Kaiser Permanente Clinical Lab Scientist Extern in San Jose, California

Under the general direction of the Laboratory Director, or their designee, continues CLS training on analytical procedures and performs pre-analytical and post-analytical procedures according to the California Lab Law and Regulations permitted for non-licensed personnel. Enhances quality of patient care and service through interdepartmental cooperation and quality assurance protocols.

Essential Functions:

  • For analyzing practice cases, correctly verifies that the proper specimen is being analyzed for the correct patients and that the correct test is being performed.

  • Using the training environment, performs tests on post-verified patient specimens and unknowns and reviews results with supervisor or designee for competency assessment.

  • Loads specimens on analyzers as directed by a CLS and locates specimens for add-on tests.

  • Demonstrates the ability to determine the adequacy and qualities of specimens submitted for testing and gives specimens to licensed laboratory personnel for final disposition.

  • Practices quality control procedures and demonstrates an understanding of the importance of quality control for ensuring accuracy of clinical data.

  • Performs routine preventative maintenance and troubleshooting on assigned instruments and equipment according to established schedule and procedure and under the supervision of a CLS.

  • Records on instrument logs any repairs, replacement, and maintenance needed of equipment.

  • Receives supplies into a testing area; dates and stores appropriately under the direction of the CLS.

  • Performs data entry for statistical analysis to support the CLS's evaluation, validation and correlation studies.

  • As directed by the supervisor or manager, assists with special projects not requiring licensed staff.

Basic Qualifications:


  • N/A.


  • Baccalaureate degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) or a related field. Applicable military experience may be substituted for bachelor's degree.

  • Recent completion of a California State approved CLS training program at a Kaiser Permanente Northern California facility and eligible to take the State approved CLS licensingexam by start of the CLS Extern position.

License, Certification, Registration

  • CLS Extern must take and pass the California State Clinical Laboratory Scientist License exam prior to expiration of the Extern position.

Additional Requirements:

  • CLS Extern position expires after ninety (90) days from date of hire into the Extern position.

  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.

  • Ability to write simple correspondence.

  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other incumbents of the organization.

  • Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Computer application experience/proficiency preferred.


TITLE: Clinical Lab Scientist Extern

LOCATION: San Jose, California


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.