Sample Technician

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #35183

Sample Receiving Technician

$18/hour – 9am – 6pm or 10am – 7pm Tuesday to Saturday


The Sample Technician is responsible for sample entry, assignment of test codes, expedient release of sample to operations for analysis and laboratory shipping

  • Receive and log in sample in preparation for analysis
  • Review sample and any attached documentation to assign an identification number and enter information into Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Prepare documentation as necessary
  • Contact client, when necessary, to obtain and clarify missing or unclear information to ensure that identification of client code, test code, and sample contents are accurate
  • Store samples in appropriate manner until analysis is completed and appropriately dispose of extra samples
  • Ensure sample integrity is maintained
  • Prepare packages for pick up by shipping vendors
  • Follow appropriate procedures to send packages and maintain all related documentation
  • Prepare sample to be shipped to other testing facilities when necessary
  • Complete appropriate documentation and file accordingly
  • May assist client service personnel with the development of customized client reports
  • Activities include collection of data, analysis of data, and development of report
  • May assist laboratory personnel with the preparation and analysis of samples
  • Support corporate quality and continuous improvement process
  • This position has the responsibilities and authority to identify departures from the quality system or test procedures and document such observations in accordance with the prescribed complaint system
  • Perform other related duties as needed
  • Communication: The incumbent has regular contact with the client to verify information or obtain missing information so that analysis procedure can begin
  • Regular contact with operations and client service personnel is necessary to locate client sample
  • General office skills are useful to complete faxing, filing, and other related duties for the department

Required Skills:

  • The Sample Technician performs routine tasks in sample receiving and addresses problems according to established procedures
  • Routinely makes decisions on the accuracy and adequacy of sample information and documentation to determine if sample can be processed accurately and turned over to operations for testing
  • If sample information is questionable, the technician seeks information from the supervisor or the client
  • Unique or unusual difficulties generally require the input of the supervisor to determine a solution
  • Receives regular supervision
  • Responsible for accurately coding the client sample according to the desired test and inputting the necessary information into the LIMS
  • Works toward specific goals and objectives established by the supervisor

Work Environment:

  • Laboratory setting with proper temperature and lighting control
  • Occasional exposure to laboratory fumes, chemicals, and materials will occur when in the laboratory
  • Must lift sample packages ranging from 10-50 pounds to complete job tasks


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • This position requires a basic knowledge of computer operation skills to manipulate keyboard while entering incoming sample information into the LIMS
  • A basic knowledge of microbiology and chemistry is helpful to effectively assign proper sample and test codes
  • A broad knowledge of personal computer software and data entering skills is necessary to input data into the LIMS and generate special reports
  • Organizational skills are required to keep track of all sample and documentation
  • Physical dexterity is necessary to effectively manipulate a keyboard
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