Laboratory Specialist, Operations (Contract)

Thrive Earlier Detection
Baltimore, MD
Apr 06, 2021
Apr 13, 2021
Full Time
A cancer diagnosis is something no one wants to hear. Too often, cancer is detected late, once it has spread and treatment options are limited. But cancer can be more effectively treated with an intent to cure if caught in the earlier stages. At Thrive, an Exact Sciences Company, our goal is to transform this outlook: to catch cancer earlier, including several with no screening options today, to improve patient outcomes. We are developing a blood-based test that is designed to be affordable and utilized as part of routine medical care to detect multiple types of cancer at earlier stages. Our approach goes beyond a cancer diagnosis. We are developing a platform that will serve as a resource to help patients and their families maneuver the often confusing and overwhelming path that follows a cancer diagnosis.At Thrive, we are motivated to change the face of a cancer diagnosis. We challenge the status quo and are willing to think differently. Our curiosity drives us. There are countless questions related to cancer, and we flourish by finding solutions. We know what we do is important, and we take our work seriously. We also have fun. We do our work with vibrant energy, and we laugh out loud at the little things. This is How We Thrive.The RoleWe are seeking excellent Laboratory Specialists for our growing Operations team in a cutting-edge clinical molecular diagnostics laboratory. Successful candidates will work closely with Laboratory Operations management to schedule and perform a variety of molecular biology and next-generation sequencing procedures. Lab Specialists will have a keen eye for process improvement and troubleshooting while following Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). They will also collaborate with other scientists and management to perform clinical laboratory testing meeting excellent quality standards.ResponsibilitiesPerform testing of laboratory developed tests and IVD kits according to established SOPs including Whole blood separation, DNA isolation & quantification, NGS sample prep and sequencing, and immunoassaysResponsible to follow the clinical laboratories' procedures for handling and processing of specimens and proficiency testing materialsEnsure testing meets cost, turnaround time, quality and other critical product performance metrics required to deliver the best results and experience to our customersPerforms routine maintenance, calibrations and troubleshooting on equipment, in addition to quality control testing for select reagentsFlexibility to cover testing personnel scheduling gaps as neededMaintain records of quality control, maintenance and relevant testing data for assigned workstations according to Thrive's laboratory and document control policiesQualificationsMaster's or Bachelor's degree in a relevant chemical, physical, or biological field from an accredited college or university4 years of relevant wet lab experience - preferably in a regulated laboratory - performing molecular biology or related proceduresWorking knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and other relevant Federal and State regulatory agency standards such as CLIAKnowledge of laboratory safety and infection control procedures and practices including standard precautions and hazardous chemical handlingProficiency with basic laboratory calculations, such as dilutions and weightsComfortable in a fast-paced, dynamic team environmentExcellent oral and written communication skills, and critical problem-solving abilitiesStrong attention to detail and the ability to multi-task and adapt rapidly to changing priorities and tasksThrive Earlier Detection is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.TO ALL AGENCIES:Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee of Thrive about our openings. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at Thrive via email, the internet or in any form and/or method will be deemed the sole property of Thrive, unless such search firms/employment agencies were engaged by Thrive for this position and a valid agreement with Thrive is in place. In the event a candidate who was submitted outside of the Thrive agency engagement process is hired, no fee or payment of any kind will be paid.