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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.

Job Responsibilities
· 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.

Work Environment
· 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.