Jr Embryologist

Rochester, NY


A junior embryologist is a vital part of the IVF laboratory team, which provides patient care by performing all laboratory services required for assisted reproduction. Under the direction of the embryology supervisor and IVF lab director, the junior embryologist performs clinical embryology procedures, completes administrative tasks, and learns to perform micromanipulation procedures and advanced oocyte processing. The junior embryologist plays a critical role in the daily function of the IVF lab and participates in weekend and holiday rotations to ensure adequate clinical coverage throughout the year. This job is an apprenticeship that requires a significant proportion of on-the-job training and affords an opportunity to advance into a Senior Embryologist role once advanced IVF laboratory procedures are mastered.


  1. IVF Laboratory duties: Responsible for daily laboratory start-up and shut down. Regularly performs all routine embryology procedures that do not require micromanipulation skills or advanced oocyte processing, such as TVOR, egg stripping, fertilization checks, embryo assessments (cleavage-stage and blastocyst), embryo transfer, embryo thawing, and embryo vitrification.

  2. Administrative Work: Responsible for making IVF/FET paperwork, maintaining internal IVF lab QA databases, reporting IVF/FET cycle outcomes to SART, charge capturing IVF laboratory services rendered, and monitoring/responding to clinician and patient inquiries via EPIC's In-Basket REI IVF Lab Pool.

  3. Media Prep: Ensures all pre-procedure IVF lab planning is complete, including ordering pre-tested consumables, stocking the laboratory, gassing out dishes, aliquotting media, pH testing, labeling/verifying embryo culture dishes, and making embryo culture dishes.

  4. Micromanipulation Training: Learns how to perform intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and trophectoderm biopsy.

  5. Oocyte Vitrification/Thawing Training: Learns proper protocols for vitrifying and warming oocytes.

  6. Cryostorage Specimen Management and Shipping: Performs cryopreserved sperm/oocyte/embryo inventory audits, discards, and donations. Reviews patient consents for accuracy and completeness prior to acting. Aids in coordinating specimen shipping between Strong Fertility Center, outside fertility clinics, and long-term storage at ReproTech, Ltd.

  7. Alarm Monitoring and Preventative Maintenance: Responsible for monitoring liquid nitrogen storage tanks, responding to sensitive IVF laboratory equipment alarms 24-hours/day, performing monthly alarm testing, and performing routine alarm maintenance. Also aids in coordination of preventative maintenance and annual validation of IVF laboratory equipment.

  8. Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in a scientific field required (Biology, Chemistry, or Medical Technology, etc.). Minimum of 1 year of experience working in an IVF lab. Required knowledge, skills and abilities: Prior knowledge of IVF laboratory start-up, shut down, and workflow; Ability to perform oocyte identification/pick-up, sperm preparation, conventional insemination, fertilization check, cleavage-stage assessment, blastocyst assessment, embryo thawing, and embryo vitrification; Must demonstrate high integrity and professional demeanor; Must demonstrate punctual and reliable work habits. New York State Medical Technologist or Medical Technician preferred.

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All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 29.76 - $ 41.68 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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