Laboratory Processing Associate

at Exact Sciences
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Date Posted August 12, 2020
Category Bioscience
Job Type Full-time
Address 441 Charmany Drive


Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Laboratory Processing Associate (known internally as the Specimen Processing Associate (SPA)) is responsible for the receipt, accessioning, processing, and storage of patient samples received into the lab.  The Specimen Processing Associate performs the functions of specimen processor under the guided direction of the area Supervisor.  The Specimen Processing Associate will follow all laboratory policies and procedures and maintain accurate data reporting practices to ensure consistent and diligent execution of specimen processing.


The hours for this position are Saturday - Monday from 6:00pm - 6:30am. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reports to work on time and follows attendance guidelines.
  • Conducts all assigned job duties in a timely and productive manner.
  • Follows proper specimen identification procedures in the execution of all job duties.
  • Performs all job duties according to laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Handles and disposes of all specimen following universal precautions and applicable safety policies.
  • Accessions and processes laboratory specimen with emphasis on accuracy, timeliness, completeness and compliance.
  • Helps to manage specimen storage and retention according to laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for the timely removal of processing waste from the Exact Sciences Clinical laboratory to applicable disposal locations.
  • Responsible for supply inventory and supply stocking. Performs basic maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Performs all essential responsibilities of the Specimen Processing Associate position as directed.
  • Meets standards for production and accuracy within 3 months of in shift date.
  • Possess positive interpersonal skills and the ability to interact and build strong working relationships with peers at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and adapt to changing workload and circumstances effectively; able to respond to new information quickly.
  • Ability to stay focused on a task and work independently; motivated to perform quality work and completing tasks that are assigned in a timely manner.
  • Ability to accurately follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to focus on detail and perform repetitive tasks.
  • Strong attention to detail and focus on quality output.
  • Other Duties as assigned.
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to work designated schedule.
  • Ability to work nights and/or weekends.
  • Ability to work overtime as needed.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds for approximately 25% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work seated for approximately 50% of a typical working day. Ability to work standing for approximately 50% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to work on mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen for approximately 50% of a typical working day.
  • Ability to grasp with both hands; pinch with thumb and forefinger; turn with hand/arm; reach above shoulder height.
  • Ability to comply with any applicable personal protective equipment requirements.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
  • Basic computer skills to include Email usage.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work experience in a laboratory or similar environment (i.e. maintaining sample integrity, following procedures and protocols, sample collection/handling).

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