Job Description

Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Per Diem
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Variable, Variable Hours Per Day, Variable Work Days

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#113751 (CLS) Clinical Lab Scientist Specialist, Per Diem

Extended Deadline: Thu 7/14/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Please note that this position is a per diem, part-time appointment


The incumbent will work in the UCSD Biochemical Genetics Laboratory which is a California Licensed, CLIA and CAP approved Clinical Laboratory. The Biochemical Genetics Lab is an independent reference laboratory that performs clinical tests for pediatric metabolic disorders, as well as clinical testing related to COVID-19.

Under general supervision, the incumbent is assigned technical responsibility and oversight for technologists performing a variety of standard and/or complex clinical assays performed using semi-automated workflows, at a rate of up to 10,000 assays/day.The incumbent will:Write, review, and update policies and procedures (SOP’s) in accordance with State of California, CLIA and CAP guidelines. Determine that work is properly completed and reported. Maintain and monitor the quality control of procedures in compliance with departmental policies and CLIA/CAP regulatory requirements. Maintain quality improvement data and statistics. Keep superiors regularly informed of personnel performance or problems, scheduling problems, difficulties with procedures, equipment, supplies or other daily activities. Develop and maintain appropriate inventory of supplies to ensure smooth operation. Train new and existing employees on procedural changes, policy changes and general information.

Ensure that instrument preventive maintenance, calibration, and trouble-shooting are properly performed. Provide input to the Lab Director and the Director of Medical Services on laboratory operation. Introduce new procedures or methodologies in-house. Participate in method updates and validation. Perform trouble-shooting and minor equipment maintenance. Prepare and process specimens for lab testing. Perform and evaluate laboratory tests based on nucleic and protein detection and quantification. Use, maintain and upgrade laboratory information systems as needed. Generate worksheets and reports.

Throughout these tasks, the incumbent will follow guidelines to ensure continued State and CLIA Licensure for the lab.


  • Current State of California Clinical Laboratory Scientist License (CLS).

  • At least two (2) years of experience working as a licensed Clinical Lab Scientist for high complexity testing.

  • Strong skill in the operation and maintenance of various lab equipment such as centrifuges, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, and electrophoresis equipment.

  • Demonstrated experience with DNA and RNA isolation, RTPCR and qPCR.

  • Proven knowledge of clinical laboratory procedures and requirements such as quality control.

  • Proficient with the operation of PC's and associated software, including Word, Excel, etc. Ability to work with and learn new software for data-analysis.

  • Ability and willingness to handle and work with human biospecimens and other bio-hazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic materials, and to recognize safety problems. Ability to follow established Safety and Bio-hazardous Material Guidelines.

  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to established UCSD guidelines for safety and environmental issues.

  • Strong experience in keeping accurate and well-organized lab records, lab notebook and computer data files.

  • Thorough skill in setting up and modifying published assay procedures.

  • Detailed knowledge of nucleic acid purification and isolation.

  • Detailed knowledge of molecular biology necessary to perform nucleic acid analyses.

  • Superb oral and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Evenings and weekends will be required.
  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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