University of Rochester Laboratory Technician III in Rochester, New York

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 077 Pediatric Nephrology

Schedule

8 AM-4:30 PM; OCC EVENINGS DURING SUMMER

Responsibilities

THIS POSITION HAS AN END DATE OF 7/3/2023

Overview:

Responsible for the production and assembly of laboratory kits as well as the receipt and transportation of blood and urine specimens for a multi-centered, multi-study research laboratory. Ensure detailed documentation and quality control in specimen receipt and transport. Review laboratory reports for quality assurance and accuracy in preparation for data entry and analysis. Perform data entry and report preparation for review with the principal investigator of the GFR Lab. Assist with the conduct of the research studies with multiple research study coordinators, pharmacists, and clinical coordinating centers nationwide and in Canada via electronic mail and telephone on a daily basis. Interact with several internal Departments including the URMC Research Pharmacy, URMC Clinical Laboratories, Clinical Research Center and basic science lab for the Schwartz and Smith Labs. Resolve problems and recommend and implement quality improvement incentives based on the changing needs of the research studies. Train and supervise student employee with regard to kit production and shipping. Maintain detailed inventory records of blood and urine specimens stored at our facility. Prepare frozen specimens for laboratory analysis at URMC and oversee the preparation of dry ice shipments and shipment manifests to external laboratories on a quarterly basis. Participate in conference calls on a regular basis with clinical coordinating centers and research study coordinators to provide updates and information regarding changes for the conduct of the study. Meet with site reviewers to provide information about the processes and operation of the GFR Lab and answer any pertinent questions.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Closely monitors multiple email accounts and one telephone line for communication with study coordinators, pharmacists, and clinical coordinating centers nationwide and in Canada regarding kit requests, questions regarding sample collection and handling, shipping notices, sample storage, and any other issues that arise. Must be able to act independently to resolve any problems or notify the proper parties to seek resolution.Interact with URMC Research Pharmacy, URMC Clinical Laboratories, Clinical Research Center, the basic science lab for the Schwartz and Smith Labs on a daily basis. Implement changes at the direction of the PI, CCCs, DCC, clinical labs, or others based on the changing needs of the study. Participate in telephone conference calls on a quarterly basis with coordinators and project managers from multiple study sites; must create an agenda and present information regarding the quality of the studies, communicate issues regarding kit requests and supply, specimen collection and handling, and provide updates and information regarding changes (collection tubes, packaging requirements, etc). Meet with site reviewers prior to the implementation of a study and throughout the course of the study as requested.
  • Responsible for production and assembly of laboratory kits and receipt and transportation of blood and urine specimens for a multi-centered, multi-study research laboratory.Ensure that information such as ID numbers and dates of study are entered correctly as well as whether or not the data received will result in a successful calculation of the GFR.Based upon this review, certain actions must be taken such as discussion with the PI, requesting the lab to re-do the analysis, notification to the site coordinator who performed the study or processed the shipment, or contacting the appropriate people of an unsuccessful study. Work in conjunction with the Laboratory Technician for the BNII to set up frozen specimens for analysis.Develop multiple forms for use in research studies to adapt to the changing needs of the studies.
  • Review laboratory reports for quality assurance and accuracy in preparation for data entry and analysis. Enter laboratory results into Excel template, review for accuracy and assess the quality of the study, reviews the data with the PI, convert the result to a PDF, and send results to the principal investigator for the subjects via electronic mail.
  • Provide detailed documentation and quality control in specimen receipt and transport. Maintain detailed inventory records of blood and urine specimens stored at our facility and prepares specimens for shipment to external laboratories on a quarterly basis.
  • Create and maintain databases for multiple programs including Commander, Bartender, Fed Ex Insight, and Fed Ex Web.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

AAS degree in appropriate discipline plus 2-3 years specialized experience in related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prefer Bachelor's degree with coursework in social sciences; or an equivalent combination of experience and education. The candidate must show demonstrated attention to detail and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs including database development and maintenance as well as develop a competency in other job-specific programs such as Bartender and Commander, Fed Ex web-based database, and Fed Ex Insight. Must have excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Must be self-motivated, dependable, able to make independent decisions, and able to prioritize work for several research studies.

Training / Certification Expectations:

Laboratory Safety training for Biosafety Level II

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Laboratory Technician III

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Job ID: 212286

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time