Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory Technician

Job description

The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory Technician is responsible for general support functions for specimen processing and analysis within a molecular diagnostics testing laboratory. Functions performed may include but are not limited to data entry for samples being tested, pickup and delivery of specimens to the laboratory, proper specimen handling including centrifugation, pipetting and assay setup/processing, and post-assay data analysis.

Essential Functions

  • Performs all duties according to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) outlined by the Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories quality system.
  • Follows the laboratorys established quality management system and chemical hygiene plan.
  • Manages receiving and handling of specimens for processing.
  • Works closely with the specimen collection staff to ensure timely processing of critical specimens.
  • Communicates with laboratory staff on the status of the delivery or receipt of specimens.
  • Identifies problems and may resolve or notify appropriate person of issues with specimens such as missing information, equipment malfunctions or other critical events with the potential to impact the accuracy /reliability of diagnostic testing etc.
  • Understands the testing procedures, prepares samples for biological processing, including specimen handling and delivery.
  • Maintains an understanding of compliance regulations related to diagnostic testing and/or the use of specimens research involving human subjects which may change with little to no notice.
  • Continuous education of technical knowledge in molecular diagnostics laboratory testing.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and manage stress appropriately.
  • Good dexterity with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • As determined by laboratory supervisor(s) and/or laboratory director.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to the University of Denver.
  • Science Focus: Ensuring that scientific validity is a driving force behind all decisions and activities with the potential to impact the outcome of molecular diagnostic testing.
  • Drive for Results: Setting high goals for personal and group accomplishment; working to meet or exceed goals while deriving satisfaction from that achievement and committing to a process of continuous improvement.
  • Informing Communicating: Clearly conveying information to peers and University stakeholders in a manger that engages the listener and promotes understanding of the molecular diagnostics validation and testing process.
  • Peer Relationships: Interacts with others in a constructive, positive, and respectful manner, regardless of individual differences. Assists co-workers in achieving personal goals and completing assignments.
  • Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, pattern recognition and root cause analysis to identify potential problems, identify causes and make recommendations to resolve and prevent the recurrence of problems with the potential to adversely impact laboratory operations.
  • Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  • Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  • Be well groomed, appropriately for your role.
  • Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes all required laboratory training by the designated deadline.
  • Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  • Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures including the laboratorys Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in Biology, Chemistry or related life sciences is preferred.
  • 1 year of work (or equivalent academic experience) in a molecular biology or other laboratory employing molecular biology methodologies is preferred.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Monday, August 17, 2020.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 493180
Posted: 8/5/2020
Application Due: 9/21/2020
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable