Clinical Laboratory Associate

  • 505 Penobscot Dr, Redwood City, CA 94063, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics.  Its Guardant Health Oncology Platform is designed to leverage its capabilities in technology, clinical development, regulatory and reimbursement to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs.  In pursuit of its goal to manage cancer across all stages of the disease, Guardant Health has launched multiple liquid biopsy-based tests, Guardant360 and GuardantOMNI, for advanced stage cancer patients, which fuel its LUNAR development programs for recurrence and early detection. Since its launch in 2014, Guardant360 has been used by more than 6,000 oncologists, over 50 biopharmaceutical companies and all 27 of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network centers.

Job Description

At Guardant Health, we are committed to positively and significantly impacting patient health through technology breakthroughs that pointedly address long-standing unmet needs in oncology. As the leader in the liquid biopsy field Guardant Health has information about the mutational landscapes of over 30,000 patients.

As a Clinical Laboratory Associate we are looking for someone who will be responsible for assisting the Clinical Laboratory Scientists and supporting the daily operations of the Clinical Laboratory.  As part of the Clinical Operations you will be responsible for: 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform equipment maintenance according to the laboratory’s standard operating procedures for the following but not limited to: centrifuges, freezers, refrigerators, pipettors, heat blocks, quantitation instruments, sequencers, and liquid handlers.
  • Create sample batches, print labels and label tubes and plates.
  • Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment in the laboratory for performance of duties.
  • Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.
  • Clean racks and other laboratory supplies.
  • Manage plasma sample inventory.
  • Perform annual review of standard operating procedures.
  • Assist the Reagent Manufacturing team with preparation and aliquoting of reagents, manufacture controls and reagents kits require for performing and supporting sampletesting.
  • Assist with managing and ensuring sufficient inventory of reagents used in the Clinical Operations laboratory.
  • Participate in interdepartmental activities with Supply Chain and Quality to ensure qualified reagents for  testing are available for use at all time.
  • Assist the Clinical Laboratory Scientist during clinical patient testing.
  • Participate in projects under the supervision of a CLS or Supervisor along with maintaining quality and efficient work flow of daily duties.
  • Perform laboratory tests, procedures and analyses according to the laboratory’s standard operating procedures for research sample testing
  • Operate and troubleshoot equipment according to the laboratory’s standard operating procedures for research sample testing
  • Independently identify and troubleshoot high complexity problems that adversely affect the test performance for research sample testing
  • Assist with training of new laboratory personnel and training of new procedures with existing personnel.
  • Assist with internal audits and inspection preparation, as needed.
  • Manage of organizing and maintaining laboratory, equipment, personnel and training documents.
  • Set-up the liquid handlers and assist with liquid handlers automated procedures.
  • Ensure on-time calibration of laboratory equipment is scheduled and performed.
  • Report all concerns of test quality and/or safety to the Supervisor or Safety Officer.
  • Work closely with the CLS’s and Accessioning Teams and Reagent Manufacturing team to provide consistent and ongoing support to the entire service department.
  • Write and revise standard operating procedures, as needed.
  • Identify process improvement opportunities and report to laboratory management
  • Provide guidance for new Clinical Laboratory Associates, give constructive feedback and provide peer review feedback for evaluations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


ABOUT YOU  - If you are a dedicated Clinical Laboratory Associate with the following experience who holds:

  • Minimum of AA or equivalent required
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science, Clinical Science or related field preferred.
  • At least 2 years of related experiences in a high complexity laboratory
  • Demonstrate a high level of competency when assisting in the analytical sample processing steps all other supporting function
  • Dedicated to making a difference
  • Driven to make a positive impact in cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Great communicator with great written and verbal fluency in English
  • Detailed oriented with an appetite to drive tasks to completion
  • Ability to work well in a rapid-pace startup environment
  • Ability to work well in a group
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision

Additional Information

Employee may be required to lift routine office supplies and use office equipment.  Majority of the work is performed in a desk/office environment; however, there may be exposure to high noise levels, fumes, and biohazard material in the laboratory environment.  Ability to sit for extended periods of time.


Guardant Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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