Job Summary:

The Research Technician is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day operation of the Solids and Liquids Section of the Tissue Core. The Research Technician is responsible for consenting patients, sample preparation, transport, primary processing, cryo-preservation, and data entry of human tissue and blood sample data in compliance with Tissue Core protocols and procedures.

Department Name: Biospecimen Core Laboratory

Reports to: Biospecimen Core Manager

Essential Functions:

  • Obtains surgery schedules from participating hospitals
  • Travels to local hospital locations for specimen collection
  • Pursues relevant surgery cases and consents patients prior to surgery
  • Collects liquid specimens from in-patient areas, operating rooms or clinic sites and transports to lab for processing. Process blood and urine samples and store specimens accordingly
  • Performs QA/QC on the specimens and properly store specimens
  • Performs cell counts using both microscope and cell countess device
  • Completes all paperwork associated with each specimen
  • Completes all data entry associated with each specimen.
  • Manages specimen collections boxes, kits, and patient records
  • Calls Operating Room (“OR”) of hospitals to locate patients and get updated and accurate collection times for liquid and solid specimens
  • Delivers liquid nitrogen and specimen kits to pathology area or frozen room where specimen will be collected
  • Contacts pathologists once solid specimen has arrived in Frozen Section Room
  • Collects specimens, primary processes them (Snap Freeze, OCT Freeze), and stores them Primary processing includes:
  • signing for specimen from OR, contacting pathologist for grossing of specimen,
  • using scalpel to dissect tumor and corresponding normal given from pathologist
  • preserving any additional tissue in 10% neutral buffered formalin
  • Uses liquid nitrogen daily to transport frozen tissues
  • Stores all specimens in the appropriate manner
  • Processes and prepares formalin fixed tissues for secondary processing delivery
  • Prepares histological cutting and staining of banked tissues to be assessed by BCL pathologist
  • Follows up on secondary processing and forms
  • Adds, updates, and/or maintains specimen and patient records
  • Performs related special projects and other related duties as assigned


Must be able to work in a flexible schedule environment

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science degree in a Biological Science, Basic Science or related degree; or 3 years of medical laboratory, research experience or related practical experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with in tissue culture, sterile techniques or basic Molecular Biology

Knowledge of HIPPA, IRB, OSHA, and PHI policies/regulations

Biobanking experience

Experience in a research and/or healthcare environment

Desired Qualifications:

Ability to work independently

Meticulous attention to detail

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Good team working skills

Good organizational skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Job Type: Full-time


  • Tissue Culture: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Regulations: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Molecular Biology: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor’s (Required)

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