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Req ID:  43202

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER

School of Medicine:


Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.


Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.



The Marcus Center for Cellular Cures (MC3) https://marcuscenter.duke.edu/  has an exciting growth opportunity for a motivated individual to fill a Research Technician I in their Carolina Cord Blood Bank Lab. The position is located at 2400 Pratt Street, Durham, N.C. 


Work hours for this position are primarily Tuesday-Saturday – 11:30 am – 8:00 pm.



OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY:  Perform a variety of clerical and laboratory duties of a complex and technical nature in support of the receipt, processing, purification, analysis, and cryopreservation of hematopoietic cells obtained from umbilical cord blood for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation to ensure adherence to protocols and quality of information received. The individual filling this position will be an integral member of a team of physicians, nurses, collection specialists, research technicians, and other professionals providing cord blood collection and processing services for the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank.




  • Under the supervision of senior lab personnel, utilize a biological safety cabinet and employ aseptic technique in the manufacture of licensed DUCORD product from collected umbilical cord blood.  Operate manual and automatic laboratory equipment to count cells; stain cells; separate cells; wash cells; separate plasma, red cells, buffy coats, mononuclear cell populations and stem cells from collected umbilical cord blood; and cryopreserve cells according to standard operating procedures for the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank.
  • Receive and prepare cord blood unit and associated documents from local and remote collection sites; execute administrative functions to prepare cord blood unit for processing.  Receive and prepare maternal samples and associated documents from local and remote collection sites; prepare maternal samples for shipment to the testing facility for infectious disease testing.  Unload and return cord blood shipping containers to remote collection sites.
  • Bring to the attention of the laboratory management staff concerns regarding individual cord blood units or indications that a local or remote site not in compliance with established Carolinas Cord Blood Bank standard operating procedures.
  • Complete and maintain all quality control records pertinent to the receiving and processing sections of the laboratory.
  • Under the supervision of senior lab personnel, coordinate and participate in the preparation of culture media, chemicals, antibodies, pharmaceuticals, reagents, and solutions necessary for cell processing and cryopreservation.
  • Complete laboratory data forms and enter them into the electronic database for the bank.  Prepare cord blood unit working and confidential files for administrative, technical and medical review.  Continually review and file paperwork and test results into the working file, ensuring that the file is completed and finished according to standard operating procedures. Under the supervision of senior lab personnel, evaluate collected laboratory data as outlined in the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank standard operating procedures.  Assist with general administrative activities to include, but not limited to, development of standard operating procedures for the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank.
  • Attend routine laboratory meetings and other meetings related to laboratory functions; stay abreast of pertinent information and any changes to standard operating procedures.  Complete assigned MasterControl training and complete required competency and proficiency assessments.  Complete required continuing education hours.
  • Other duties integral to cord blood processing and banking.




  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Data entry skills
  • Experience with sterile techniques/methods is desirable
  • Familiarity with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is highly desirable



Minimum Qualifications





Work requires an Associate's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other science related scientific field.






Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh