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Clinical Laboratory Sample Processor

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Laboratory and Research
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Classification Title
Laboratory Support II

Posting Number: 202100105P

Position Type: State Classified

Open Date

Close Date: 06/21/2021

$2,764 - $3,332 monthly + FULL BENEFIT OFFERINGS

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas.

Full/Part Time: Full-time

State Classified Hourly

Description of Work Unit

This work unit exists to produce requested laboratory data on blood, tissue and body fluids in a timely and efficient manner to support research and to guide clinicians, referring veterinarians and students in the diagnosis and treatment of varied and numerous species of animals.

Position Summary

This position exists to support the Clinical Pathology Laboratory by receiving, verifying, charging, preparing, storing and distributing samples for testing; by organizing and disseminating laboratory results by verbal reporting, photocopying, filing, and telephoning and/or faxing reports; by keeping records for the purpose of cost accounting for the clinical pathology laboratory. Sample handling may include spinning tubes containing blood or other body fluids (possibly infectious) and transferring plasma or serum to another tube.

Note to Applicants: This position is required to work Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Two years of experience in a veterinary medicine or laboratory environment of which must have included one year of experience providing front-line customer service.

Coursework in Biological Sciences and/or a related field will substitute for one year of required experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:

  • Demonstrated use of medical terminology.
  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or certificate in phlebotomy.
  • Background knowledge or work experience in laboratory/veterinary testing environment including knowledge of equipment, tools, and systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment while completing a variety of tasks and managing workload.
  • Knowledge and understanding of laboratory testing and ability to recommend the appropriate test for the best outcome.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures, including cleanliness to avoid contamination and/or illness.
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Ability to consistently exercise good judgment and decision-making.
  • Ability to prioritize workload.
  • Interpersonal skills.
Job Duty Category: Customer Service

  • Exchange information by answering questions and reporting results via telephone, verbal communication or fax.
  • Act as "face" of laboratory and handle all communication through the front accessionist.
  • Develop and foster relationships with internal and external clients and partners.
Percentage Of Time: 20%

Job Duty Category: Charging of Tests and Sample Accessioning

  • Ensure sample submitted is labeled appropriately and matches paperwork submitted regarding sample ID and test(s) requested.
  • Expedite sample testing and processing by charging and labeling in accordance with the department guidelines and laboratory SOPs.
  • Responsible for reporting on any improper submissions or inappropriate labeling of tests and or samples.
  • Fill out internal Incident Reports when pre-analytical mistakes occur, as well as educate the submitter on the mistake made and how to correct it in the future.
Percentage Of Time: 30%

Job Duty Category: Sample Handling and Processing

  • Separate samples by centrifugation and distributes blood, body fluids, urine and other samples to appropriate laboratory sections.
  • Complete appropriate sample handling precautions in order to avoid the spread of infectious agents within samples.
  • Prioritize STAT and ASAP samples.
  • Provide basic information regarding samples and timing as needed.
  • Process approximately 100+ samples in a given shift while assisting in other areas of the lab.
Percentage Of Time: 25%

Job Duty Category: Sample Integrity and Testing

  • Contribute to the production of timely and accurate laboratory data by verifying the receipt of quality specimens. This includes ensuring correct labeling, paperwork, sample type, sample quality, and sample quantity upon receipt.
  • Responsible for ensuring that proper samples are submitted for testing using SOP's and good judgment.
Percentage Of Time: 10%

Job Duty Category: Data Filing and Organization

  • Systematically organizes and maintains laboratory data by filing laboratory reports.
  • Maintain records within the lab.
Percentage Of Time: 10%

Job Duty Category: Cleaning and slide storage

  • Maintain clean work area to avoid contamination.
  • File, organize and maintain sample slides daily.
Percentage Of Time: 5%

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience. Please note: Part-time experience will be calculated to determine the full-time equivalent.
  • The Work Experience is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered "Incomplete", the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if "see resume" (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor's) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.

    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.
  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s) and interview(s) which require candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates' own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from, OR the Employment Consultant facilitating the search process. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Colorado State University

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Colorado State University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Human Resources - Employment Office, at or call (970) 491- MyHR(6947).


  • Please check the Help link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Shift Work - Position is required to work Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

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