Tufts Medical Center Biorepository Technician in Boston, Massachusetts
Department: Lab: Anatomic Pathology
Schedule: Full-Time Regular
Shift: Day Rotation
Bachelor's degree is preferred
Bilingual Speakers are encouraged to apply.
Customer service skills are required
Experience is preferred
This position requires preparation of fresh human tissue and blood specimens for frozen storage for subsequent research and diagnostic use as well as maintenance of the computerized database for the frozen tissue archive. Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Scientific and Medical Directors of the Biorepository and/or surgical pathologists and hematologist/oncologists, the Biorepository Technician may perform the following tasks and assume the responsibility for duties including the following: Processing fresh human tumor and normal tissue from surgical pathology specimens for cryopreservation under in-direct supervision of a surgical pathologist. Separate buffy coat cells from whole blood samples by density-gradient centrifugation; wash and cryopreserve mononuclear cell samples. Preparation of plasma/serum samples for cryopreservation. Conduct nucleic acid extraction and storage from tissue and cell samples Transfer samples to liquid nitrogen freezers for long-term storage Retrieve samples from liquid nitrogen freezers and prepare them for distribution Maintain liquid nitrogen freezers including documentation of temperature and service records Catalogue all samples stored in liquid nitrogen freezers using a dedicated computerized database Abstract diagnostic data for frozen samples and enter the information into the computerized database Work with information system analysts to develop a networked frozen tissue database Requirements: Bachelor degree in biological science preferred. At least one year working in a biomedical research or clinical research laboratory or equivalent coursework or internship. Knowledge of and experience with complex laboratory practices including cell separation and nucleic acid extraction preferred. Knowledge of and adherence to infection control procedures Good organizational skills to maintain careful records of specimen information Good computer skills required for data entry and database development and management.