• Laboratory Support Technician

    Location US-MD-Bethesda
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Social & Scientific Systems (SSS) works to improve public health worldwide by providing technical, research, and program management services to government, nonprofit, and commercial clients. The SSS team offers a synergy of expertise in clinical research services, epidemiology and public health studies, health data management and analysis, and program evaluation and policy analysis. Please join our dedicated staff of employee-owners in an environment that values diversity and supports health, well-being, and professional growth.


    This full-time position is based on site in the Laboratory of Environmental Autoimmunity Group (EAG), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. The laboratory is part of a clinical research program examining environmentally associated immune-mediated, systemic connective tissue disease. The candidate will support a biomedical research program studying immune-genetic risk factors and molecular mechanisms underlying and contributing to the development of these diseases.


    The candidate is directly responsible for supporting a highly specialized laboratory research program requiring minimal supervision and guidance. The employee performs a variety of support processes associated with the generation and maintenance of a biorepository that can result in studies of the genetics, immunology, and molecular biology of environmentally associated immune-mediated diseases. In all areas, the candidate must identify problems arising in the course of collection, processing, storing, retrieving and sharing clinical biospecimens and related data, maintaining these biorepositories and linked databases and analyzing observations, and making appropriate modifications to these processes.


    Laboratory Management and Other Duties:

    • Evaluate incoming specimen shipments for integrity, condition and accurate documentation
    • Collect, process, aliquot, quantitate, and freeze clinical specimens of all types - including blood, sera, plasma, urine, and tissue biopsies - and link these to biorepository databases that are created when samples are processed
    • Retrieve, thaw, process, and quantitate a variety of clinical specimens per protocol and prepare and ship them to collaborators
    • Perform different routine methods to collect, receive and process laboratory requisitions and samples
    • Serve as primary technician responsible for receipt, storage and monitoring of biological samples
    • Maintain detailed records of all experimental data and biological reagents
    • Maintain and update data in appropriate data systems and manage sample inventory along with implementing destruction requests
    • Assist lab manager with ordering equipment/supplies to maintain appropriate inventories for laboratory operation
    • Assist lab manager with laboratory safety and compliance with all regulatory requirements
    • Use, maintain and manage sophisticated laboratory equipment
    • Prepare laboratory reagents in conduct of experimental protocols
    • Apprise Principal Investigator and others of experimental progress and conclusions
    • Assist in the preparation of scientific data for oral presentation and written publication
    • Attend journal clubs, seminars, courses (when appropriate)
    • Review scientific literature to increase theoretical background
    • Communicate via telephone, in writing or in person with scientists, technicians and other personnel within the health science community and public to present and discuss experimental data, to plan and coordinate further experiments, to discuss problems and their possible resolution, and to demonstrate procedures to visitors and collaborators.


    • The candidate will be required to review and/or follow guidelines including Federal policies and regulations, instrument specifications, technical journals and textbooks, procedure manuals, and publications in the literature including recent developments in specialized areas. Information is often obtained by attending seminars or by personal meetings with professional colleagues.


    • The Principal Investigator or designees define the overall goals of the projects and suggests the initial experimental approaches, but the candidate is responsible for working independently to follow laboratory procedures, establish methodologies and anticipate experimental difficulties, efficient execution of the experiments, analyses of the results, preparation of summaries and reports, and suggesting appropriate follow-up approaches and further experiments to advance project goals. Discussion with the Principal Investigator and others will cover review the progress of experiments, proposed changes in experimental plans and approaches, and other scientific decisions to be made. The candidate will also provide technical assistance to collaborators, students, post-doctoral fellows, and other members of the laboratory as needed.

    Physical Demands:

    • Work requires moderate activity, with some walking, significant periods of standing, and carrying light objects (< 30 lbs).


    Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

    • College degree in a laboratory science or associate degree in a laboratory science with at least one-year experience in a lab working with specimens.
    • The candidate should have basic knowledge of scientific concepts and practical principles in the one or more of the following disciplines: Chemistry Techniques, Lab Environment, Clinical Lab Testing, Cryogenic Procedures, Creating a Safe, Effective Environment, Sterilization, Equipment Calibration, Biohazard Safety, Medical Teamwork, Supply Management.
    • The candidate should have a basic understanding of the processes for collection and storage of clinical specimens in a biorepository.
    • The candidate should demonstrate an appreciation for how safe laboratory operations also contribute to improving public health -- by preventing or more effectively treating human diseases.
    • Strong communication, organization, and technical skills. 
    • Proficient in computer usage (i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, data entry, electronic mail and internet functions).
    • Familiarity with BSI a plus


    NOTICE: The work involves the frequent handling and processing of human blood products, fluids, and tissues potentially contaminated with bloodborne pathogens.


    SSS is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discrimated against on the basis of disability.



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