Career Opportunities

Molecular Technologist, Clinical Laboratory

About Salish

Salish Bioscience is an early-stage oncology diagnostics company. We are focused on improving cancer outcomes by developing highly sensitive and specific tests that provide accurate information about a person’s condition. Our in vitro diagnostic, liquid biopsy products leverage the vast genomic information found in circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) to inform on precision medicine and residual disease.

As an organization, we value teamwork, imagination, contribution, flexibility, courage, and trust. We are looking to add team members who are energized by the idea of building something bigger than themselves, who are comfortable with the adventures associated with carving a new path, and who understand the power of teams over individuals.

At Salish Bioscience, we believe that diverse teams are more effective teams, and that people are our most important business asset. We seek to provide a work environment and a compensation package that is attractive to the highest performing professionals in our field.

We were formed in the Pacific Northwest within sight of the majestic Salish Sea, which captures the magnitude of our mission and inspired our name.


Work Environment

Clinical Laboratory with restricted areas and an office setting.
Laboratory Address: 3005 1st Ave., Suite 204, Seattle, WA 98121


The Position

The Salish Biosciences laboratory performs a proprietary next-generation sequencing workflow to assist oncology patients’ access to appropriate chemotherapeutics as part of clinical trials and diagnostic testing. This is an entry-to-intermediate level molecular technologist position working under the direction of the General Supervisor in Salish Biosciences’ CLIA laboratory.

The daily activities may consist of receiving, accessioning, processing and/or analysis of clinical samples. Additional duties may consist of data management, laboratory & equipment maintenance including applicable cleaning and decontamination, consumables and reagent inventory management, or other duties as assigned.

Sample handling may consist of sample receipt, accessioning, preparation, processing, analysis, storage, and safe disposal. Sample processing may consist of performing nucleic acid extraction, library preparation, QC procedures, and next-generation sequencing assay setup. The data management may consist of use of paper or electronic systems to ensure immaculate record keeping in accordance with CLIA requirements to maintain sample chain of custody, accurate results and reports.

Laboratory, equipment & reagents management may consist of maintenance, cleaning and inventory management.

Compliance is maintained through strict adherence to established Standard Operating Procedures.



  • Receive, accession, prepare, process, analyze, store and report, as appropriate, on clinical samples as defined in the specific role.

  • Prepare results and reports, as appropriate.

  • Operate manual and automated clinical test instruments and information systems.

  • Use and maintain equipment, as per associated SOPs.

  • Maintain inventory of consumables and reagents, including verification of new lots of reagents.

  • Adhere to all laboratory policies and procedures.

  • Revise/write existing/new SOPs as appropriate to reflect current/improved practice.

  • Maintain a clean, orderly and safe work environment, including laboratory cleaning and maintenance activities.

  • Perform concurrent data entry with focus on data integrity while maintaining Good Documentation Practices.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders and team members on laboratory activities.

  • Attend and participate in laboratory meetings.

  • Attend training, including yearly Competency and Knowledge assessments as well as, if applicable, Continuous Professional Development.

  • Ability to identify/anticipate process Deviations and Nonconformances, and ensure they’re appropriately escalated as necessary.

  • Other duties, as assigned.

  • May require occasional overtime, including weekends.



Personnel performing high complexity testing must have a minimum of one of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science or medical technology from an accredited institution; or
  • Associate degree in a laboratory science (chemical or biological science) or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution, or equivalent laboratory training and experience meeting the requirements defined in the CLIA regulation 42CFR493.1489 (see NOTE 2); or
  • Meet other provisions defined in 42CFR493.1489(b)(2)(B)(4) or 42CFR493.1489(b)(2)(B)(5)(i) for personnel performing high complexity testing on or before April 24. 1995 (refer to the CLIA regulations for more details)


Required Experience

  • Molecular Biology experience (i.e., DNA Extraction/Purification, PCR/qPCR, and DNA Library Prep/Sequencing)
  • Greater than one year of pertinent molecular laboratory experience.
  • At least one year of prior experience working in a clinical molecular laboratory


Preferred Experience

  • Greater than three years of pertinent molecular laboratory experience.
  • Greater than one year of prior experience working in a clinical molecular laboratory.
  • Prior experience with manual library preparation.
  • Prior LIS/LIMS experience.


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