Repository Technician NIDDK (Operations/Inventory/Warehouse/Lab)

Company Name:
Fisher Scientific
Repository Technician NIDDK (Operations/Inventory/Warehouse/Lab)
Job ID: SP20140904-17766
Expertise Operations
Education High School/GED
Job Type Full-time
Location United States - Maryland - Germantown
Job Level Entry Level
Posting date: April 9, 2014
Fisher BioServiceshas 29 years of experience in biorepository/biobanking services, cold chain logistics, and related support services for healthcare-related research. The company manages high value biological specimens, cell-based therapeutics, vaccines, tissues, and related data in support of both clinical trials and public health research; they store and distribute more than 170,000,000 samples in more than 20 facilities worldwide for government, academic, biotech and pharmaceutical clients. Fisher BioServices is part of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science. Visit
Position Summary:
This position is located within the NIDDK Contract for Fisher BioServices. This position will receive, process, store, and withdraw biological specimens for multiple government clients at temperatures ranging from -190 C to ambient. Enter sample data into an inventory management system. Assist with inventory and database maintenance.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Receive, inventory and withdraw biological specimens of human origin at temperatures ranging from -190 C to ambient
Unpack, check, and place incoming samples into the appropriate storage locations
Enter data into on-line repository database for sample tracking and management
Pull and prepare biological samples for shipment
Respond to and document freezer alarms; may be asked to be on-call after hours to monitor freezer alarms periodically
Interact with personnel and clients to provide responsive service and resolve issues
Assist with administrative functions, facility maintenance and upkeep
Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
Education/Training- High school diploma;college degree in a scientific field preferred or equivalent experience
Business Experience- experience with data entry (Microsoft Office-Excel, Word) and Microsoft Outlook; laboratory, repository or warehouse experience a plus; experience working with biological and/or pharmaceutical samples a plus; valid driver's license and a good driving record.
Knowledge/Skills- Knowledge of Universal Precautions and quality control/assurance principles; ability to communicate effectively with all levels of technical and professional personnel; ability to solve issues and recommend/implement appropriate changes; excellent interpersonal, customer-focused, problem solving, and planning/organization skills; ability to pay attention to detail and follow up in a timely manner; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management and clients; proficient in personal computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office and Outlook; basic typing skills with emphasis on numeric key pad.
Working Conditions-
Environment: Repository warehouse and office
Physical Requirements:This position functions in a repository environment, which includes handling hazardous and infectious agents, mild exposure to dry ice and liquid nitrogen and marked changes in temperature; frequently required to type, sit, stand, walk, lift/carry up to 40 pounds; personal protective equipment (e.g., safety glasses, face shields, latex/nitrile gloves, lab coats) must be worn up to 8 hours per day when handling biological specimens and chemicals.

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