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July 10, 2019. Supervisor – Accessioning and Sample Management

SUpervisor – Accessioning and sample Management

Sera Prognostics, Inc., a women’s health care company, is seeking a driven individual for the role of Supervisor of Sample Accessioning and Management.  This is a full-time, in-house position that will oversee a team of sample processors, and problem resolution specialists (PRS) responsible for receiving, evaluating, accessioning samples, and resolving sample issues in preparation for testing in the Sera Clinical Laboratory. This supervisor is responsible for developing and maintaining an efficient sample processing and problem resolution workflow, and effective processor and problem resolution specialists (PRS) training and is a key member of the Sera Quality Committee. The position oversees draw site and phlebotomist training and assists with onboarding draw sites, as well as, counseling and resolution on routine issues to ensure that the daily work of the team is completed accurately and on time.

Responsibilities

  • Supervises accessioners and PRS who complete the pre-analytical laboratory processes necessary to prepare samples for testing in the Sera Clinical Laboratory, including receiving sample shipments, evaluating samples prior to testing, accessioning, storing and tracking extra samples, and documenting and resolving sample issues
  • Recruits and trains new sample processing and problem resolution staff
  • Coordinates sample handling and trouble-shooting with the Sera Clinical Lab, and contracted draw sites
  • Coordinates with Clinical Operations in sample handling and accessioning incoming clinical samples
  • Maintains quality metrics and report them to management and the Sera Quality Committee
  • Serves as the first point of contact on technical, procedural, and policy questions related to sample collection, shipping, processing, and problem resolution
  • Develops and documents efficient sample processing and sample issue resolution processes, in collaboration with the Sera Clinical Lab and Commercial Operation groups
  • Assists in validation and maintenance of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) application

Qualifications and Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biological science, laboratory science, or related field from an accredited college or university. Exceptional candidates with other educational or direct on the job experience will also be considered.
  • Requires an understanding of CLIA, CAP and NYS QA/QC procedures.
  • Requires a minimum of 3-5 years clinical laboratory experience
  • Requires experience with phlebotomy, problem resolution, customer experience and specimen processing
  • ASCP certification (MT, C, or MLS) or equivalent is preferred
  • Experience with automation as it relates to accessioning is also highly desirable
  • One or more years’ experience supervising other employees is preferred
  • Familiarity with Salesforce.com and Nautilus LIMS systems preferred
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June 28, 2019. Laboratory Automation Engineer

LABoratory Automation engineer

Sera Prognostics, Inc., a women’s health care company, is seeking a driven individual for the role of Laboratory Automation Engineer.  The Automation Engineer will contribute to the installation, qualification, validation, troubleshooting and maintenance of simple and complex laboratory instrumentation within the laboratories of Sera Prognostics, Inc.  This position works closely with the other members of the Technical Services team at Sera to ensure that the existing infrastructure necessary for laboratory operations is operating at its highest possible capacity while maintaining the highest quality results. Additionally, the Automation Engineer will collaborate with the engineering team to develop, deploy and validate new automation technologies processes to meet the company’s future testing requirements.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists and works with the other members of the Technical Services Team during the installation, qualification, operation, and maintenance of both simple and complex laboratory instrumentation, including but not limited to:
    • Liquid chromatography systems
    • Mass spectrometers
    • Forced air incubators
    • Freezers (low and ultra-low) and refrigerators
    • Vacuum concentrators
    • Water purification systems
  • Applies laboratory automation experience to the process improvement and troubleshooting of laboratory procedures and workflows
  • In collaboration with the engineering team, implements solutions to liquid handling robotics, tube labeling and capping, tube and microplate handling, specimen storage, and other lab automation technologies
  • Implements new barcode labeling and scanning capabilities to achieve 100% complete chain of custody in sample tracking
  • Identifies opportunities to expedite or improve project completion, develop new projects, or new uses of current technology
  • Contributes to the criteria and selection of equipment and processes to facilitate the automation of all laboratory testing and needed modifications
  • Maintains highly detailed, contemporaneous documentation of all activities performed on instrumentation
  • Assists in assay and testing system validations
  • Authors validation protocols and reports consistent with company and regulatory validation standards
  • Reviews and/or authors SOP’s in support of the testing processes
  • Effectively communicates with engineering staff of instrument vendors
  • Complies with corporate and safety policies of Sera Prognostics, Inc.
  • Suggests improvements in efficiencies for laboratory processes or procedures

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s in Chemistry, Biology, Medical Technology, Mechanical Engineering or similar.
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Dexterous and able to use tools
  • Ability to read, understand and adhere to standard operating procedures
  • Proficient in the use of computers and basic software packages (Word, Excel)
  • The ability to work safely in a laboratory environment
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate a high degree of personal & professional initiative
  • Strong organizational/time management; able to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously
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