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Job Title: Operations Assistant

Job Code:  DrX039-2017
Department:  Operations
Reports to:  Vice President, Operations
Classification:  Non-Exempt (Contract to Hire)
Location:  Fremont, CA

Summary
The Operations Assistant will perform tasks such as kit packaging, inventory, shipping, receiving and facilities maintenance.

Essential Functions

This position will be responsible for performing routine and non-routine tasks involved in preparing products for shipping, receiving, and coordinating the facilities maintenance.  Main responsibilities include:
  • Preparing products for shipment.
  • Maintaining the on-site laboratory supplies storage room.
  • Inventory maintenance and regular cycle counts.
  • Shipping and receiving of products.
  • Assisting in the manufacturing service functions including labeling, kit packaging, lab ware cleaning, liquid nitrogen tanks maintenance, etc.
  • Other duties as outlined and required for the smooth functioning of the group and the organization.

Required Education/Experience/Competencies
  • AA/AS in biological or biotechnology sciences or High School Diploma with minimum 1 year experience in related industry.
  • Very detail oriented.
  • Familiar with basic computer skills.
  • Ability to lift objects up to 25 pounds.
  • Willing to learn new skills and be able to work in a team environment.

Preferred Education and Experience
  • Familiarity with shipping and warehouse maintenance a plus.


Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment
Laboratory setting, potential for exposure to various chemicals and cryogens (dry ice, liquid nitrogen), working in walk-in freezers.

Travel
No travel is expected for this position.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are regular business hours Monday through Friday. The ability to work a flexible schedule (including evening and weekend work) may be required depending on business needs and job duties.

DiscoverX is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.
EOE/AA/M/F/D/V
 


Job Title: Group Leader, Assay Operations
Job Code:  DrX047-2017
Department:  43-BSK-Op Services
Reports to:  Vice President, Cell-Based Assay Operations
Classification:  Exempt
Location:  South San Francisco, CA

Summary
The ideal candidate will have a background in cell biology or immunology with extensive cellular assay experience, preferably with primary human cells; will have employed methods of analysis such as flow cytometry and ELISA, and have experience in microplate assays, immunofluorescent or immunohistochemical procedures, and will possess a master’s degree or higher in immunology, cell biology or a related field.

Essential Functions

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day operation of the Assay Automation group, comprising of the HTS laboratory.
  • Supervise the HTS and Assay Automation group.
  • Maintain and developing the automation used for high throughput screening in human cell-based assays.
  • Ensuring client data meet internal QA/QC criteria and are completed on time.
  • Supporting the Research and Development group at BioSeek developing novel disease focused assays.
  • Evaluation of new detection technologies.
  • Identifying and testing new equipment for implementation the lab.
  • Developing strategies for streamlining work flow and increasing capacity.
  • Tracking historical assay performance metrics.
  • Performing other duties as required and assigned.
    • Daily duties include: data analysis and QA/QC; manage HTS laboratory and Assay Automation group, operation of the robotic assay systems; maintenance of new and existing software applications and tools; method development to support cell-based HTS.
    • Participate in the execution of in vitro disease models performing a variety of cell-based assays.
    • Design and organize execution of client-based screening assays.
    • HTS scale-up of validated assays, including generation of SOP's and training Assay Operations Department personnel.
    • Essential techniques include:
    • Experience with antibody based detection technologies, ELISA, bead-based detection methods or other multiplexing solutions and other protein detection technologies.
    • Assist with day-to-day operations of HTS lab including purchasing, equipment maintenance, and organization.
    • Manage data including organization, statistical analysis utilizing Excel, company database.
    • Professional presentation of project specifications and data to company colleagues utilizing Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
    • Work cooperatively with scientists, personnel in other departments (e.g. Assay Operations, Informatics).

Required Education/Experience/Competencies
  • M.S. or equivalent experience in biological sciences.
  • 4+ years of academic or biotechnology experience in immunological research.
  • Experience in cellular assays including ELISA.  
  • Experience with operation, maintenance and programming of laboratory automation equipment.
  • Must be able to work independently and have exceptional interpersonal, organization and communication skills.

Preferred Education and Experience


Supervisory Responsibility
This position supervises two (2) employees of the department and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of those employees.

Work Environment
Laboratory environment. This role routinely uses standard laboratory equipment. This position operates in a BSL1/2 laboratory setting. There is potential for exposure to human tissues and fluids.

Travel
No travel is expected for this position.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Some movement of laboratory studies are required. This would require the ability to conduct experiments, operate laboratory equipment, and bend or stand to transfer experiments from one instrument to another. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are regular business hours Monday through Friday. The ability to work a flexible schedule (including evening and weekend work) may be required depending on business needs and job duties.

DiscoverX is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.
EOE/AA/M/F/D/V



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