Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory Technician

University of Denver
USA, Denver, Colorado

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Position Summary

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

In addition to following the University of Denvers policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • 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 human specimens.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Required to work in an environment where cleanliness is of the upmost importance. Individual will be required to be dressed in proper lab attire and maintain an orderly appearance (i.e. groomed facial hair, hair tied if applicable, etc).
  • 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:

  • Bachelors degree (BA/BS) in Biology, Chemistry or related life sciences is preferred.
  • 1 year of work (or equivalent academic experience) in a fast-paced, high-complexity, molecular biology or natural sciences laboratory.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 year of work employing molecular biology methodologies.
  • Real-Time PCR and nucleic acid extraction experience in a high throughput setting.

Work Schedule

Varied and dependent on the demand for sample processing. Weekend & evening availability may be necessary.

Application Deadline
Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

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

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 5.

Hourly Range:
The hourly range for this position is $21.55-$24.00

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

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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