Speciman Processing Technician 1

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Updated: July 2, 2019
Job ID: 214825
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Speciman Processing Technician I to support the specimen processing in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory (HDRL), Department of Laboratory Diagnostics and Monitoring (DLDM) within the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to DLDM/MHRP.

The incumbent will perform standardized procedures in strict accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) and accrediting agencies to include the CAP and the FDA.  


  1. Receives shipments/specimens from couriers, inventories specimens, and documents the receipt of the samples in accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures.
  2. Properly identifies specimens that do not follow the proper submission criteria described in the Specimen Processing SOP, and properly documents and reports any issues to the Specimen Processing Supervisor and Laboratory Office Manager for follow up.
  3. Ensures the proper handling of specimens in accordance with assigned SOPs including, but not limited to, proper data entry, specimen handling, storage and aliquoting of the specimens.
  4. Verifies patient information and accessions specimens in accordance with department SOPs with a high level of accuracy and precision.
  5. Delivers samples to the appropriate testing laboratories in a timely and appropriate fashion.
  6. Prepares aliquots and/or specimen materials for transfer to outside laboratories and agencies.
  7. Tracks laboratory supplies that are pertinent to the specimen processing department and assists other departments as required.
  8. Ships back empty shipping containers to clinical and/or military sites. 
  9. Supports clinical testing activities and data entry in high throughput Serological/Molecular laboratory sections.
  10. Performs specimen storage, retrieval, inventory, and disposal activities.
  11. Performs general laboratory instrument operations and maintenance activities.
  12. Responsible for performing assigned tasks in accordance with applicable safety regulations and instructions.
  13. Performs all other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Excellent laboratory, technical, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently once trained and maintains excellent records with a keen attention to detail.  

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Biology or Chemistry.

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of laboratory specimen processing experience is preferred.

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires the ability to move around and between several laboratory areas. Fine motor coordination in manipulation of laboratory materials is essential. The individual must be able to stand and/or sit for lengthy periods to include, but not limited to, processing of specimens, operation of instrumentation, and data analysis at a computer terminal.

Supervisory Controls: The incumbent will report to the processing Supervisor for the HIV Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory. 

Work Environment: 9100 Brookville Road, BLDG. 508, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday with regular Saturday rotation.

Complexity: Handles bio-hazardous materials, and infectious human specimens to include, but not limited to, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HTLV, and syphilis infected material. The incumbent will be expected to practice safe handling of infectious materials and hazardous chemicals. This laboratory supports work of investigators of diverse scientific disciplines and nationalities and requires good interpersonal skills for effective job performance.

Background: Must have lived in the US 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible to pass a NACI background.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.