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Mayo Clinic | Rochester, Minnesota
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Job Description

Department: Center for Individualized Medicine

A Life-Changing Career

Position Summary: Perform laboratory procedures in one of the growing Biospecimens Accessioning and Processing (BAP) laboratories. Within the Center for Individualized Medicine, the BAP core laboratory supports researchers across the enterprise by providing world-class biorepositories and state-of-the-art biospecimen processing and storage with a focus on quality and service. With our recent award to be the national Biobank for the Precision Medicine Initiative, this is an exciting opportunity to join our growing team.

Responsibilities: Performs complex specimen precessing and testing in specialized laboratory area using standard operating procedures and proper safety procedures. The technician is responsible for specimen receipt, identification verification, processing, shipping and storage. Processes large volumes of specimens for multiple protocols and accurately prepares lab specimens and containers with reagents as required for a specific study. Processes research specimens safely and accurately, assuring positive patient identification. Must be able to prioritize the workload in response to the specific needs of numerous protocols. Maintains an efficient, well-organized laboratory, manages supplies, assists in performing equipment maintenance, maintains quality control programs, and assists with development of processing instructions. Must use good judgment and independent problem resolution to carry out all aspects of the job. Ensures proper paperwork and shipping for all protocols. Ensures accurate storage for all specimen types. Supports the maintenance of all protocols and updates to protocols. Works with outside facilities to accommodate patients. Works with various computer information systems on a daily basis.

Qualifications: High school diploma and minimum one year of processing experience required.

Additional Qualifications: Associates degree preferred. In the absence of a degree, consideration will be given to an individual with significant working experience in a laboratory setting, which has provided a solid understanding of lab techniques, equipment and safety. Must be highly organized, efficient, and able to work independently as well as with a team, demonstrates critical-thinking skills, and able to tolerate many interruptions. Must possess good analytical problem solving and written/oral communication skills. Must be able to accurately read specimen labels and follow standard operating procedures. In addition, must be capable of doing general trouble-shooting and problem solving regarding laboratory procedures and equipment operation. Works flexible hours to meet workload demands and accommodates schedule changes, off-shifts, holidays, and weekend assignments. Must have meticulous attention to detail.

License or Certification: Annual (state) certification for bioterrorism as required and shipping/handling along with completion of Mayo Clinic's Human Subject Training required within 30 days of hire. Within 18 months of hire, must possess a basic understanding of LEAN and 5S process.

Benefit Eligible: Yes
Exemption Status: Non-exempt
Compensation Detail: Education, experience and tenure may be considered along with internal equity when job offers are extended. The minimum pay rate is $15.63 per hour.
Hours/Pay Period: 80 hours per pay period
Schedule Details: Day, split or evening shifts will be considered.
Weekend Schedule: May include one weekend shift.

Recruiter: Natalie Brewster

Why Mayo Clinic? Mayo Clinic provides the highest quality patient care by placing the needs of the patient first. We are the largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world with approximately 60,000 employees working in a unique environment that brings together the best in patient care, groundbreaking research and innovative medical education. We offer a highly competitive compensation package, which includes exceptional benefits, and have been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the top 100 "Best Companies to Work For".

Site Description: Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.

Mayo Clinic is an equal opportunity educator and employer (including veterans and persons with disabilities).

Job Posting Category: Research
Job Posting Number: 73710BR

About Mayo Clinic

Company Description

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first." More than 3,800 physicians and scientists and 50,900 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which has sites in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Mayo Clinic also serves over 70 communities through Mayo Clinic Health System with locations in MN, IA, GA, and WI. Collectively, these locations care for more than 1 million people each year.

Company History

Perhaps it was fate, perhaps happenstance or maybe even luck. Whatever you decide, this is certainly a story about being at the right place at the right time -- a moment in history when scientific discovery made possible the creation of modern medicine. It's also a story of an extraordinary family -- Dr. William Worrall Mayo, a frontier doctor, and his two sons, Dr. William J. Mayo and Dr. Charles H. Mayo, and the great institution they built, Mayo Clinic. It's the story of a deadly tornado and the partnership that evolved between the Mayo family and the Sisters of Saint Francis. It's a story about unusual dedication, willingness to face a hostile and harsh environment, a story of discovery, sharing, collaboration, selflessness and generosity. It's also a story of how people came together in a small town on the edge of America's Great Plains and built the first integrated medical practice and how that practice developed a model dedicated to providing the best care to every patient every day.

Mission & Values

Mayo Clinic has a legacy of inspiring hope and contributing to health and wellbeing by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research.

Working Here

What if a career could change your life?  Whether you are a nursing student, starting your professional life, or already have a substantial career in Nursing, you may sometimes wonder if you are doing the work you were meant to do.  As a Mayo Clinic Nurse you will become a vital member of a dynamic health care team, where you’ll experience the exceptional environment of one of the world’s cutting edge health care institutions.

Perhaps you imagine being part of a team where your colleagues inspire you to stretch and grow beyond your boundaries. Maybe you are looking for a purpose in life that gives you an opportunity to be part of a lasting legacy. Mayo Clinic provides the highest quality patient care by placing the needs of the patient first.  You’ll discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism and mutual respect – and most importantly, a life-changing career.

Hiring Information

Mayo Clinic has a multidisciplinary, team-oriented work environment that presents opportunities that may rarely be experienced elsewhere.  Each year more than a million patients from all 50 states and nearly 150 countries come to Mayo Clinic for care.  Mayo Clinic teams cared for 1,113,000 individual patients in 2011 at campuses in Minnesota, Florida, Arizona and Mayo Clinic Health Systems, a network of clinics, hospitals, and health care facilities serving communities in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Georgia.  A variety of specialty opportunities exist within hospital inpatient, Perioperative and perianesthesia, and ambulatory care areas depending on location of interest.


Mayo offers a wide variety of benefits for employees. They include paid time off, tuition assistance, relocation assistance and excellent health care coverage.

Honors & Awards

In 2012, FORTUNE named Mayo Clinic to its 15th annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list. This is Mayo Clinic's ninth consecutive year on the list. The Department of Nursing at Mayo Clinic in Rochester has been a Magnet status recipient since 1997.

Mayo Clinic is an affirmative action and equal opportunity educator and employer.