Laboratory Research Technician
Scope: The Diagnostic Laboratory Research Technician is responsible for establishing a therapeutic relationship with patients and helps clients through the process of family building. This position includes mandatory weekend rotations. This position reports to the laboratory supervisor and laboratory director.
· Follows all laboratory SOPS and OSHA guidelines including universal precautions for bloodborne pathogens.
· Follows proper handling and processing procedures for semen analysis (SA) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) according to WHO guidelines.
· Ensures labeling of vials and tubes with patient's identifying information related to chain of custody documentation.
· Ensures specimens are handled in a timely fashion per standard operating protocols.
· Prepares semen for intrauterine insemination.
· Prepares reports for laboratory results for physicians in accordance with procedures.
· Freezes and stores semen for IUI use.
· Processes cryopreserved donor and patient specimens.
· Ensures proper disposal of all biohazard wastes, including sharps/needles.
· Performs comprehensive semen analysis, including sperm count, motility, progression, morphology, and viability (if indicated).
· Maintains liquid nitrogen tanks.
· Performs all Quality Control procedures, maintenance of yearly CAP testing, maintains patient records.
· Performs Data mining for EMR; making sure to collect and analyze database information.
· Performs bench research creating a more thorough understanding of the tasks at hand.
· Constructs and maintains excel sheets, making sure all incoming data is added and upgraded on a daily basis.
· Able to work independently and productively, be organized and cooperative under stressful conditions.
· Demonstrate exceptional communication skills, respectful demeanor, positive approach with patients and staff members.
· Demonstrate skills in problem-solving, decision-making, and multi-tasking.
· Willing to enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-services, meetings, workshops and with the assessment of plan of care by providers.
· Must be well-organized, self-motivated, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
· Experience using other lab equipment such as: balance, incubator, pH meter, osmometer and autoclave.
Education and Experience:
· Associate degree in Chemical, Physical or Biological Sciences, or a related field required with 3 years of experience.
· A minimum of 1 year of bench experience is preferred.
· Prior experience working with infertility is preferred, but not required.
· Experience with all Quality Control procedures, maintenance of yearly CAP testing, maintains patient records.
· Must be able to work rotated weekends and holidays.
· Fast paced environment with occasional high-pressure situations.
· Frequent interaction with a diverse population including team members, providers, patients, insurance companies and other members of the public
· Physical demands: Frequent sitting, writing, typing, grasping, and speaking.
· Occasional standing, walking, reaching, bending, stooping, lifting, and carrying.
· Frequent use of computer, keyboard, copy and fax machine and phone.