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PCR Laboratory Technician

The PCR Laboratory Technician I performs laboratory analyses and tests. Prepares samples, sets up instruments, runs tests and reads, interprets and releases results. May perform variety of customer service activities for internal and external customers.
This is a full-time (40 hr/wk), day shift position, with rotating shifts:
The starting (training) schedule will be:
Monday 6am-2:30pm
Tues-Fri: 7am-3:30pm
Once trained in all labs is complete, the schedule will also rotate into:
Monday 7:30am-4:00pm
Tues-Fri: 10:30am-7:00pm
PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Examining samples for the presence of specific substances (often bacteria) using molecular diagnostic methods.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Sets up and runs lab tests.
Reads and releases test results.
Tests performed may be more routine and less complex.
Exercises judgment in evaluating and reporting results in consultation with veterinarians/pathologists and others.
Performs equipment maintenance activities.
Knowledge of lab equipment and procedures.
Awareness of quality control and calibration.
Developing knowledge of multiple specialties.
Works under close to moderate supervision with limited latitude for independent judgment.
Consult with senior peers on non-complex tasks to learn through experience.
Normally receives general instructions on routine work, detailed instructions on new assignments.
Basic skills and proficiency (may sacrifice speed for accuracy until proficiency grows).
Applies job skills and lab policies and procedures to complete a variety of tasks.
Works on tasks that are semi-routine in nature where ability to recognize deviation from accepted practice is required.
May be cross trained and perform specimen processing responsibilities.
Reliable and dependable attendance is an essential function of the position. Adherence to attendance-related policies and expectations is critical to this position.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Adheres to and models the IDEXX Purpose & Guiding Principles.
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for livestock and poultry and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 6,000 people and offers products to customers in over 175 countries.
EDUCATION:
High School Diploma or equivalent required, 2, 3 or 4 year degree in Science-related field preferred.
EXPERIENCE:
Typically 0-1 years' experience.
Certification as a Veterinary Technician (RVT, LVT, CVT - Registered, Licensed or Certified through American Veterinary Medical Association accredited program-AVMA) or Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) (American Society of Clinical Pathology-ASCP), or military equivalent a plus.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Laboratory skills, with experience setting up, running and reading lab tests and operating lab instruments.
General science background, including hematology/chemistry helpful.
Attention to detail.
Organized with ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Communication skills, both verbal and written.
Positive, can-do attitude.
Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) as appropriate.
Supervisory skills, if a lead position.
Personal computer skills, including strong typing ability and proficient use of Microsoft Office.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Extensive sitting, phone and computer use.
Capable of standing continuously for up to 2 hours.
Extend and reach with hands and arms and use hands and fingers.
Occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crouch.
May be required to lift, move and carry up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Hearing acuity sufficient to effectively communicate with customers and Employees via telephone and in person.
Ability to communicate verbally on phone and in person.
Fluency in the English language.
Extended hours may be required.
Some travel required.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Laboratory environment with potential biohazards present.
Potential for exposure to agents known to cause zoonotic disease in humans and use of potentially hazardous chemicals as defined by the National Hazard Communication Standards. A complete list of such chemicals is available from department supervision.
No unsolicited Employment Agency resumes are accepted.
EOE/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

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