Lead Lab Technician

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Rotating - 08 Hour (United States of America)

This is a Stanford Blood Center job.

A Brief Overview
Prepare clinical specimens for laboratory testing. Receive, accession, aliquot and otherwise process specimens. Setup, maintain, troubleshoot, and assist in validation of instruments. Take quality control measurements, including environmental, equipment/software and product quality controls.

Stanford Blood Center

What you will do
  • Prepare clinical samples and products for testing, including accessioning and processing, following laboratory protocols.

    Examples: Requires strong attention to detail to find discrepancies or missing information. Requires strict adherence to written laboratory procedures.
  • Set up instruments (programming instructions, specimen and reagent placement, and labware) for automated laboratory tasks. Maintain instruments, including reagent replenishment, cleaning, and other required actions.

    Examples: Requires attention to detail to arrange instruments correctly; ability to notice potential or actual problems and take initiative to correct them.
  • Prepare reagents for the lab, as requested. Change equipment supplies when needed.
    Document and transcribe quality control measures, including environmental readings for lab, equipment function checks, and isolation quality control.
    Train back-up staff as necessary. Recommend necessary changes for better workflow and coordinates implementation with supervisor. Perform additional tasks assigned by Supervisor or Laboratory Director. Respond to emergency staffing situations as requested. May be assigned to assist or substitute for other lab members. Other tasks may include (but not be limited to) ordering, receiving and stocking supplies, and laboratory maintenance.
  • Maintain sample inventories, including receipt, processing, storage and disposal of samples when necessary. Update computer databases for sample storage. Fix errors in data entry.

    Examples: Must learn and use complex computer system for specimen tracking, labeling, worksheet generation.
  • Comply with governmental regulations and Stanford Health Care and Blood Center policies regarding health and safety. Observe and support good health and safety practices.
  • Strictly observe privacy and security related policies, procedures and practices to preserve the integrity and confidentiality of medical and other sensitive information pertaining to donors, patients, research subjects, and employees. Act as a responsible information steward and treats information as sensitive and confidential in accordance with federal and state laws and with professional ethics, accreditation standards and legal requirements. Do not disclose protected health information inappropriately.
  • May be required to enter areas where other individuals work with human blood; potential may exist for unanticipated exposure to bloodborne pathogens by splash or spill.
Vaccine requirement

To protect the health of our patients and our health care workers, and to preserve the safety of the Stanford Medicine health care environment, we require all health system employees, trainees, volunteers and others who regularly work within the health system to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (or have an approved accommodation on file) prior to their start date.

Education Qualifications
  • Minimum of 2 years college education in biology or related field plus 2 years of experience in a life science or chemistry laboratory; or 4 years college education including laboratory experience. Required
  • Bachelor's Degree Preferred

Experience Qualifications
  • 2+ years to 3 years in a life science or chemistry laboratory Required

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Required experience must include hands-on experience with sample handling, quantitative chemical analysis, enzyme assays, or procedures with equivalent complexity, in addition to basic procedures such as weight and volume measurements of chemicals, reagent preparation, pipetting and centrifugation.
  • Knowledge of computer use including moderately advanced Microsoft Excel (beyond simple data entry).
  • Experience with operating laboratory instruments such as automated measurement instruments.
  • Critical thinking and ability to implement corrective actions when needed.
  • Must be able to understand and apply laboratory policies and procedures; must adhere strictly to established protocols.
  • Must be highly attentive to detail and be able to handle large number of samples accurately.
  • Will be required to use computer, photocopier, fax and other office equipment.
  • Must communicate effectively in spoken and written English with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Licenses and Certifications
  • None

Physical Demands and Work Conditions

Physical Demands
  • Occasional Sitting.
  • Constant Walking.
  • Constant Standing.
  • Constant Hand Use.
  • Constant Repetitive Motion Hand Use.
  • Constant Grasping.
  • Constant Fine Manipulation.
  • Frequent Pushing and Pulling.
  • Constant Other. full color vision
  • Occasional lifting of 31 - 40 lbs. 0 to 0 in height
  • Occasional carrying of 31 - 40 lbs. 0 to 0 in distance
Working Environment
  • Constant Working around equipment and machinery.
  • Constant Exposure to dust, gas, fumes or chemicals.
  • Constant Working with biohazards such as blood borne pathogens, hospital waste, etc..
Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Category I - Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues

These principles apply to ALL employees:

SHC Commitment to Providing an Exceptional Patient & Family Experience

Stanford Health Care sets a high standard for delivering value and an exceptional experience for our patients and families. Candidates for employment and existing employees must adopt and execute C-I-CARE standards for all of patients, families and towards each other. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford's patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions. Simply put, we do what it takes to enable and empower patients and families to focus on health, healing and recovery.

You will do this by executing against our three experience pillars, from the patient and family's perspective:

  • Know Me: Anticipate my needs and status to deliver effective care
  • Show Me the Way: Guide and prompt my actions to arrive at better outcomes and better health
  • Coordinate for Me: Own the complexity of my care through coordination

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.