Medical Technician II

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Mar 28, 2023

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Health Sciences
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The McCombs Institute for Early Detection of Cancer is creating a biobank of plasma samples from multiple clinical trials in a CLIA-certified laboratory. The Medical Technician II will process blood samples received from the clinic and follow SOPs as approved by the IRB at MD Anderson. Blood processing is a critical pre-analytical step to establish a biobank of samples to be used for biomarker discovery and validation.

This is an important job that requires a person to process blood from patients for clinical studies at MD Anderson.


Blood Specimen Processing

- Prepares any necessary supplies or reagents.
- Processes specimens following all institutional safety guidelines and CLIA procedures
- Prepares and aliquot specimens into appropriate tubes.
- Ensure specimens/aliquots are documented on Case Report Forms, Specimen Manager and RedCap if applicable.
- Adheres to IRB approved SOPs.

- Operates instrumentation/equipment according to specific protocols
- Is able to perform and document standard service, quality control, and/or calibration procedures.
- Is able to troubleshoot and resolve common instrumentation/equipment problems

- Performs inventory of supplies/reagents according to departmental procedures.
- Maintains a clean and organized work station.
- Restocks consumable items as necessary.

Customer Service:
- Demonstrate cooperation when working with both internal and external customers.
- Demonstrates calmness under varying environmental circumstances. Remains willing and capable of assisting in crisis situations.

- Train other employees, students, and/or fellows as needed.
- Follow established checklists during the training period.

Specimen Receiving and Shipping

- Receives samples from various collaborative sites following all quality control procedures
- Thoroughly reviews the contents of the shipment for any errors associated with samples, labels, volume or any other discrepancies found and report to lab manager and other relevant support team.
- Uses established specimen tracking database to acknowledge specimens and stores them appropriately in the freezers.
- Retrieves samples and ships to collaborators as needed following approved SOPs.
- Maintains proper shipping documentation and logs

Other duties as assigned

Required: Bachelor's degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences. May substitute required education degree with equivalent experience on a one to one basis.

Preferred: Bachelors degree with major course work in one of the basic sciences.

Required: None.

Preferred: At least one year of clinical laboratory experience or specimen handling experience.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2023 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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