MD Anderson Cancer Center Medical Technician I - Specimen Processing - 10pm-6:30am in Houston, Texas

*This is a full-time Medical Technician 1 with the hours of 10pm-6:30am.*

Specimen Processing is one of the first critical pre-analytical steps in laboratory medicine. Here patient samples are checked for proper identification, specimen integrity, and accessioned into laboratory computer system. Specimens are sorted and distributed to the appropriate testing areas. In addition to the trained personnel that handles specimens, our laboratory has an automated system for specimen handling. This system helps us to enhance our turnaround time performance by moving specimens as needed to centrifuges and then onto an automated delivery track. The laboratory operates 24/7. Specimen processing staff also processes, packs and ships a large volume of specimens that are sent to reference laboratories. The Call Center for Specimen Processing answers all incoming calls inquiring about the status of tests performed in the Core Laboratory along with specimen collection requirements for tests performed in the Division. In addition, the Call Center reports critical value, vital and nursing calls to health care providers on results related to Microbiology, Chemistry and Hematology testing.

Accession/Specimen Processing

  • Evaluates and accessions cases or specimens

  • Documents and cases or specimens requiring special handling

  • Documents any unacceptable cases or specimens and performs cancellations as necessary.

  • Performs complex set ups of slides/specimens for clinical testing.

  • Prepares any reagents required for slide/specimen processing.

  • Prepares any necessary sterile supplies or reagents.

  • Cuts and grinds tissue specimens as necessary for processing procedures.

  • Evaluate samples requiring performance by a reference laboratory

  • If necessary, obtain appropriate approvals before sending samples to reference laboratory

  • Prepare and/or aliquot specimens into appropriate transport containers and store in the appropriate transport conditions until pick up by courier.

  • Generate manifest for reference laboratory specimens and ensure all specimens and orders are accounted for.


  • Operates instrumentation/equipment according to specific protocols

  • Is able to perform and document standard service, quality control, and/or calibration procedures.

  • Is able to troubleshoot and resolve common instrumentation/equipment problems


  • Performs inventory of supplies/reagents according to departmental procedures.

  • Maintains a clean and organized work station

  • Restocks consumable items as necessary to ensure sufficient quantity to support the next work shift.

Customer Service

  • Complies with the section telephone courtesy policies and procedures

  • Demonstrate cooperation when working with both internal and external customers.

  • Demonstrates calmness under varying environmental circumstances. Remains willing and capable of assisting in crisis situations.


  • Train other employees, students, and/or fellows as needed

  • Follow established checklists during the training period.

Other duties as assigned

High school diploma or equivalent. Three years of experience in a clinical medical laboratory or similar setting. With preferred degree, no experience requried. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 28,800

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 36,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 43,200