Biorepository Technician

Novavax Gaithersburg , MD 20877

Posted 2 months ago

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVAX), is a late-stage biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. NanoFlu, its quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, is currently in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial to address key factors that can lead to the poor effectiveness of currently approved flu vaccines. ResVax, its RSV vaccine for infants via maternal immunization, is the only vaccine to demonstrate efficacy in a Phase 3 clinical trial. Novavax recently initiated development of a vaccine program against COVID-19. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines; its proprietary recombinant technology platform combines the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce a new class of highly immunogenic nanoparticles addressing urgent global health needs.

The Biorepository Technician is responsible for acquiring the skills to do the receipt, inventory, storage, withdrawal and shipment of biological samples, clinical agents, and materials from multiple clients. These materials may be stored at temperatures below freezing with potentially hazardous properties.

The Biorepository Technician will support the inventory and distribution of clinical trial samples. The technician performs activities in support of daily sample management operations (inventory tracking, processing, distribution, storage, preparation, withdrawal, and destruction of biological samples). This position requires work with clinical samples at lower temperatures in a laboratory setting.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Technician is responsible for clinical sample receipt, identification verification, processing, shipping and storage

  • Processes large volumes of sample shipments received for multiple study protocols

  • Accurately prepares lab specimens and containers as required for testing for specific studies

  • Must be able to prioritize workload in response to the specific needs of numerous protocols and department

  • Maintains an efficient, well organized laboratory, manages supplies, and maintains quality control programs

  • Must exercise good judgement and independent problem solving skills

  • Ensures accurate storage for all sample inventory utilizing LIMS

  • Prepare sample aliquots when needed and make deliveries to clients as required

  • Accurately prepares samples for outbound shipments to central labs for long term storage and will work closely with Clinical Samples Manager to support sample pick up

  • Organize and maintain quarantined samples distributions for testing

  • Keep management informed of day to day progress, including deviations from the established process

  • Performs internal specimen consolidation and reorganization projects under the guidance of Clinical Samples Manager or desginee

  • Understanding the Standard Operating Procedures and equipment associated with his/her duties

Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma required

  • Some undergraduate biological science coursework or certificate preferred

  • Ability to work in a cold environment with exposure to dry ice, liquid nitrogen cryogenics, hazardous and infectious agents for up to 6 hours per day

  • Must use personal protective equipment and adhere to safety protocols

  • Must be able to lift, push and carry up to 50lbs

  • Must be able to use a computer up to 6 hours per day

  • Requires ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written form

  • Requires knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Word

  • Prefer 1-2 years' work experience with data entry, shipping/receiving and sample handling/management

  • Prefer knowledge of methods to handle, process, and store biospecimens using a computerized storage and retrieval system (LIMS)

  • Prefer knowledge of Universal Precautions, general laboratory and quality assurance/ control.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden. Novavax is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol NVAX and is dedicated to developing novel vaccines to address infectious disease.

Novavax, Inc. offers a base salary, annual bonus, stock options, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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