Biospecimen Lab Research Technician

New Orleans
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The Louisiana Cancer Research Center is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Biospecimen Lab Research Technician.

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:

1.     Obtains surgery schedules from participating hospitals

2.     Travels to local hospital locations for specimen collection

3.     Pursues relevant surgery cases and consents patients prior to surgery  

4.     Collects liquid specimens from in-patient areas, operating rooms or clinic sites and transports to lab forprocessing.  Process blood and urine samples and store specimens accordingly

5.     Performs QA/QC on the specimens and properly store specimens

6.     Performs cell counts using both microscope and cell countess device

7.     Completes all paperwork associated with each specimen

8.     Completes all data entry associated with each specimen.

9.     Manages specimen collections boxes, kits, and patient records

10.  Calls Operating Room (“OR”) of hospitals to locate patients and get updated and accurate collection times forliquid and solid specimens

11.  Delivers liquid nitrogen and specimen kits to pathology area or frozen room where specimen will be collected

12.  Contacts pathologists once solid specimen has arrived in Frozen Section Room

13.  Collects specimens, primary processes them (Snap Freeze, OCT Freeze), and stores them Primary processing includes:

a.     signing for specimen from OR, contacting pathologist for grossing of specimen,

b.    using scalpel to dissect tumor and corresponding normal given from pathologist

c.     preserving any additional tissue in10% neutral buffered formalin

d.     Uses liquid nitrogen daily to transport frozen tissues  

e.     Stores all specimens in the appropriate manner  

14.  Processes and prepares formalin fixed tissues for secondary processing delivery

15.  Prepares histological cutting and staining of banked tissues to be assessed by BCL pathologist

16.  Follows up on secondary processing and forms

17.  Adds, updates, and/or maintains specimen and patient records

18.  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 teamworking skills

Good organizational skills

Proficiency in Microsoft Office

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