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Temporary Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Department: Laboratory - OC
Office or Remote: PRL OC
Location: Irvine, CA
Business Unit: Pandemic Response Lab (PRL)

Job Title:  Temp Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Reports to: Lab Supervisor 

Location: Irvine, CA

About Us
Opentrons Labworks, Inc., is a disruptive life science company leveraging its integrated lab platform to supercharge the pace of innovation in research and healthcare. Through our business unit, Opentrons Robotics, thousands of institutions are automating R&D operations with flexible, easy-to-use lab robots. Health systems across the US rely on our Pandemic Response Lab (PRL) to deliver high-throughput and affordable molecular diagnostic testing. And through recent acquisitions Neochromosome and Zenith AI, biopharma can benefit from our world-class genome-scale cell engineering solutions. 

We provide excellent benefits, competitive compensation, equity packages, and opportunities for growth. If you are looking for your next exciting opportunity, come join us!


  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision insurance for employees and their families

  • Paid Vacation, Parental and Sick Leave

  • Generous Stock options

  • 401k with 4% company match

  • Long-term and short-term Life & Disability insurance

  • And much more!

About the Role

The Clinical Laboratory Scientist will be responsible for the daily testing of patient samples in all areas of the clinical laboratory according to established policies and procedures including the operation of computerized and automated instrumentation. Clinical Laboratory Scientists will follow procedures pursuant to established protocols including maintaining equipment and records, and performing quality assurance activities, requiring the exercise of independent judgment and responsibility.

This is a Full-Time, temporary (contract) position and it will be for the 3rd shift (10 PM - 7 AM).

Duties / Responsibilities

  • Daily testing of patient samples in all areas of the clinical laboratory according to established policies and procedures

  • Operation of computerized and automated instrumentation, quality control and maintenance, quality assurance and test results distribution

  • Picks up samples from accessioning and sorts samples into appropriate racks

  • Sorts samples and distributes them to the appropriate setup hood

  • Manages specimen library within established time frames

  • Prepares samples for processing for RNA Isolation or RT-PCR processing

  • Unpacks and stores reagents and supplies

  • Inventories and orders warehouse supply items

  • Decontaminates work areas as designated

  • Maintains work area in clean and organized condition

  • Follows all PPE requirements

  • Maintains designated laboratory equipment

  • Uses various laboratory computer systems for labeling, inquiry, crediting, and resulting as needed

  • Disposing of biohazard, chemical waste, weekly specimens and other materials as needed

  • Coordinating and providing team support including mentoring/training new employees

  • Participating in government or regulatory agency inspections as needed

  • Ad-hoc projects as directed by the Management Team


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree (Medical Technology, Biology, or Clinical Laboratory Sciences) required

  • Current State of California Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Generalist) license required*

  • 0-2 years of relevant work experience in Molecular testing strongly preferred but recent graduates eligible for CA CLS Full Licensure will be considered*

Working Conditions and Physical Effort 


  • Working irregular hours including call hours 

  • Physically demanding, high-stress environment

  • Exposure to body fluids, communicable diseases, chemicals, and repetitive motions

  • Pushing and pulling heavy objects 

  • Full range of body motion including handling and lifting objects

  • Position requires light to moderate work with 50 pounds maximum weight to lift and carry. 

  • Position requires reaching, bending, stooping, and handling objects with hands and/or fingers, talking and/or hearing, and seeing


Opentrons is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.






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