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University of Rochester Laboratory Technician III, CCPL Cancer Control - 229211 in Rochester, New York

Laboratory Technician III, CCPL Cancer Control Job ID 229211

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 077 Surgery- Cancer Control


8 AM-5 PM



This is a full-time position in the Cancer Control and Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory (CCPL), directed by Dr. Michelle Janelsins of the Department of Surgery. This technician will be primarily responsible for managing collection, shipment, processing, and storage of human biospecimens as well as assisting with study procedures for such processes. The technician will be involved in other research activities of the lab including but not limited to working with clinical research staff to collect other research specimens and working with preclinical models of cancer-related symptoms and side effects as necessary. The person will also be involved in all general lab responsibilities including maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies and working with junior faculty, fellows, graduate students and undergraduates in the lab. This individual must work well as part of a team environment, and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Strong organizational skills, ability to keep accurate records, and attention to detail are necessary. The individual must demonstrate the ability to multitask and interact in a professional and positive manner in both verbal and written communications.


Receiving, Processing, and Storage of Human Biospecimens –

  • Receives, scans, maps, stores, documents excursions of samples received and notifies study coordinators of such

  • Receives, reviews, and manages shipment of biospecimens (including blood, saliva, stool, and tumor tissue samples) for clinical research protocols

  • Works alongside other laboratory staff to prepare and organize biospecimens for long-term storage

  • Processes human blood samples according to laboratory clinical research protocols including but not limited to: assessment of proteins, DNA, RNA, cell typing

  • Manages biospecimen collection and freezer storage of human and animal tissues (e.g. tissue biopsies/sections, serum, whole blood, stool, saliva, etc)

  • Manages data related to long-term storage of biospecimens (e.g., FreezerWorks)

  • Additional tasks as required

Analysis of Human Biospecimens –

  • Conducts basic analyses of proteins, DNA, RNA, and cell typing from human biospecimens.

  • Performs other basic bench techniques as needed, e.g., immunohistochemistry, immune cell assays

  • Prepares reports based on these analyses

  • Maintains all laboratory equipment necessary to conduct these analyses

General Laboratory Responsibilities and Study Protocol Data Management –

  • Troubleshoots technical problems involved in research projects; writes procedures; prepares charts, graphs and tables; and assists in the preparation of materials for publication and progress reports.

  • Creation of training materials for study staff (e.g. study slides) and assists with trainings of study staff.

  • Creation of biospecimen kits

  • Assists in ordering supplies for study protocols

  • Assists health project coordinators, research fellows (M.D. and Ph.D.) and students (undergraduate and graduate) as needed.

  • Works with computer software (Office, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, GraphPad, Image J, SPSS, etc) to prepare reports and presentations.

  • Ensures overall tidiness of the laboratory.

  • Assists in keeping laboratory protocols, equipment manuals and certifications, chemical inventories/SDS sheets, lab equipment/supply lists, and laboratory regulatory documents up-to-date. • Strict adherence to quality control and quality assurance protocols. Completes all required annual laboratory and institutional trainings.

  • Attends and participates in lab meetings and other research meetings.

  • Works with University Cores and other laboratories as needed.

  • Works with IBC, UCAR, and DLAM for protocol and regulatory document submissions and approvals.

Major Pieces of Lab Equipment Utilized:

  • Centrifuges (clinical, high-speed, and microfuge)

  • Biosafety Cabinet and Chemical Fume Hood

  • Microscope (Bright field, fluorescence)

  • PCR


  • Multiplex

  • Flow Cytometer

  • General lab equipment and other equipment as needed.

  • Behavioral chambers

  • Cryostat/Microtome

Other project and job duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in applied science (AAS) or other related field and at least 2 years of experience with the types of duties mentioned above; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Related research experience in working with human biospecimens is highly desirable.

  • Experience in oncology, immunology, or genetics/epigenetics is desirable.

  • Must be organized, self-motivated and capable of working independently in a collaborative setting.

  • Possess the ability to readily learn new techniques and procedures.

  • Strong analytical, communication, organizational and computer skills.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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