Clinical Lab Associate, Accessioning - Contract [40 hrs Tue - Sat 10:00am - 6:30pm]

Menlo Park, CA
Oct 08, 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. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit

The Clinical Laboratory Associate (CLA) - Accessioning on the swing shift will assist in building and establishing GRAIL’s Clinical Laboratory, performing specimen testing and supporting the daily operations of the Clinical Laboratory. The focus of the CLA - Accessioning will be on the receipt, triage, accession, and centrifugation of patient samples submitted to the CLIA laboratory for testing.
You will:
  • Assist in pre-analytical testing activities including specimen processing, quality control, preparation and aliquoting of reagents.
  • Assist with sample intake, unpacking, and processing of all incoming clinical specimens.
  • Enter and qualify customer and patient information into GRAIL’s laboratory information management system (LIMS).Accurately identify customer deviations from established packing, labeling, and test requisition form (TRF) completion protocols.
  • Operate laboratory instruments and equipment under the supervision of a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), and troubleshoot / problem solve instrument issues.
  • Monitor and perform equipment maintenance according to laboratory protocols.
  • Monitor and record room and cold storage temperatures and humidity.
  • Participate and comply with applicable regulatory requirements and best practices.
  • Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies, and equipment in the laboratory.
  • Assist with organizing and maintaining Clinical Laboratory records.
  • Initiate outbound communication with physicians and other medical personnel to expeditiously resolve issues related to specimens/paperwork received in the laboratory.
  • Accurately document all interactions with customers in GRAIL’s customer relationship management (CRM) software.
  • Embody GRAIL values and communicate with others in accordance with these standards.
  • Identify process improvement opportunities and report to laboratory management.
  • Adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) pertaining to accessioning and equipment maintenance.
  • Comply with GRAIL policies regarding Blood-borne Pathogen Exposure Control, Chemical Hazards, Illness and Injury Prevention, Fire Safety, and Quality Assurance. Abide by CLIA, CAP, HIPAA, and other state, federal, and regulatory guidelines.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams responsible for timely test delivery and customer support.

Your qualifications will include:
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in Molecular Biology or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in the laboratory is required.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks with a high emphasis on quality.
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to accept, integrate, and apply constructive feedback in a professional manner.
  • Ability to be able to work as part of a team within a highly collaborative environment.
  • Strong computer, internet, and software operation skills.
  • Flexibility of work schedule to meet the needs of the Clinical Laboratory.
  • Knowledge of molecular diagnostics and Next-generation sequencing is a plus.

Physical Demands / Working Environment:
  • Hours and days may vary depending on operational needs.
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time may be necessary.
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials, blood specimens and instruments with moving parts, heating or freezing elements, and high-speed centrifugation. This position will require work on weekends, and will occasionally require work at night and on holidays.

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.