Duties: 1. Facilitate the daily receipt of a high volume of diagnostic samples (including highly pathogenic materials and various zoonotic pathogens) in a BSL2 facility. Independently interpret case submissions, sample data, sample type, integrity, and client history to determine a case-specific course of action and determine a priority status.
2. Coordinate the shipment of biological samples to other laboratories for outsource testing, research collaborations, and case consultations. Maintain certification in Category A & B Infectious Substances and Dry Ice Shipping, as required by the Department of Transportation and US Government Regulations.
3. Using a University leased vehicle, travel to a local regular shipping service to retrieve packages and bring them back to the laboratory. Will require independent lifting of packages up to 25# regularly and occasionally up to 50#.
4. Communicate with clients in person and over the phone to collect and interpret clinical symptoms and case history. Using sound judgement and work experience in the veterinary field, independently triage and prioritize case work load and test requests for downstream sections.
5. Successfully navigate and utilize the VDL’s computer database – Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) – to create unique case numbers and track diagnostic samples. Evaluate data generated for errors and notify Section Head or Faculty Advisor for any inconsistencies. Uses required skills in the effective use of computer hardware and associated software. 6. Prepare and perform sample processing for diagnostic testing while adhering to strict BSL2 safety guidelines. Independently determine the appropriate sample preparations for molecular diagnostic testing based on the assigned test requests and sample types available, on a case by case basis. Prepare sample aliquots by performing centrifugation, calculating the necessary sample volume, and pipetting material into appropriate testing vessels, as determined by the test requirements. Maintain working knowledge on the operation and maintenance of basic laboratory equipment such as scales, lifts, centrifuges, shakers, pipettes, biosafety cabinets, incubators, and -80 freezers.
7. Perform light receptionist duties at the front desk when needed to cover for lunch breaks & time off. This will include working with walk-in submitters to ensure submission forms are complete and payment is collected as needed.
8. Adhere to strict safety protocols (as per the Department of Environmental Health and Safety) as well as section specific standards to ensure the prevention of disease, by planning and overseeing laboratory cleanliness and proper sample handling. Ensure compliance with these protocols so that standards are maintained and national accreditation is not jeopardized.
9. Perform other work as assigned by Section Head to include, but limited to, serving as document manager, equipment manager, inventory manager, and section safety representative.
10. Receive training on and maintain an active role in Quality Assurance/Quality Control, such as investigating non-conformances, root-cause analysis, corrective/preventative action response, and authoring and editing section specific documents. Proficient with QA/QC computer program, Q-Pulse.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field of science, or a combination of education and related scientific experience to total 4 years.
Previous experience working in a BSL2 laboratory.
1-2 years of previous experience working in a laboratory.
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