Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Day Shift) | Karius

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.

Why Should You Join?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The company’s 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

Position Summary
We are looking for a talented Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) to join our growing Laboratory Operations team on the second shift. The hours are from 7 :30 AM to 4:00 PM (Tuesday- Saturday, alternating weekends). We are looking for someone who is eager to join a small, talent-rich team that is changing the world of infectious disease detection. The CLS is responsible for the daily specimen processing and data analysis, doing so with accuracy and precision. If you crave a way to make a huge impact and like to learn new, challenging things, this may be the perfect role for you!

Responsibilities Include:
· Perform highly complex next-generation sequencing on patient specimens, including all steps from specimen processing to data analysis
· Perform quality control and quality assurance procedures
· Comply with all applicable local, state and federal laboratory requirements
· Bring excellent attention to detail, effective written and verbal communication skills and the ability to multi-task
· Be flexible with tasks and schedules and have the ability to work independently in a team environment
What’s 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.

Travel: N/A

Physical Requirements: Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels.

Position Requirements:
· Valid California CLS Generalist or Specialty in Microbiology license is acceptable. CGMBS license is not applicable
· Working knowledge of relevant laboratory regulations
· Experience with software and automation systems
· Experience with highly complex molecular testing is preferred, but not required
· Experience with high sample volumes, NGS platforms, six sigma, lean manufacturing, GMP/GLP/CLIA/CAP/ISO, and software specification development a plus

Personal Qualifications:
·  Ability to work independently and collaboratively with team members.
· 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 science.
·  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 deadlines.

Redwood City, CA