30pm and a workweek of Tuesday through
Why Should You Join?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations
around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The companys
platform is already delivering unprecedented insights into the
microbial landscape, providing clinicians with a comprehensive test
capable of identifying more than a thousand pathogens directly from
blood, and helping industry accelerate the development of
therapeutic solutions. The Karius test we provide today is one of
the most advanced solutions available to physicians who aim to
deliver better care to many otherwise ineffectively treated
patients. Our test is the result of some incredible work done by
our scientists, statisticians, engineers, and physicians, all
driven by the same mission. You, as part of the Karius team, will
be able to see how directly your work has a life-changing impact on
people, and at scale.
Report to: Clinical Laboratory Scientist Supervisor
Location: Redwood City, CA
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
Perform routine molecular test procedures in an assigned area such
as specimen processing, nucleic acid extraction, quantitative
analysis, gel electrophoresis, PCR, library construction,
sequencing and data analysis according to the laboratorys standard
Perform and document routine preventive maintenance
Perform and document reagent qualification according to approved
protocols or SOPs
Operate high-throughput integrated automation workstations. Use
in-house LIMS and other infrastructure software during performance
of job duties.
Assist in resolving technical problems and ensure that corrective
actions are taken whenever test systems deviate from the laboratory
established performance specifications.
Maintain accurate records of work performed, perform or monitor
instrument calibration and maintenance records.
Ensure that patient test results are not reported until all
corrective actions have been taken and the test system is properly
Assist in training and competency documentation of testing
personnel at the required intervals.
Monitor and maintain quality control and quality assessment
Create and revise lab SOPs as needed.
Perform other responsibilities as authorized by the laboratory
director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the
individuals education, training or experience and technical
Whats Fun About the Job?
Karius is operating at the edge of what is now known to be possible
in infectious disease diagnostics. With that, comes a wave of new
and incredible challenges and opportunities. To deliver on that
value, you will be tapping into some of the most advanced
technologies, architecting and innovating where the current
solutions simply don't suffice. You will get to see how much your
work really matters.
Hours and days may vary depending on operational needs.
Standing or sitting for long periods of time may be necessary.
May be exposed to hazardous materials, blood specimens and
instruments with moving parts, heating or freezing elements, and
high speed centrifugation.
Repetitive manual pipetting may be necessary.
Some lifting (up to 25 pounds) may be necessary
BS Degree in Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry, or related
sciences preferred (individuals educated in a college or university
located outside the US or a US territory requires a credential
equivalency evaluation by an approved agency).
ASCP certification w/strong molecular background preferred.
Valid California CLS Generalist or Specialty in Microbiology
license or Clinical Chemist Scientist is acceptable.
Working knowledge of relevant laboratory regulations, and
experience with software and automation systems.
Experience with highly complex molecular testing is preferred, but
Experience with high sample volumes, NGS platforms, six sigma, lean
manufacturing, GMP/GLP/CLIA/CAP/ISO, and software specification
development is a plus.
Molecular Biology experience strongly recommended
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with team
Highly goal-driven and have demonstrated the ability to effectively
prioritize and focus on time-sensitive objectives.
Strong sense of creativity and ability to push the boundaries of
Strong problem-solving skills.
Excellent teamwork and motivation skills are essential.
Excellent organizational, record-keeping and communication (verbal
and written) skills.
Strong work ethic to generate high quality work under tight
At Karius, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide
equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees and
are committed to honor and invest in the full diversity of people,
in our hiring, recruiting and development of employees across the
Company. All qualified applicants for employment are encouraged to
apply and will be considered without regard to an individuals race,
color, sex, gender identity and gender expression (including
transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned,
or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they
identify), religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship,
physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care
status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual
orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or
any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you
are unable to submit your application due to a disability, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will accommodate
qualified individuals with disabilities.
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