Clinical Laboratory Associate

Novartis AG Carlsbad , CA 92008

Posted 2 months ago

1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and far too many will lose their battle every year. At Navigate we envision a disease-free world - our talented and passionate team is at the forefront of enabling drug development by using transformative science to deliver high quality, world class clinical biomarker solutions so we can one day realize that vision. Join us on our journey to turning innovative treatment ideas into reality to improve and extend patient lives across the globe. Navigate Biopharma, a fully owned subsidiary of Novartis, provides assay development, clinical trial testing, and companion diagnostics services to companies in the precision medicine field. At present, Navigate supports 100+ clinical trials from 30+ pharma, biotech, and diagnostic companies, including 8 of the top 15 oncology companies globally.

Entry-level laboratory position providing support to clinical testing activities. Responsibilities may include initial intake and registration of patient specimens; handling and pre-analytical processing of patient specimens; data entry and quality check of patient information and pre-analytical data entered into the laboratory information system; slide preparation; and sample management/storage.


  • Work in a GMP/GCP/GLP/CLIA regulated laboratory environment and follow all applicable regulations

  • Follow work instructions and SOPs for labeling, handling, processing, transporting, archiving, and storing specimens.

  • Perform day-to-day pre-analytical processing of specimens in support of downstream clinical testing activities.

  • Perform quality control review of data in laboratory information system (LIS) and on specimen processing forms.

  • Follow established laboratory procedures for mechanical or electronic instruments used for the processing of specimens, including appropriate instrument maintenance.

  • Prepare, label, use, and store reagents in accordance with procedures.

  • Identify problems related to specimen processing and immediately advise line management.

  • Perform accurate data entry of patient, test, and specimen information into the LIS.

  • Document quality control activities, instrument maintenance, and other required laboratory functions, including document scanning documentation in accordance with procedures.

  • Follow established sample tracking and storage procedures for all incoming and outgoing specimens.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Ensure that Quality Events such as incidents and deviations are accurately documented, and for supporting/leading the immediate remediation and preventative actions

  • Ensuring change requests are properly initiated, completed, and approved prior to the use of the assay, system, instrument, software, etc. being changed

  • Maintaining up-to-date training records and ensuring training is complete prior to performing specific job functions

  • Following approved and effective procedures to perform specific job functions, and ensuring procedures accurately reflect activities being performed


Note: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor's degree in technology science or health-related field from an accredited institution


  • Associate's degree in technology science or health-related field with a minimum of two (2) years relevant laboratory working experience.


Note: 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 sit, stand, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.


Note: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 occasionally exposed to laboratory instruments.

The work environment involves moderate exposure to unusual elements including: extreme temperatures, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and includes the use of protective equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Interaction with laboratory equipment, samples, supplies, and laboratory personnel may be required whereby appropriate precautions are to be taken per the Company's Safety and Injury, Illness and Prevention Plans.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse team's representative of the patients and communities we serve.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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