Microbiology Tech – Sampling

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #37480

Excellent opportunity for new biology graduates and phlebotomist who desire to get into the research laboratory space!

Purpose:The incumbent prepares samples for processing and maintains documentation of process to facilitate testing procedures.

Main activities:

  • Prepare sample for analysis by recording, weighing, and blending
  • Write identification onto plates so that client and sample number can be tracked
  • Pipette sample solution into tubes or plates according to the analysis process being performed
  • Pour the agar into plates or tubes to begin the growth process
  • Collect plates and place them in the incubator for the specified amount of time and temperature
  • Prepare media and broth for use in pathogen testing as required
  • Ensure that media and materials are prepared for the next testing sequence
  • Maintain knowledge of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that is required to complete job responsibilities
  • Set up equipment and materials needed for analysis
  • Read plates and tubes, as required, to determine the number of organisms in the sample
  • Support corporate quality and continuous improvement process
  • Perform necessary housekeeping duties in a timely manner, keeping the work areas and equipment clean and sanitized
  • Must participate in cleaning schedule and maintain retain samples as required
  • Adhere to all safety policies
  • Responsibility to support laboratory management in the implementation maintenance, and improvement of the management system
  • Perform other related tasks as needed

Qualifications & responsibilities:

  • Associates degree or equivalent work experience
  • Basic knowledge of science to accurately perform testing procedures and obtain accurate results.
  • Computer proficientcy
  • Accurately enter testing data and results.
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory safety procedures and policies is necessary to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Planning skills are useful to maintain supplies of analysis materials and ensure analysis is completed within specified time.

Required skills:

  • Time management skills,
  • ability to prioritize samples and tasks in a fact paced environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Analytical skills are essential to complete analysis procedures and determine the concentration of the microorganism.
  • A general knowledge of the Laboratory Information Management System is required to process client data.
  • Physical dexterity is required for manipulating samples.

2nd Shift starts around 12 or 2pm.

Rotating Shift Monday – Friday one week / Tuesday – Saturday the next.

Will increase from 8-9 hrs a day to 10-12 hrs a day.


Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $18.50 per hour



  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance




  • 10 hour shift
  • 12 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift


Ability to commute/relocate:


  • Crete, IL: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


Work Location: One location

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