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Research Associate at Public Health Foundation Enterprises, In in Richmond, California

Posted in Admin - Clerical 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Under the supervision of the Zoonotic and Vector borne Diseases section, the research assistant (RA) will support laboratory purchase needs, perform quality checks on equipment, maintain QA and QC records, and laboratory support duties. The primary responsibilities of this position include clerical/administrative work but will also include performing routine technical and non-technical laboratory procedures for processing specimens, including receiving and organizing the storage of specimens and serving as a liaison between the ZVBD section and its and administrative staff and vendors. The RA may also perform basic/limited laboratory duties to assist with diagnostic and surveillance testing as needed. The position is located in Richmond, CA.  

Salary range for this position is $20/Hour to $27/Hour.

If hired for this position, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to your start date or have a valid religious or medical reason qualifying you for an exemption (that may or may not require accommodation).


  • Ordering and Purchasing laboratory reagents and supplies as needed.

  • Use databases such as StarLIMS and Access for data entry, locating patient information, routing samples for testing, and tracking pending samples.

  • Maintain QA and QC records for the laboratory when necessary.

  • Update, organize and maintain laboratory databases and freezer inventories.

  • Prepares reports and updates internal staff, administrative staff, and stakeholders

  • Contribute to and maintain laboratory organization.

  • Prepare reagents and media for use in diagnostic testing.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word suite programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access

  • Other duties as necessary in the laboratory or office when deemed necessary.


  • Attention to detail and application of laboratory safety practices

  • Ability to learn and apply concepts to the job at hand

  • Adheres to departmental policies and procedures regarding attendance, leave, and conduct

  • Incumbent must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing with public health and healthcare professionals, and other CDPH employees

  • Familiarity with:

    • Laboratories, sterile technique, and microbiological concepts

    • Standard precautions for working with potential infectious clinical specimens


  • Prefer (but not required) candidates with some college course work in a laboratory science such as chemistry, microbiology and/or molecular biology.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a biological science, with course work in chemistry, microbiology, and/or molecular biology is preferred, but not required.


  • None required

Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to work independently and adapt to varied work settings.

  • Ability to work effectively with a team of diverse individuals.


Stand                                       Frequently

Walk                                        Frequently

Sit                                            Frequently

Handling                                  Occasionally

Reach Outward                       Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder           Occasionally

Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend     Occasionally

Lift / Carry                               Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

Push/Pull                                 Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

See                                          Constantly

Taste/ Smell                            Not Applicable

Not Applicable          Not required for essential functions

Occasionally             (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently                 (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly                 (5+ hrs/day)


General laboratory setting, indoors, temperature controlled.


It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applic

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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