Under the supervision of the Research Scientist Supervisor of the Data, Testing, Epidemiology and Quality Support (DTEQS) Section, the Research Associate (RA) will assist in the management of patient records and specimens submitted for testing to the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Laboratory (VRDL). The primary responsibilities of this position will include coordinating testing of specimens submitted diagnostic and surveillance testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and other viruses, reporting of test results, clerical/administrative work, and serving as a liaison between VRDL and its partners and stakeholders including epidemiologists and other public health laboratories. The RA may also perform basic/limited laboratory duties, as assigned.
Use databases such as StarLIMS and Access for data entry, locating patient information, routing samples for testing, and tracking pending samples
Reviews laboratory results for accuracy and completeness, reports results to submitters, and answers questions about appropriate specimen type(s) to submit and the method of packaging and transport.
Preparing specimens and shipping documents for send out to partners.
Serves as a liaison between VRDL and its partners and stakeholders to obtain, retrieve, and maintain epidemiological information for patient and specimen tracking.
Prepares and presents summary reports and updates to internal staff, CDPH partners, and stakeholders.
Utilization of databases such as STARLIMS and Access for data entry, locating patient information, routing samples for testing, and tracking pending samples.
Perform routing technical and non-technical laboratory procedures for processing specimens, including receiving and organizing the storage of specimens.
Perform other duties as directed by the DTEQS supervisor in the office and laboratory setting.
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