Pre-Analytical Shift Lead, Overnight Shift

Burlingame, California /
Clinical Lab /
Recently named by Rock Health as the 'Best Digital Health Company to Work For,' Color is a leading healthcare technology company. Color makes population-scale healthcare programs accessible, convenient, and cost-effective for everyone. Color works with health systems, employers, and national health initiatives around the world including the million-person All of Us Research Program by the National Institutes of Health. 

Since March, Color has mobilized to repurpose core parts of its infrastructure for a massive COVID-19 response and helped fundamentally change the access model for COVID-19 testing across massive public health programs (including the City of San Francisco and community-based efforts in Oakland), major U.S. employers, and universities. For more information about Color and its response to COVID-19, visit

Color recently launched a high throughput CLIA-certified COVID-19 testing laboratory integrated with public health tools. The testing facility, based in Burlingame, CA, processes samples from hospitals and public health authority testing efforts, with a near-term goal of performing 10,000 tests per day. The testing platform connects supply to demand through an integrated software platform for public health agencies to manage risk screening, test ordering, results delivery, case management, contact tracing, and public health agency case reporting. Color is also establishing scientific collaborations with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Weill Cornell Medicine to develop and openly share technology. The goal of the collaborations is to directly increase COVID-19 testing capacity, introduce new testing technologies, and share protocols that can help labs across the U.S. scale testing capacity more rapidly.

Shift Options:
Friday - Monday, 4:00pm - 2:00am (4 ten hour shifts)
Monday - Friday, 10:00pm - 6:00am (Overnight shift)

The Pre-Analytical Shift lead will act as the central point of information and coordination for the team responsible for sample handling, extraction and related workflows. The lead is broadly responsible for ensuring that: 

    • The work of the shift is scheduled properly.
    • The team is coordinated, informed, supported, and focusing on the most important work.
    • Any issues are surfaced, addressed and documented.
    • The lab space is prepared and maintainedInformation moves smoothly between shifts, between pre-analytical and analytical teams, and between the production lab and clinical operations. 
    • Training is scheduled and supervised accordingly

How You’ll Contribute:

    • Coordination of sample processing: Establish the priority queue of samples to be extracted, including clinical samples and non-clinical samples (validation, RQs, PQs, special). Coordinating with Accessioning & Analytical teams to ensure smooth coordination for this flow. Form the auxiliary shift work, including just-in-time manufacturing.Allocate and supervise the pre-analytical staff during the shift to different responsibilities needed.Schedule re-run plates for extraction or send-out.
    • Communication within the pre-analytical team: Ensure that the pre-analytical team understands the daily plan Ensure that the pre-analytical team understands any relevant updates to the workflowRespond to questions and concerns from the pre-analytical team
    • Quality support: Observe, document, and resolve sample processing issues that arise, such as instrumentation issues, sample-specific or plate-specific issuesSupport staff training, observe performance and provide ongoing supportObserve and report discrepancies between demand and staffing
    • Communication between teams: Be the point of contact between Accessioning and Analytical teams for sample processing issuesCommunicate with Operations teams for instrumentation, lab stocking, and instrument or reagent qualification issuesCollaborate with Tech Transfer and R&D teams for non-clinical runs and troubleshootingEnsure clear communication between previous and subsequent Pre-Analytical shifts
    • Lab maintenance: Ensure that the lab space is prepared, stocked and maintained. 

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:

    • Graduation from college with a major in a relevant scientific field
    • 2+ years of relevant experience demonstrating knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of duties assigned to the position.
    • Prior experience working in a high throughput CLIA-certified clinical laboratory
    • Working knowledge of all local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing clinical laboratory operations.
    • A successful track record in leading teams across projects or processes
    • Experience with GSuite, Microsoft Excel and Word
    • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
    • Knowledge of safe handling of biohazardous specimens and chemical reagents


    • Physical/health screening required
    • This position requires sustained work in a laboratory that will be receiving biological specimens that may include viruses for infectious diseases, including the COVID-19 virus (which is known to cause the coronavirus disease). Accordingly, this role involves the risk of infection. Color has implemented appropriate safety policies, training, processes, and equipment as per applicable guidelines.

Color is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. Color prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Color conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.