Quality Control Research Associate I (Contract)

Menlo Park, CA, United States
Apr 13, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit www.grail.com.

GRAIL is seeking a Research Associate for the Lab Operations Manufacturing Sciences and Technology team (MSAT), who will be primarily responsible for materials quality control (QC) and associated tasks. The ideal candidate is an outstanding teammate with hands-on laboratory experience. The candidate will partner with many functions of our organization - Automation, Product Development, LIMS, Quality, and Clinical Lab - to identify systems limitations, implement process improvements, write documentation, and be instrumental in the implementation and operation of an internal QC system.

You Will:

• Execute on high complexity, functional testing of in-house prepared and externally acquired reagents
• Monitor the manufacturing of assay materials
• Coordinate material readiness timing with Supply Chain and material transfers to the Clinical Lab for final material release testing
• Support root cause analysis for materials failing QC
• Document existing processes and review and maintain existing QC documentation
• Investigate potential quality issues (both internal and external) and work with Quality to resolve Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)
• Uphold QC activity compliance with current Quality Systems including, but not limited to CLIA, CAP, and FDA regulatory guidelines
• Be seen as the specialist on materials used in the current production assays
• Maintain the reagent retention policy
• Assist, when applicable, in manufacturing activities

Your Background Will Include:

• B.S. in a relevant field required
• 1+ years laboratory experience, NGS experience is preferred
• Experience with automated sample preparation workflows is a plus
• Proficient with basic molecular biology laboratory techniques
• Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills
• Ability to multitask as needed in a start-up environment
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
• Self-directed, innovative, and creative problem solver
• General computer skills and proficiency in G-Suite

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

GRAIL, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries ("GRAIL") does not accept any liability for fees for resumes from recruiters or employment agencies ("Agency"), without a binding, written recruitment agreement between GRAIL and Agency describing the services and specific job openings ("Agreement"). GRAIL may consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume and explicitly reserves the right to hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the Agency, unless an Agreement is in place. Any email or verbal contacts with any person within GRAIL is inadequate to create a binding agreement. Agencies without an Agreement are requested not to contact any hiring managers of GRAIL with recruiting inquiries or resumes. Agencies interested in partnering with GRAIL may contact GRAIL's HR Department through our Customer Service team .