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Job Code: 0597
Job Level: 82
Revised Date: 04/07/1988
Job Family: JF 15

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Occupational Summary

Perform routine tests in a Duke University laboratory for use in the treatment and diagnosis of disease.

Work Performed

Perform routine tests in clinical laboratories for use in the treatment and diagnosis of disease using standard techniques and equipment; perform related duties in laboratory to include storing and labeling specimens and tending automatic equipment to prepare specimens and perform analytical tests. Prepare sterile media and plates, jars or test tubes for use in growing bacterial cultures; incubate culture for specific times at prescribed temperatures.

Prepare solutions, reagents and stains, following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.

Maintain detailed records of tests performed and report laboratory test results to appropriate personnel. Clean and sterilize laboratory equipment, glassware and instruments; maintain laboratory supply of chemicals and glassware.

Collect blood specimens from patients using venipuncture or heel or finger stick.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires completion of a program for Clinical Lab Assistants or Medical Lab Technicians. Certification by a nationally recognized agency/board is also required.


None required above education/training requirement.




The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job 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.