• 05-May-2021 to 04-Jul-2021 (PST)
  • Laboratory
  • Folsom, CA, USA
  • Full Time

About Us

StemExpress, LLC was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Folsom, California. We currently stand as the nation's leading biospecimen provider of viable, healthy/disease-state human primary cell products for academic, biotechnological and contract research organizations. We support medical research, gene therapies and clinical trials by providing researchers with the highest quality cellular material from our own state-of-the-art laboratories. We have built an extensive global network of hospitals and clinics with a vast donor base, granting scientists access to consistent and specialized cellular products. In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020, we began partnering with hospitals and public health departments to provide end-to-end COVID-19 testing using gold-standard PCR. We are committed to expanding and optimizing both their COVID-19 operations as well as the company's core cell and gene therapy initiatives.

The Team

The StemExpress Laboratory team is driven to provide researchers high-quality products at life-changing speed. The team excels at purifying human primary cells from umbilical cord blood, whole blood, bone marrow and various human tissues. Laboratory activities include pooling plasma/buffy coats; processing; identifying; sorting; and tracking various specimens in adherence to all applicable regulatory requirements. They are also instrumental in supporting StemExpress with clinical product expansion and diagnostic services.

Duties and Essential Job Functions

  • Independently performs consistently moderate and high complexity clinical tests
  • Exhibits skills and proficiency in applying technical principles and techniques of medical and clinical laboratory science and technology
  • Prepares and tests new reagents or controls and evaluates their usefulness based on standard criteria
  • Understands and follows all safety procedures relating to laboratory safety, including handling of infectious biological agents and potentially hazardous chemicals, as well as appropriate hazardous clean up procedures and universal precautions for infection control procedures
  • Analyzes clinical laboratory specimens following standard methods and procedures to judge the adequacy and qualities of all specimens submitted for testing
  • Correctly verifies that the proper specimen is being analyzed for the appropriate donor and that the requested test is being performed
  • Performs Quality Control procedures to ensure accuracy of clinical data
  • Validates test results through correlation with test parameters and QC metrics
  • Performs test calibrations and runs Quality Control material at appropriate intervals
  • Determines calculated results utilizing testing data by means of manual or computerized procedures
  • Accurately enters results of testing
  • Evaluates the acceptability of routine analysis and confirms testing on all abnormal values to ensure accuracy prior to releasing patient reports
  • Takes appropriate action in response to critical values or unusual or unexpected results, and documents action taken
  • Responsible for performing preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment and properly documenting actions taken based on approved schedule
  • Performs and documents instrument function by checking and calibrating specific lab instruments and documents data
  • Record on instrument logs any repairs, replacement, and maintenance needed of equipment
  • Adhere to all laboratory Quality Control policies, document all Quality Control activities, perform instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance
  • Follows the established non-conformance policies and procedures when test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance
  • Identifies issues that may adversely affect test performance, or the reporting of test results and addresses them immediately
  • Documents all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications
  • Recognizes problems, and initiates troubleshooting steps to evaluate testing failures and other problems, if necessary
  • Monitors and maintains a consistent supply of reagents and consumables
    • Track inventory levels and accurately count supplies
    • Notify Laboratory Coordinator/Supervisor of supplies to order
  • Provides on-going technical guidance to laboratory assistants and laboratory associates. Instructs and/or trains new employees in the proper performance of routine procedures as needed
  • Provides constant work direction, guidance and technical supervision to unlicensed staff as necessary
  • Responsible for packing, unpacking, inspecting and proper storage of test specimens
  • Follows established company and department policies and procedures regarding safety and infection control
  • Maintains a safe and neat work area
  • Maintains cooperative working relationships with co-workers and direct reports
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology or biological sciences from an accredited college or university
  • A current Clinical Laboratory Scientist or ASCP license to perform clinical laboratory testing in California
  • Zero to three years direct experience in a laboratory setting
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer skills such as word processing, statistical analysis, and laboratory information system
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, with the ability manage numerous high priority projects and demands at once
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team member
  • Flexible in nature to accommodate new program growth and change

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with human tissue procurement and basic molecular biological techniques, such as RNA/DNA extraction, nucleic acid amplification (PCR, RT-PCR), immunoassays (ELISA, lateral flow) and histology
  • Two to Three years of laboratory experience in microbiology, molecular biology and/or biochemistry, and strong understanding of nucleic acid technology and immunoassays are highly desired

StemExpress is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, and values the ways in which we are different.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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