Laboratory Technician at University of Pittsburgh

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

Laboratory Technician

The lab technician will have an essential role in the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS), a longitudinal cohort study of HIV-infected men and men at risk of HIV infection. Principal duties include specimen processing, shipping, data entry, and freezer monitoring/maintenance.

The lab technician will work closely with lab technician to complete daily blood, urine, and saliva processing at the PMS lab for the MWCCS study. This includes printing sample labels, affixing them to cryotubes prior to sample collection, and picking up samples from PMS clinic. On arrival at the lab, blood, urine, and saliva samples must be centrifuged immediately and aliquoted based on their respective additives/sample type and transferred to a -80C freezer. Cells must be separated, counted, quality controlled, frozen in a control rate freezer, and transferred to an LN2 freezer. Samples must be stored in the appropriate box for either local storage or for shipping to the national repository.

The lab technician will be responsible for ensuring over 40 freezers (-80C and LN2) in local biospecimen repository are functioning at proper limits, changing and moving LN2 tanks on a dolly as needed, and determining how many tanks are needed per week to keep LN2 freezers operational. The person will record any breakdowns, move samples into backup freezers, and contact freezer technicians when they are required. Freezers are also monitored by a remote system, Rees. Because of the temperature requirements of the samples and the unpredictability of freezer malfunctions, [temp position] is expected to respond alarms at any time of day. Job

Requirements: LN2 tanks weigh roughly 450lbs. Thus, this position requires the ability to maneuver this weight on a dolly.

Bachelor's degree is Preferred.

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community. This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

Department: Med-Medicine

Campus: Pittsburgh

Minimum Education Level Required: High School Diploma/GED

Minimum Years of Experience Required: No experience required

Average number of working hours per week for this assignment: 37.5

Work Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday

Is there a potential this assignment will result in a regular Staff position?: Yes

Work Arrangement: On-Campus: Teams that work on campus, in an office, or in a lab.

Requested Pay Rate: $16.00

Visa Sponsorship Provided:

Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check

Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable

Required Documents: Resume

Optional Documents: Cover Letter


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