Spec Technical Lab- San Juan Capistrano, CA req68508 in San Juan Capistrano, CA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 9/8/2021

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Spec Technical Lab- San Juan Capistrano, California - Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Look for more than answers.  Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic testing, information and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact and a clear dedication to service. It’s about providing clarity and hope.

As a Lab Technician you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge. You’ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspire colleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve.

At Quest, Lab Technicians play an essential role in our success and in the services we provide. As a career, we offer a unique opportunity to develop your career with the #1 Diagnostic Lab in the US. We are tech driven, and we’re creating the lab of the future – an environment where you can deliver cutting edge diagnostics and help us drive new discoveries and breakthroughs.

Position Summary
The Technical Lab Specialist is responsible for assay troubleshooting, evaluation, and improvement, including but not limited to Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LCMS), immunoassay and other automated platform assays. Responsibilities include developing and implementing method modifications under the supervision and technical guidance and instructions of scientific and medical directors.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
1.     Under supervision: develops, plans, and executes proactive approaches to optimize and modify existing tests and improve assay efficiencies.
2.     Responsible for the evaluation, validation, and implementation of new laboratory instruments and methodologies.
3.     Under supervision: responsible for evaluation, validation, and implementation of cost saving initiatives and process improvements.
4.     Ensure appropriate documentation is in place to comply with guidelines of inspection agencies, manufacturers, and department recommendations.
5.     Maintain a high level of competency and expertise in the area of instrumentation (i.e. reading related articles, attending workshops, in-house lectures, off-site training and seminars).
6.     Provides technical and educational support to lab staff for laboratory protocols and procedures.
7.     Coordinates and initiates repairs, and preventative maintenance of instruments in partnership with Operations and R&D.
8.     Adheres to all established laboratory safety requirements. Required to use (a) personal protective equipment (b) engineering controls and/or (c) work practice controls as directed by management.
9.     Actively supports and complies with laboratory policies and procedures.
10.  Maintain compliance with all regulatory agency requirements through documentation, audits, and corrective action.
11.  Performs other job-related/miscellaneous duties as assigned by Operations and/or Scientific Management.

Education and Experience
The following requirements for academic/experience criteria must be fulfilled.
At least 1-2 years of work experience in clinical laboratory;
Bachelor of Science (BS) or above (in chemistry or biology) is preferred. Experience in engineering or computer science is a plus.
Prior hands-on experience with instrumentation and software is preferable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•         Thorough knowledge of technical aspects of all tests performed and equipment utilized in the discipline for which he/she is responsible.
•         Ability to perform typical analytical laboratory tasks (sample handling, extraction, reagent preparation, etc.).
•         Able to exercise critical thinking and independent judgment in stressful environments.
•         Able to work independently or under minimal supervision to design and conduct experiments, as well as interpret, document, and communicate results.
•         Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong computer skills.
•         Is highly self-motivated and eager to learn new skills and technologies. 
•         Willing to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and be capable of handling multiple tasks while meeting timelines.
•         Demonstrated ability to adapt to protocols to meet requirements and optimal specification.