Senior Clinical Cell Pharmacist

Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Senior Clinical Cell Pharmacist

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The Clinical Cell Pharmacist is responsible for supervision and operations aspects of the Stem Cell and Cellular Therapeutics Operations for the Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine. This individual actively works to ensure optimal delivery of IND-based cell therapy products, care and service, as well as, assisting in performance improvement initiatives, either through direct involvement and membership or by occasionally leading PI team efforts. He or she participates in the supervision of human and material resources, as well as, program planning, and evaluation. He/she provides input into and is expected to meet budget, revenue and expense targets. This position may supervise employees, assign work, coach, train, and evaluate performance. It is expected that the individual who holds this position is able to actively participate with peers, subordinates, and supervisors in constructive problem solving, as well as, to facilitate frequent team building interactions with staff.
This role performs highly complex clinical testing, including extremely complex manual assays, of bodily fluids and tissue independently for patient care purposes; functions as an expert technical resource, performing the most complex assays and providing training and evaluations to technicians and other Clinical Laboratory Scientists. Clinical test results are used directly to inform patient care decisions, with errors potentially leading to adverse events

Duties include:

  • Supervise or lead technicians and Clinical Laboratory Scientist in area of specialization. Train, mentor, monitor quantity and quality of results, and conduct performance evaluations. Schedule staff and workflow to ensure full coverage for the testing needs throughout the lab. Monitor specialization area(s) for day to day operation of lab and compliance with policies, including monitoring of pending tests to ensure turnaround time compliance, completeness, and accuracy of test results.
  • Perform highly complex specialized manual and automated testing on various types of clinical samples.
  • Analyze and evaluate results, and generate and evaluate clinical reports.
  • Serve as expert, technical resource, and/or point person for one or more specialized areas or instruments in the department.
  • Evaluate, validate, and optimize new assays; may evaluate new technologies and make recommendations on new acquisitions and/or upgrades of instrumentation and software.
  • Perform final review of sample processing, test preparation, testing results, and reports generated by staff. Sign out reports to physicians.
  • Review quality assurance, quality control data, and proficiency testing and take corrective action for assigned area, as needed. Maintain documentation and assure that regulatory requirements are met.
  • Write, review, and edit protocols and procedures; maintain procedure manuals.
  • Oversee completion of equipment maintenance, instrumentation calibration, quality control and documentation, and ensure adequate supply of supplies and equipment.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned

    PhD or PharmD preferred


    Four year college degree in medical technology or a life science and seven years of relevant experience in a clinical lab or blood center.

  • Ability to direct and supervise other staff.
  • Expert knowledge of all aspects of clinical sample testing in specific area(s) of expertise.
  • Expert understanding of complex testing processes and underlying biology of the system.
  • Ability to work independently to interpret and synthesize results, from a wide variety of tests, correctly and quickly, and issue reports.
  • Expert knowledge of laboratory information system/database and operation, or ability to learn system quickly. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.


  • Possess full color vision.
  • Constantly lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Frequently stand/walk, use a computer, sitting, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, operate a manual pipette, operate foot and/or hand controls.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb(ladders, or scaffolds), twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, scrub/sweep/mop/chop/mix, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-40 pounds.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
    Additional PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (remove if none)

  • High pressure, busy, often crowded environment.
  • Work under extreme time constraints.
  • Required to work with human blood and specimens; potential exists for exposure to blood borne pathogens by splash or spill.
  • Required to work with radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers and allergens/chemicals.
  • May be “on call' or work occasional extended hours.

    Job: Health Care Services

    Location: School of Medicine
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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