Exact Sciences Corporation

Laboratory Technician, Histology - 3:00pm - 11:30pm shift

Job Locations US-CA-Redwood City
Req No.
Clinical Lab Operations
Regular Full-Time

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Laboratory Technician will support the daily operations of the histology laboratory. This role will demonstrate the skills and competency to work in a high throughput production environment, the ability to assist laboratory personnel in patient sample processing and all other support functions, the initiative to contribute to laboratory projects, and to address laboratory needs and issues. The Laboratory Technician may assist in a lead capacity to coordinate tasks, divide workload, manage projects, and review documents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintain stringent standards for quality to identify any issues that might adversely impact the quality of test results and/or employee safety.
  • Communicate issues to the appropriate management representatives to ensure prompt resolution, as needed.
  • Complete training in general lab duties and attend laboratory meetings and/or continuing education opportunities.
  • Provide guidance and constructive feedback for new lab employees.
  • Provide peer review feedback for evaluations.
  • Assist in the general upkeep of the laboratory; including, but not limited to, maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies, and equipment, and cleaning glassware, racks, and other laboratory supplies.
  • Manage and organize inventory of slides, tubes, blocks, and sample inventory.
  • Respond to temperature alerts and generate reports using the wireless temperature monitoring system.
  • Ensure on-time calibration of laboratory equipment.
  • Document and maintain all records for equipment and instruments.
  • Assist with the organization and maintenance of personnel and training documents.
  • Perform quality assurance activities, to include internal audits, and inspection preparation.
  • Assist in batching samples, label printing, and verification of specimen labeling.
  • Assist in research, development, and validation studies, as needed.
  • Support in monitoring the histology queue for various tasks that need to be performed and performing these tasks with supervision.
  • Use laboratory information management system (LIMS) to track requisition and specimen status and ensure prompt turnaround time of specimens.
  • Set up laboratory equipment and perform equipment maintenance independently and according to the laboratory’s standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Support the training of laboratory assistants/technicians on current and new procedures.
  • Interact with the customer service team by phone, fax, or e-mail to obtain required information and documentation.
  • Review SOPs and provide input for improvements.
  • Participate in projects under the supervision of leadership, while maintaining quality and efficient workflow of daily duties.
  • Assist with automated procedures according to the laboratory's stand operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Lead the laboratory technician team to coordinate tasks and divide workload, as needed.
  • Ability to learn and follow written procedures.
  • Ability to integrate and apply feedback in a professional manner.
  • Ability to prioritize and drive assignments to completion with a high emphasis on quality.
  • Ability to identify process improvement opportunities.
  • Apply strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Apply strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to maintain open communication with internal employees, managers, and customers.
  • Ability to use a computer and learn to use new tracking programs.
  • Ability to analyze issues and trouble shoot or escalate for assistance.
  • Ability to use computer to concentrate, read, and/or analyze data, or apply scientific rules.
  • Ability to multi-task and be flexible with tasks and schedules.
  • Ability to anticipate and adapt to changes in workflow and schedule.
  • 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 designated schedule.
  • Ability to work overtime, as needed.
  • Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 75% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work seated for approximately 75% of a typical working day. Ability to work standing for approximately 25% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds for approximately 10% 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

  • Associates Degree in Life Sciences, or field as outlined in the essential duties; or High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)and 2+ years relevant experience as outlined in the essential duties in lieu of Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 1+ years of experience working in a laboratory environment, or relevant laboratory experience through coursework.
  • 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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences or field as outlined in the essential duties.  
  • 2+ years of experience in related field as outlined in the essential duties.
  • Experience maintaining inventory or resources in an organized manner.
  • Working knowledge of quality control processes and methodologies.

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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