Position Summary:

The Biorepository Technician I will assist in shipment & receipt, the retrieval and preservation of biological samples that arrive daily or are stored in the repository.


Essential functions of the job include but are not limited to:

Monitoring of freezers:

  • Respond to freezer alarms in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Monitor freezers, refrigerator and room temperatures as assigned by Manager


Receive biological samples: 

  • Unpack specimens and record all pertinent information in Incoming Shipment Batch and incoming folder
  • Create a folder to house all associated paperwork
  • Store at appropriate temperature following guidelines set by procedures
  • Distribute confirmation of shipment receipt form if required by project


Receive supplies into inventory: 

  • Verify shipment contents against packing list
  • Quarantine Raw Materials for release by QA department


Inventory of Frozen Biological Samples:

  • Check information on sample vial against information provided by the study site
  • Scan samples into data management system, BSI
  • Correct paperwork where necessary and inform supervisor/manager of any discrepancies by generating a discrepancy report
  • Assist in the inventory of returned specimens
  • Aliquot frozen specimens utilizing aseptic technique


Retrieve Frozen Samples from Inventory and Ship:

  • Pull samples according to requisition, SOP, and instructions
  • Perform quality control verification of outgoing samples
  • Update Outgoing Batch Record
  • Contact receiving labs prior to shipment to confirm shipping address and ensure contact will be available to receive specimens
  • Ship samples (dangerous and non-dangerous goods) by Commercial or local courier
  • Complete all paperwork (link-up forms, aliquot forms, return forms or BSI data collection sheets and any other forms which may be necessary)



  • Label vials and shipping boxes
  • Perform dry shipper QC
  • Keep current on IATA Shipping Regulations and maintain certification and standards
  • Carry out other duties/projects as assigned




Minimum Required:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 2 years’ of general working experience


Other Required:

  • Requires good attention to detail, excellent documentation skills and must work well in a group environment
  • Familiarity with excel and basic functions with the program
  • Must be a flexible agile team player who can change activities and directions quickly and respond to a variety of assignment and changing business needs
  • Ability to lift and carry between 31-50 lbs.; Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. overhead with assistance; frequently required to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods; occasionally required to squat, bend, stoop, push, kneel, reach and perform tasks with repetitive motion; Will be exposed to a cold freezer environment (Freezer temperatures range between -20ºC -196ºC)
  • Must be able to read, write, speak fluently and comprehend the English language



  • 1 year of relevant lab experience
  • Basic laboratory skills
  • Trained in aseptic technique

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