SDSU Research Foundation

Phlebotomist/Clinical Laboratory Asst (Medical Laboratory Technician)

Req No.
Part-Time Contract
$15.44 per hour
Dept/Proj Name
South Bay Latino Research Center (SBLRC)
Close Date


The South Bay Latino Research Center (SBLRC) promotes and facilitates research in diverse Latino populations living in the border region of San Diego. Using principles of Community-based Participatory Research, SBLRC investigators conduct epidemiologic, intervention and health service research in an effort to improve the health and welfare of the community it serves. Existing partnerships with the SBLRC include the University of California, San Diego, San Ysidro Health, Inc., Scripps Health, and Neighborhood Healthcare. Arriba por la Vida (AVE) is a randomized control trial that aims to reduce sitting time in postmenopausal Hispanic/Latina women at increased risk of heart disease. The intervention will help Hispanic/Latina women understand when and where they sit most and help them to break up their sitting time.



Under the direct and general supervision of the Project Managers and Principal Investigator, the Phlebotomist/Clinical Laboratory Assistant performs assigned standardized procedures to prepare laboratory specimens, materials and equipment. Following detailed procedures, the Phlebotomist/Clinical Laboratory Assistant collects, and processes biological specimens; adequately handles, contains, stores and disposes the different laboratory waste materials. Performs de-contamination of laboratory benches and other work areas. Prepares simple solutions used for cleaning and disinfecting laboratory materials; assists in distribution of laboratory instruments and other materials to the assigned areas in the laboratories. As needed, prepares specimen for storage, shipping or transportation, and makes arrangements for scheduling daily shipping pick up/drop off. Maintains laboratory supplies and equipment inventories, maintenance logs, supply orders, and assists with planning and scheduling of equipment maintenance. Adheres to safety regulations, OSHA bloodborne pathogens act, handling dry ice, collection and processing of biospecimens samples according to the study protocols. Performs phlebotomy functions, quality control activities, data entry, and record keeping.


The Phlebotomist/Clinical Laboratory Assistant is responsible for but not limited to:


Laboratory Assistant/ Phlebotomist 95%

Perform operations relevant to the activities for the collection of the study biospecimens samples; serves as phlebotomist, which entails drawing blood by skin punctures and venipuncture, to obtain samples for research analysis. Follow strict laboratory research protocols for procedures and standards for the laboratory operations.  Adhere to strict laboratory processing protocols to ensure samples are processed in a timely manner, and follows quality control procedures for compliance with federal, state and institutional standards. Ensure equipment is operating properly, performs quality control tasks, logs the quality control results, and assists scheduling maintenance and calibration. Maintain inventory of laboratory materials and supplies ordering. Ensure adherence to OSHA guidelines, laboratory safety and protocols. Ensure proper storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials. Perform general duties specific to data entry of forms. Must provide good customer service at all times. Follow human subject protection and confidentiality of participants’ information.


Administrative Duties 5%

Participates in research study meetings and trainings. Other duties are assigned as needed.


Special skills:

Knowledge of California Occupational safety and health Administration (Cal OSHA) regulations and of Bloodborne Pathogen Standards and safety requirements
Knowledge of biology, math, and chemistry
Knowledge of biological and chemical materials and the safe storage of hazardous biological and chemical materials, including controlled chemicals
Knowledge of laboratory safety and quality assurance practices and procedures
Knowledge of medical terminology pertinent to laboratory procedures
Knowledge of the informed consent process, human subject protections, HIPPA regulations
Ability to collect required specimens (i.e. urine/blood) from study participants
Ability to perform phlebotomy using the appropriate equipment including venipuncture and capillary puncture
Ability to use applicable equipment and materials in performing laboratory tests
Ability to perform quality control checks on data collection
Ability to follow policies, procedures and standards for laboratory operations
Ability to uphold a high standard of research ethical practices, adhere and follow data security policies
Ability to transport samples to a designated location for shipping to central laboratory
Ability to complete study certification plan on the study protocol within (1) month of employment
Ability to complete required training within five (5)-days of hire: IRB training, NIH Data Safety Training, Drug Awareness and Sexual Awareness Ability to successfully complete Human Subjects Training and Certification within established deadlines
Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
Ability to collaborate with representatives from academic institutions and other field centers
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with management team and support staff
Ability to work as a part of a team and independently, reliable, and dependable in all daily work activities
Ability to display excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to display flexibility and handle multiple work priorities and interruptions in a fast paced environment
Ability to work on weekends and maintain a flexible work schedule
Ability to understand and follow work rules and procedures
Ability to display initiative and leadership capacity
Ability to handle and respond to potential minor laboratory events such as biohazard exposure, participant’s dizziness and vomiting
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a professional manner, both orally and in writing
Ability to be organized, meet deadlines, display detail orientation, good judgment and common sense
Ability to display sensitivity to ethnically and culturally diverse individuals, communities and organizations




  • High school degree or equivalent
  • 1-2 years of continuous experience collecting and processing samples in a laboratory
  • State of California Phlebotomy Certification (CPT-1)
  • Bilingual in English & Spanish (able to read, write, and speak in both English and Spanish)

Preferred Qualificaitons & Special Skills


  • Certification as Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) from an accredited program preferred
  • Associates Degree  in a relevant field of study (chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science)  from a community college, vocational or technical school
  • CPR or CPR/AED Certification 


Offer of employment is contingent upon successful  completion of a fingerprint clearance


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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