Laboratory Technician I/II (R&D)

Menlo Park, CA
Oct 01, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

GRAIL is seeking a Laboratory Technician I/II for the R&D Laboratory Management team, who will be primarily responsible for ensuring the efficient operation of GRAIL Research and Development activities. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, dynamic team player with experience in both automated and manual molecular biology workflows combined with interest in NGS methodologies. The candidate will be encouraged to partner with many functions of our organization - Automation, Product Development, LIMS, Supply Chain, Biosample Operations, and Clinical Lab - to ensure the successful completion of R&D projects and Operational support. 
You will:
  • Execute and monitor regular maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Perform inventory control aligned with 5S methodology.
  • Maintain laboratory cleanliness in compliance with the Hygiene Plan.
  • Draft and review operational documentation.
  • Execute on automated and manual sample preparation and NGS assays.
  • Ensure laboratory activities are performed in compliance with procedures and safety guidelines when handling, storing and disposing of hazardous or bio-hazardous materials.
  • Perform data analysis and present it to small and large teams.
  • Be responsible for accurately recording work performed per GLP, including results and methodology.
  • Have excellent personal task management skills and a high level of self-motivation.

Your background will include:
  • B.S required in a relevant scientific field.
  • 1- 5 years proven experience in basic molecular biology laboratory techniques.
  • Familiarity with nucleic acid handling (e.g., SPRI and PCR) and quantification techniques (e.g., Nanodrop, Bioanalyzer, Fragment Analyzer, ddPCR).
  • Familiarity with manual and automated NGS protocols.
  • Experience with Automated sample preparation workflows is a plus.
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Project management and organizational skills.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-directed, innovative, and creative thinker.
  • General computer literacy and proficiency in GSuite.

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications, and advice from internal and external experts, GRAIL has made the decision to require all U.S. employees receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

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