Exact Sciences Corporation

Technical Lead, Extraction

Job Locations US-AZ-Phoenix
Req No.
Clinical Lab Operations
Regular Full-Time

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Technical Lead, Extraction is responsible for the technical operations of assigned section(s). This position serves as the subject matter expert for other laboratory staff and assists in the coordination of workflow, personnel, and resources, and monitors the quality and efficiency in one or more technical sections of the laboratory. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Competently carry out the laboratory procedures for specimen handling and processing according to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Perform testing for the downstream molecular analysis of disease using advanced techniques and equipment according to the SOPs.
  • Maintain detailed records of testing and any corrective actions in adherence to CLIA regulations;  independently analyze and implement corrective actions and discuss with leadership prior to the end of the day.
  • Calibrate and perform routine maintenance on equipment to ensure proper functioning according to the SOPs.
  • Perform quality control procedures, review and report resulting data, and maintain result records according to the SOPs.
  • Perform proficiency testing for assigned tests/equipment and record and maintain records of performance and outcomes according to the SOPs.
  • Participate in lab meetings and generate ideas for improving efficiency and productivity in the laboratory operations.
  • Provide technical guidance, training, and daily assignments to junior staff members.
  • Supervise staff; including, but not limited to, organize and prioritize work, write/conduct performance reviews, train/develop, and manage work performance.
  • Communicate goals clearly to employees to ensure understanding and success in achieving them.
  • Motivate and inspire employees to do their best work through coaching.
  • Maintain morale and support employee engagement initiatives.
  • Apply strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.  
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to act with an inclusion mindset and model these behaviors for the organization.
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends, as needed.
  • Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work seated for approximately 50% of a typical working day. Ability to work standing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to grasp with both hands; pinch with thumb and forefinger; turn with hand/arm; reach above shoulder height.
  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Ability to use various types of laboratory equipment; including microscopes, microtomes, blades, strainers, and pipettes for extended periods of time.
  • May perform repetitious actions using lab tools.
  • Ability to use near vision to view samples at close range.
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials, tissue specimens, and instruments with moving parts, lasers, heating and freezing elements, and high-speed centrifugation.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Laboratory Science, Biological Science, Medical Laboratory Technology, or related field as outlined in the essential duties.
  • 5+ years of experience working in molecular diagnostics with DNA isolation, PCR, real time PCR, or sequencing.
  • 1+ years of experience training and managing employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced technical knowledge of all procedures being performed in the assigned department.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company’s affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.


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