Job Details

University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 2259307
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Laboratory Technician

Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 18388

Initial Review Date (IRD)
UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit. 

The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this job is: 06-02-2021

Dept Marketing Statement
Effective May 1, 2020, the UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab was approved as a temporary testing site by the California Department of Public Health, under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certificate of accreditation - CDF-00002057, CLIA # 05D0687329 to provide COVID-19 testing. The lab will operate within the guidance and regulations put forward by the State of California, the County of Santa Cruz, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the FDA. To meet the anticipated demand for COVID-19 testing in Santa Cruz County, a Laboratory Technician is needed to assist the Molecular Diagnostic Lab with processing laboratory specimens and results under the general direction of laboratory personnel and UCSC faculty. 

Job Overview

The Laboratory Technician for the Molecular Diagnostic Lab will support COVID-19 testing through key responsibilities including: preparing and distributing testing materials for partner clinical providers, receiving samples and ensuring sample integrity, operating testing protocols, processing test results, and problem-solving issues that arise.  Additional duties may include acting as the Lab Safety Representative, contributing to drafting/modifying policies, procedures and other written documentation relating to UCSC SARS-CoV-2 testing, and contributing to effective team operations. The UCSC SARS-CoV-2 qPCR Assay is a molecular in vitro diagnostic test that aids in the detection and diagnosis 2019-nCoV and is based on widely used nucleic acid amplification technology. The RNA is isolated and purified from anterior nasal swab upper respiratory specimens.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Information: $28.74/hour

No. of Positions: 1-3

Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Full benefits

Schedule Information:
Full-time, Fixed
Percentage of Time: 100%
Average Hours Per Week: 40
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri, plus a Saturday or Sunday
Shift Includes: Day, Evenings, Weekend

Employee Classification: This is a Contract appointment

Job End Date: 6 months from hire date, with possibility of extension

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz main campus

Union Representation: None

Job Code Classification: 006256 (RSCH DATA ANL 2)

Job Duties
50% - Perform COVID-19 diagnostic testing pursuant to Standard Operating Procedures.  Identify and report any irregular results or properties of the key experimental reagents.  Identify and track issues with samples and isolate points of failure.

20% - Accessioning and tracking incoming clinical samples using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

15% - Collaborate and contribute to laboratory procedures and CLIA documentation; gather and analyze research and clinical data; prepare and summarize information and / or recommendations, including potentiall laboratry safety representative functions. 

5% - Monitor equipment and instrument functions and assist in their maintenance.

5% - Assist with logistics between the testing lab and the partner clinical providers.

5% - Assist with the training other Laboratory personnel.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's of Science degree in related area.
  • Experience working in a research or clinical laboratory.
  • Working knowledge of research functions.
  • Working skills in data management and data security.
  • Working skills in analysis and consultation.
  • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong writing and editing skills sufficient to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Strong oral communication skills, with the ability to provide information in a clear and concise manner and actively listen.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to provide value in a team environment.
  • Ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive topics, data and/or materials.

View full job description and access on-line application:

To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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