Clinical Lab Scientist, Genomics (8940C) 15886

San Francisco
Mar 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Clinical Lab Scientist, Genomics (8940C) 15886 About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco. Combining the fundamental research expertise and the biomedical talent at UCB and UCSF, the IGI focuses on unraveling the mechanisms underlying CRISPR-based genome editing and applying this technology to develop and deploy genome engineering to cure disease, ensure food security, and sustain the environment for current and future generations. To complement this work, the IGI puts special emphasis on education about the scientific and societal implications of genome engineering. These efforts encourage public engagement and help guide regulatory decision-making. The IGI endeavored to help the local community and the Bay Area monitor the spread of the pandemic and built a Clinical Lab with it own CLIA license to enable rapid growth and availability in testing.


The Clinical Laboratory Technologist performs phlebotomy, reception, clerical, technical, assisting, specimen processing and specimen testing for the IGI's COVID-19 Testing Laboratory. Key responsibilities include:

I. Specimen Procurement and Processing
  • Judges appropriateness of specimens in correlation with orders
  • Judges quality of specimens and rejects those not acceptable
  • Handles specimens according to procedures.
  • Performs the duties of the Lab Assistant as required.

    II. Test Performance
  • Performs a variety of non-standardized and standardized clinical laboratory tests requiring professional judgment and experience.
  • Provides technical consultation to clinical and other laboratory staff.
  • Monitors test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained.
  • Monitors procedures and certifies tests performed by the lab assistant after appropriate review of quality control and test results.
  • Assures that all remedial actions are taken whenever test systems deviate from the IGI lab performance specifications and that patient results are not released until the system is functioning correctly.
  • Assists in the assessment of new procedures / methods and the implementation of new techniques, equipment, and technology as appropriate.
  • Routinely performs and documents preventive maintenance, proficiency testing, quality control records, test worksheets and initiates actions as appropriate.

    III. Performs other duties as assigned, which may include but are not limited to:
  • Training other personnel.
  • Evaluating methods and procedures.
  • Performing specimen preparation and processing.
  • Maintain, inventory, distribute and order supplies and reagents.
  • Perform and document proficiency testing.

    Required Qualifications
    • Knowledge, and abilities essential to the successful performance of duties assigned to the position.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Basic computer skills and experience.
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Detail oriented with the ability to follow written and oral instruction
    • Excellent customer service and people skills
    • Experience working with and demonstrating respect and inclusivity to diverse individuals and lifestyles.

    • A BS, BA or BEng with a major in an appropriate scientific field such as biology, chemistry, biophysics, bioengineering or related fields.

    Licenses or certifications:
    • Possession of a clinical laboratory Scientist's license or a similar license of equal or higher level issued by the State Department of Health.
    • A Clinical Laboratory Scientist license is required but, under executive order N-25-20, the certification and licensure requirements of California Code of Regulations, Title 17, section 1079 and Business and Professions code section 1206.5 are suspended as to all persons who meet the requirements under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments section 353 of the Public Health Service Act for high complexity testing and who are performing analysis of samples to test for SARS-CoV-2, in any licensed clinical laboratory.

    Salary & Benefits

    Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

    How to Apply

    Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

    Other Information
    • This is a 100% FTE "limited" appointment with a duration of 18 months.
    • This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Health Care Professionals Unit (HX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
    For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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