Sample Handling Asst I- First Shift at Covance

Posted in Retail 8 days ago.

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Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Description:
Job Overview:

The Sample Handling Assistant is accountable for the handling/storing and processing of irreplaceable clinical trial specimens. The Assistant supports the various teams of the Specimen Management and is a liaison between Specimen Management and the other laboratory.

  • Ensure that specimens are picked up from the appropriate department, sorted, pre-scanned and registered into the appropriate temperature bins in a timely fashion.
    • Identification of problem samples and corrects routing of these specimens.
    • Close and prepare SDS shipments.
    • Accountable for accurately identifying specimens that need to be discarded and completing the discard process.
    • Creation of new storage drawers for use in the registration process and the ability to complete location moves in the SMART database.
    • Consolidate and move drawers as specified to effectively utilize freezer space.
  • Perform basic freezer maintenance including but not limited to:
    • Acts as a backup to the freezer coordinator.
    • Monitor, respond to and resolve issues with alarming Specimen Management units, and/or appreciate department, to ensure regulatory compliance and monitor follow-up for corrective actions.
    • Accountable for initialing appropriate freezer documentation
    • Understand the pull list and pull the specimens from the freezers.
    • Understand and apply the shipping instructions and pack the specimens as per requirements.
    • Generation and application of specialized labels, to include mini labels and/or computer generated bar codes.
  • Perform any QC needed during the process of pulling and packaging.
    • Must be able to QC shipments shipped thru SMART.
    • QC packages and shipping documents.
    • Stock supplies from warehouse.
    • Ship packages thru SMART.
    • Ship pass-through and Transfer Test packages to other Covance locations.
    • Generate and download EPLs from SMART.


  • Minimum High School Diploma


  • Minimum 1-year applicable work experience
  • Able to work in a team as well as independently
  • Dynamic attitude and ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to take up challenges
  • Strong detail orientation
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to use several software packages i.e. Word, Excel, Access