Laboratory Technician II

State of Utah

Full Job Description
Job Description

Do you have Laboratory experience and want to make a difference for infants and their families? The Utah Public Health Lab (UPHL) within the Utah Department of Health and Human Services needs you as a Sample Receiving – Laboratory Technician II to support newborn screenings. Proper newborn screening identification can impact a child’s long-term health or survival. Through early detection, you are helping make a difference for newborns to best reach their fullest potential.

In this position, you will receive blood-spot samples for timely processing, verify data on newborn cards, and enter card data correctly into the Newborn Screening System. Your dedicated efforts will allow for the processing of samples with less errors, allowing these results to reach doctor’s hands in a more timely manner. To be successful in this position, you need to be able to type at least 30 WPM and have previous data entry experience.

Due to the nature of this position, compliance with the Utah Department of Health and Human Services Employee Immunization policy is required. This position also requires an initial blood sample for hepatitis and TB (tuberculosis) testing upon hire and a TB test is required annually.

Principle duties
As a Lab Tech II you will:Receive newborn samples from carriers.
Organize cards by type.
Log samples into track-kit.
Verify data and blood type on newborn cards.
Scan newborn screening cards to format the card to be able to enter in and order required tests.
Sort, label, and maintain integrity of all specimens.
Store and dispose of various samples and/or hazardous materials using prescribed methods.
Maintain accurate records and logs.
Assist the public and communicate with other clinics and labs regarding technical questions.
Assist with fulfilling orders for sample collection devices.

The Ideal Candidate:Has at least a High School Diploma / GED.
Has previous laboratory experience.
Has a high level of attention-to-detail.
Is a problem solver.
Easily adapts to change.
Has a high level of integrity.
Why You Should Join Our Team

Along with the satisfaction of helping with newborn screening, you will receive great health and retirement benefits, such as, generous paid time off so you can have a positive work life balance. Click here to view a summary of all the benefits we offer.

The Agency
To learn more about UPHL, click here. If offered this position, your continued employment will be contingent upon passing a fingerprint background check. You may review the department policy by clicking here. (Download PDF reader)


Supplemental Information
Working Conditions:

The typical office setting for this job is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. However, you may encounter some risks that are associated with any office setting, for example, the safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Work also requires the handling of stable, but potentially harmful chemicals including, but not limited to acids, bases, detergents, and bio-hazardous waste.
Standard Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and rotating Saturdays, 8 AM to 4 PM.
Per State of Utah regulation, you are required to either reside within the State of Utah or plan on residing within the State of Utah within 30 days of your start date.
Physical Requirements:
This job requires physical exertion. You may be required to stand for long periods of time. In addition, you may be required to bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, or lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner or for long periods of time.

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