Laboratory Manager (Molecular Diagnostics) at LABORATORY CORP OF AMERICA HOLDINGS

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Laboratory Manager (Molecular Diagnostics)

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Location San Diego, California Job ID 20-84975

LabCorp is seeking a Clinical Laboratory Manager to join our team in San Diego, CA. In this position, you will work in a fast paced, customer focused, and challenging environment, and will be a part of our overall mission at LabCorp: "Improving Health, Improving Lives" as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As you may know, LabCorp was the first national laboratory to launch molecular testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 and we have performed over 8 million PCR tests to date.

This position will focus primarily on managing the COVID-19 PCR testing in the Molecular department of our Clinical Laboratory, where the Technologists perform both automated and manual testing with the overall goal of providing results that will be used for the diagnosis and management of COVID-19. Assays performed in this department include both automated and manual testing, Qualitative and Quantitative PCR, with the overall goal of providing results that can be used for the diagnosis and management of a wide range of infections using real-time PCR detection of nucleic acid.

  • Oversee the daily operational activities of the Molecular Diagnostics Lab; both the technical and non-technical operations
  • Effectively manage the staffing of the department and monitor the production schedule to ensure adequate coverage and proper use of overtime; adjust as needed
  • Effectively manage change, facilitate innovation and foster teambuilding to provide the highest quality and most cost effective laboratory product possible.
  • Ensure the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory provides market leading service levels, meeting the needs of our clients and corporate service metrics established for TAT
  • Resolves client inquiries and operational issues in a timely manner by consulting with the Medical Director, Technical Director, QA, other laboratory managers, discipline directors, laboratory directors or corporate operations.
  • Ensures laboratory is compliant with corporate, state and federal regulatory requirements (CAP, CLIA, State, I.S.O.15189, etc) related to personnel safety and quality of laboratory testing as well as professional conduct in assigned areas
  • Assist with developing and implementing of laboratory procedures as well as installation of equipment and methods according to scheduled timelines
  • Ensures effective communication with Leadership, Clients, Sales, Corporate Operations, as well as direct reports and all departmental staff
  • Conduct departmental meetings and ensures appropriate departmental communication
  • Investigate deviations from established procedures to ensure effective corrective action
  • Ensure personnel competency and address performance related issues as necessary
  • Continuous education of technical knowledge in the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory testing
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment


  • Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biology, or Medical Technology
  • Minimum 8 years of experience as a medical technologist in a clinical laboratory
  • California CLS License required
  • Prior supervisor experience managing several direct reports
  • ASCP Certification or other specialty board a plus
  • Previous experience with Hologic Tigris DTS or Panther platforms and Roche Cobas 4800/6800/8800 platform is preferred
  • Experience in a high volume clinical laboratory environment
  • Strong knowledge of molecular biology fundamentals; experience with an LIS
  • High level of proficiency with computers and robotics
  • Strong working knowledge of quality assurance practices and procedures
  • Understanding of laboratory operations as well as policies and procedures
  • Proven ability to problem solve/troubleshoot and provide solutions under minimal supervisio
  • Proven success in training and developing both technical and non-technical employees
  • Must meet CLIA and NY requirements of a technical supervisor
  • Strong communication skills; both written and verbal
  • Highly motivated and energetic with the ability to work effectively in a high test volume setting
  • Ability to handle the physical requirements of the position




Monday - Friday (3:00pm-11:30pm)
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