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Senior Lab Technician
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 05/15/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Senior Lab Technician
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Technologists
Department CINJ-Biospecimen Collection-ZR0152
Our vision is to be a statewide, national and world leader of scientific discovery, transdisciplinary engagement, translation, patient care and education that improves outcomes for cancer patients and populations.
We will accomplish this by conducting innovative basic, clinical and population research and cutting-edge patientcentered care that expands our understanding of the etiology and biology of cancer; facilitates the rapid translation of laboratory-based discoveries into human studies; develops new approaches and interventions for cancer prevention that
decrease cancer incidence and mortality; and develops new and better therapies to decrease suffering and mortality from cancer.
CORE VALUES: Curiosity and Discovery, Integrity, Collaboration, Respect and Caring, Perseverance.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Senior Lab Technician in Biorespository Repository at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Under direction, Senior Lab Technician performs technical shared resource laboratory procedures in support of cancer research activities of CINJ and Rutgers researchers. Maintains collections, accessioning, labelling, basic processing, storage and distribution of biospecimens. Maintains labs workflow, supplies, instruments, documentation. Practices universal precautions and HIPAA compliance. Works independently performing REHS and CAP SOPs.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • On a daily basis, collects biospecimens from area hospital operating rooms, pathology laboratories, CINJ outpatient clinic, and other patient encounter areas to transport them to the CINJ BRS laboratory or other CINJ Research laboratory.
  • Efficiently performs standard BRS laboratory procedures, such as PBMC, centrifugation, snap or flash freezing,
    fixing, aliquoting, specimen processing to stabilize the samples for distribution or short/long term storage.
  • Accurately documents and accessions biospecimen collection information onto specimen collection forms, log books. Accurately labels biospecimens. Also, accurately transcribes written specimen collection information into BRS confidential database. Maintains consistent, accurate, ongoing communication concerning specimen collections. Addresses data entry QA discrepancies as needed and in a timely manner. 
  • Requests and retrieves RWJ archival and BRS FFPE tissues for protocols. Maintains workflow, organization, accessioning, and return for these protocols. Documents tissue retrieval/return in CoPath and CINJ databases.
  • Retrieves, de-identifies and scans pathology reports as per protocol. Uploads path reports to database as needed.
  • Performs and keeps accurate records of specimen distribution, shipping, transfers and dispositions as per lab SOPs. Works to ensure seamless intra lab work flow and request between the BRS and HPS.
  • Maintains an organized laboratory, supply inventory, bench space, cold and ambient storage units. Alerts supervisor/manager when inventory is low. May assist with placing orders as needed.
  • Is proficient in using instruments, hoods, BSCs, pipets, and other relevant equipment. Trains new BRS lab technical personnel with consent of lab supervisor or manager.
  • Disposes of RMW, chemical waste and Sharps, also maintains a safe clean lab as per REHS and CAP guidelines.
  • Clear, professional communication via email, text, phone, and writing and in person with: fellow staff, PIs, clinical staff, pathology staff, subordinates, managers, supervisors, consent docents, research coordinators, IST, central lab staff, coordinating labs and other shared resourcesis a must. Attends meetings as needed and directed by manager or supervisor. Provides collection, accessioning and processing guidance at meetings fluently.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1675
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 21.750
Annual Mid Range Salary 22.250
Annual Maximum Salary 22.920
Standard Hours 40.00
Union Description Teamsters, Local 97
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
Under Policy 60.1.35 , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption.  Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility .  Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/covid-19-vaccine .  Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility PERS


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Two (2) years of related laboratory, pathology accessioning or other medical related experience. 
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand, or communicate in English fluently to perform job duties. 
  • Communication with all levels is vital to effective collection of bio-specimens. 
  • The ability to follow laboratory SOPs. 
  • Ability to organize assigned laboratory work and develop effective work methods.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. 
  • Must be computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel. 
  • Must be able to perform occasional overtime as needed. 
  • Mandatory “on-call” laboratory schedule must be adhered to for complete collection of all protocol related bio-specimens. 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Candidate with valid driver’s license.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Standing, sitting, walking, talking and hearing. No special vision requirements. Lifting up to 25 lbs.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Laboratory environment. Moderate noise. Exposure to blood, excrement, antineoplastic drugs, and possible exposure to infectious and communicable diseases. Universal precautions are mandatory. Exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 22ST1672
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
Location Details
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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