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Medical Lab Scientist

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
SHIELD Illinois
Physical Address
Chicago, IL 60612
Job Description

SHIELD Illinois is a screening testing program and infrastructure that deploys the University of Illinois’ innovative saliva test across the state. We save lives by curbing the spread of COVID-19, while reducing productivity loss and prioritizing employee wellbeing. SHIELD Illinois uses cutting-edge PCR technology and robotics to deliver fast reliable results to patients. We strive to have a positive impact on patients’ lives across Illinois by making complicated testing and long turnaround times a thing of the past.

SHIELD Illinois is actively seeking intrinsically motivated, highly educated scientists with excellent communication skills to join our molecular laboratory team and help solve critical issues that may arise in a diagnostic clinical laboratory.

Follow testing procedures and policies
Perform routine and complex procedures outlined in the SOP’s
Demonstrate accuracy and precision in using single and multi-channel pipettes
Prepare dilution buffers and create RT-PCR master mix solutions
Troubleshoot solution prep or hardware related issues
Learn and understand robotic software and various PCR-related software
Contribute and communicate with leadership and staff about quality control and compliance improvement projects
Clean and disinfect laboratory spaces and equipment using molecular, PCR-clean cleaning techniques
Assist and direct staff in organizing laboratory space
Ensure and communicate testing inventory supply needs
Help team with process and accession specimens
Other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Laboratory Director or Research Director

Bachelor’s degree in the Life Sciences (verification of diploma and transcripts required)
Ability and willingness to lift containers of 50 pounds or less
Ability and skillset to follow SOP’s and EOP’s
Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve technical issues while communicating effectively with laboratory staff and leadership team
Critical thinking skills
Strong documentation skills
Ability to thrive in a team-environment and also independently
Dedicated to the vision of stopping COVID-19

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, clinical lab science, or medical technology
6 months experience of working in a laboratory experience preferred

Pay rate: commensurate with experience

Schedule: flexible, up to 40 hrs/wk

Locations: Metro Chicago/Rockford/Central IL/Springfield/Champaign Areas

This is a temporary, hourly, non-benefit eligible position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references at

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