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Quality Control Research Associate

Job Location
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States
Job Description

GRAIL is seeking a Research Associate for the LabOps Manufacturing Sciences and Technology team (MSAT), who will be primarily responsible for materials quality control (QC) and associated tasks. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, exceptional team player with hands-on laboratory experience. The candidate will be expected to partner with many functions of our organization - Automation, Product Development, LIMS, Quality, and Clinical Lab - to identify systems limitations, implement process improvements, write documentation, and be instrumental in the implementation and operation of an internal QC system.

  • Execute on high complexity, functional testing of in-house prepared and externally acquired reagents. 
  • Monitor the manufacturing of assay materials.
  • Coordinate material readiness timing with Supply Chain and material transfers to the Clinical Lab for final material release testing.
  • Support root cause analysis for materials failing QC.
  • Document existing processes and review and maintain existing QC documentation.
  • Investigate potential quality issues (both internal and external) and work with Quality to resolve Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA). 
  • Uphold QC activity compliance with current Quality Systems including, but not limited to CLIA, CAP, and FDA regulatory guidelines.
  • Be an expert in the materials used in the current production assays. 
  • Maintain the reagent retain policy.
  • Assist, when applicable, in Manufacturing activities.


  • B.S. in a relevant field required.
  • 1+ years hands-on laboratory experience, NGS experience is preferred.
  • Experience with automated sample preparation workflows is a plus.
  • Proficient with basic molecular biology laboratory techniques.
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to multitask as needed in a start-up environment.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-directed, innovative, and creative thinker.
  • General computer skills and proficiency in GSuite.
About Our Organization

GRAIL is using the power of high-intensity sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology and to develop and commercialize pioneering products for the early detection of cancer. We are seeking passionate and talented individuals to join us in realizing our mission, which has the potential to alleviate the global burden of cancer.