PT Phlebotomist @ the Institute for Medical Research

Overview: Perform a variety of technical procedures involved in the procurement, processing, and evaluation of patient specimens for use in clinical research.

In this position, you will have the opportunity to work with a highly productive and dynamic team of MDs, PhDs, basic and clinical research scientists.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform a variety of routine blood draw procedures.
  • Prepare and initiate special tests and procedures including, but not limited to: general laboratory, urinalysis without a microscope, phlebotomy, and specimen management.
  • Obtain total volume, perform aliquot and distribute all urine specimens.
  • Properly determine urine volume. Properly label aliquot containers.
  • Communicate in a professional and courteous manner with patients, family, and other medical personnel as necessary for problem recognition and initiation of the resolution and, if necessary, escalation to the next level. Obtain information for laboratory records.
  • Utilize standard equipment to maintain positive patient identification through the maintenance of all clinical laboratory records, register patients/specimens, and perform order entry as required.
  • Perform various quality control, safety, and infection control procedures to maintain compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Receive and process specimens as required by laboratory procedures and protocols.
  • Positively ID all patient specimens, verify all laboratory labels/requisitions.
  • Participate in the distribution of specimens, supplies, and reports to the appropriate laboratory staff; perform courier activities as required.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies, as needed.
  • Utilize various hospital information systems and software.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.


  • High School diploma or GED. For assignment to phlebotomy, completion of a structured phlebotomy training course and 2 years of experience.
  • They must be detail oriented, organized, flexible and reliable with good communication skills.  
  • They must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, prioritize and manage the workflow of multiple projects. 
  • Basic computer skills are required, with experience using MS Access and MS Excel preferred. 
  • Demonstrated professional initiative and teamwork abilities are required.
  • Prior experience with clinical research, lab work, FDA regulations, HIPAA considerations.
  • Applicants must deal diplomatically and professionally with administration, faculty, clinical and lab personnel, and subjects. 
  • Applicants must be fluent in English.

Candidates must be available to work in-office Monday-Friday. 

Pay rate ranging from: $21.00-$25.00/hr

Position is contingent on funding.

The prior statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements and activities that are required in order to perform the essential functions of the position include, but may not be limited to, as follows:

  • Must be able to occasionally lift, pull and push a minimum of 40 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to squat, kneel, and stoop.
  • Must be able to regularly use fingers, hands for computer work.
  • Must be able to frequently handle stressful situations and concentrate for long periods of time.

This role requires handling of human specimens including tissue, urine, blood, and stool.  Candidates will work with freezers and chemicals in a laboratory environment.

Employee Benefits: IMR offers a competitive benefits package which includes health insurance, a matching 403b retirement savings plan, and paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave. Please visit for information about employee benefits.

All IMR employees are required to obtain a Workers Without Compensation (WOC) appointment at the Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS).  As a result, the successful candidate must undergo a federal background check and may be subject to a drug test. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas.   

Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs may be requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Workers Without Compensation (WOC). 

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled persons and Veterans. 

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