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UT Health Research Assistant III - CLIA Diagnostic Laboratory - Brownsville, TX in Brownsville, Texas

Research Assistant III - CLIA Diagnostic Laboratory - Brownsville, TX

Brownsville, Texas


UTHealth School of Public Health

Requisition #: 2000027A

Department: School of Public Health- Brownsville Regional Campus

Location: Brownsville, TX

Position Type: Full Time/ Non-Exempt

Position Summary:

Testing personnel are responsible for specimen processing, test performance, and for reporting test results. The individual in this position will work in a CLIA-Certified Lab capbable of providing ongoing testing in times of public health emergencies to run SARS-COV-2 PCR, saliva, and IGG antibody tests on samples collected.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Follow established safety guidelines for working in the Laboratory.

  • Perform ONLY those tests that are authorized by the Medical Laboratory Director and that are within the individual’s skill level as determined by education, training or experience, and technical abilities.

  • Only perform high complexity testing under the on-site direct supervision of a general supervisor, if required by personnel qualification requirements.

  • Follow the laboratory’s procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting, and maintaining records of patient results.

  • Perform all laboratory tests with accuracy and efficiency adhering to Good Laboratory Practice standards.

  • Receive, process and perform Proficiency Test samples in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and established laboratory protocol. Maintain accurate record of PT receipt, results and scores as directed.

  • Perform and document all QC activities, instrument and procedural calibrations, and instrument maintenance according to manufacturer’s instructions and current laboratory policy. Document such actions.

  • Record daily temperatures for equipment and for laboratory area. Troubleshoot any deviations to correct out of control readings.

  • Maintain reagent and supply inventory.

  • Follow the laboratory’s policies whenever test systems are not within the laboratory’s established acceptable levels of QC performance and document appropriately.

  • Notify the Medical Laboratory Director and /or the Technical Consultant and General Supervisor if a test system is out of control and established procedures for troubleshooting do not solve the problem.

  • Be able to identify problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either correct the problem or notify the appropriate supervisor.

  • Investigate any deviations from expected results or expected instrument performance and take action as directed by laboratory procedure such as troubleshooting and/or completion of Corrective Action Form.

  • Report out all results of tests performed and verify and sign prior to release for charting.

  • File all paperwork according to Laboratory procedures. Laboratory records are maintained for two years.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Advanced knowledge of concepts of research field assigned.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field of science or relevant experience in lieu of education. Bachelors degree in chemical, biological science, or Medical Technology with accreditation preferred.

Minimum Experience:

Two (2) years of related experience in a research or clinical lab environment.

May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects. This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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