Laboratory Assistant

JMI Laboratories

JMI Laboratories is a global leader in anti-infectives research, operating as a clinical reference laboratory in support of new drug development including clinical trials.

The Laboratory Assistant, under general supervision, provides laboratory testing support to microbiologist/molecular scientists and managers. The position will consist of routine work such as general housekeeping, testing preparation, operation of laboratory equipment, and routine maintenance. Special tasks will be assigned by managers or microbiologists/molecular scientists on a daily basis. 

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Process incoming specimens using proper safety handling guidelines, labeling of plates, using appropriate media, and properly streaking for isolation.
  • Preparing for runs including opening of panels, numbering of panels and tubes, and cracking of tubes.
  • Dispensing media using aseptic technique for storage of bacterial specimens
  • Properly pulls isolates from the bank for SENTRY and protocol testing.
  • Participates in all aspects of runs including subbing, inoculums, pipetting and machines.
  • Carries out recommended corrective action for quality assurance.
  • Calibrates, conducts routine maintenance and troubleshoots laboratory instrumentation.
  • Seeks technical direction from the Microbiologist/Molecular Scientist with specific instrumentation problems.
  • Complies with applicable regulatory and accreditation requirements of the laboratory.
  • Complies with the Quality Assurance program within the laboratory.
  • Documents and reports variances to the Laboratory Managers.   
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes recommendations to the Laboratory Managers for resolution of identified problems/errors.
  • Assists with writing and revising laboratory procedures according to CLSI and regulatory guidelines.
  • DNA Extractions
  • PCR or NGS testing setup 


Associate degree in a laboratory science field from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

JMI Laboratories is based in North Liberty, IA and offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes health, dental, vacation, 401(k) and profit sharing. 

If you want to contribute directly to help the world combat infectious diseases, we encourage you to apply here or send your cover letter and resume to

JMI Laboratories is an equal opportunity employer. No recruiters or agencies please.

Job Benefits:

 JMI Laboratories offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes health, dental, vacation, 401(k) and profit sharing. 

COVID-19 Precautions:

Social distancing measure are taken and face masks are required. 

Job ID: 74160

Posted 4 days ago

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