Spring 2021 Testing Positions

Spring open image and date of January 25

UNL is working to provide saliva-based COVID-19 diagnostic testing on campus in the spring, with an expected 24-hour turnaround for positive or negative results.

Standing up this capability is a major undertaking, and we need immediate help staffing it. We are looking for members of our campus community, faculty, staff and students, who would be able to temporarily redeploy to help staff the various positions related to the testing, including helping within the lab itself, working collection sites and serving as building monitors. These temporary re-assignments range from one month, 2-4 months, to more than four months, depending on the role and availability of the individual. Evening and weekend hours are available for most positions.

For graduate assistants whose time may not be fully utilized during part or all of the spring semester, or if they have capacity beyond their research or teaching assignments, they are encouraged to express interest. If current graduate student funding on a project does not allow them to redeploy, other funding sources to support their help with our testing efforts can be explored. Undergraduates who express interest will be considered to fill these positions as paid student workers.

If you are interested and have capacity to redeploy on a temporary basis next spring, or if you are a graduate student interested in a paid position, please provide your contact information here and indicate which role(s) you are interested in assisting with.

Undergraduate students interested in these positions can apply at Handshake at UNL.

You can read more about each of the available roles and minimum qualifications below. Approvals by a supervisor for current employees will be needed before a time commitment can be made.

If you are interested in applying for one of the temporary testing positions (vs. redeploying) or wish to assist with recruitment of external candidates, please visit the employment website.

Re-deploy Student workers External applicants

Lab Technician III Lab Technician II - Sample Receiving Lab Technician II Lab Technician I Saliva Collector Wellness Attendant COVID-19 Courier

Lab Technician III

Summary

Contribute to the mission of the SARS-CoV-2 project by performing testing on specimens submitted to the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center using independent judgment, working under moderate supervision. This position will also participate in the intellectual aspects of developing test protocols and the analyses, evaluation, and interpretation of the results. The lab is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility. These positions are ideally full time (40 hours) per week.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science or medical technology or related field plus one year laboratory experience required; equivalent education/experience considered Precision, accuracy, attention to detail, and technical knowledge and ability necessary. Data collection. Knowledge of quality control procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with basic and skilled lab procedures. Basic data collection, analysis and report writing skills. Knowledge of molecular biology and experience performing molecular diagnostic testing preferred.

Lab Technician II (Sample Receiving)

Summary

Contribute to the mission of the SARS-CoV-2 project by processing specimens submitted to the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center under close supervision. Sort, arrange, and log specimens for sample tracking, testing, and reporting results. Complete proficiency tests required by CLIA to a satisfactory manner. Maintain compliance with NVDC QA/QC practices and accreditation. The lab is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility. Full time (40 hours), as well as part-time (10 or 20 hours), per week positions are available.

Minimum Qualifications

Associates degree plus two years laboratory experience; equivalent education/experience considered. Precision, accuracy, attention to detail, and technical knowledge and ability necessary. Experience with basic lab procedures. Basic data collection. Knowledge of quality control procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience performing diagnostic testing preferred.

Lab Technician II

Summary

Contribute to the mission of the SARS-CoV-2 project by processing specimens and performing basic technical laboratory services on submissions to the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, while working under close supervision. Complete proficiency tests required by CLIA to a satisfactory manner. Maintain compliance with NVDC QA/QC practices and accreditation. The lab is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility. Full time (40 hours), as well as part-time (10 or 20 hours), per week positions are available.

Minimum Qualifications

Associates degree plus two years laboratory experience; equivalent education/experience considered. Precision, accuracy, attention to detail, and technical knowledge and ability necessary. Experience with basic lab procedures. Basic data collection. Knowledge of quality control procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience performing diagnostic testing preferred.

Apply for Lab Technician II on Handshake

Lab Technician I - Lab Support

Summary

Contribute to the mission of the SARS-CoV-2 project by processing specimens submitted to the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center under close supervision. Serve as an aid to the laboratory sections in stocking shelves, replacing biohazard containers, and disinfecting laboratory areas. Perform clerical duties, such as scanning documents, printing barcode labels, and scanning barcodes. Occasionally fill in on other tasks. Maintain compliance with NVDC QA/QC practices and accreditation. The lab is a 24 hour, 7 day a week facility. Full time (40 hours), as well as part-time (10 or 20 hours), per week positions are available.

Minimum Qualifications

High School plus one year of of lab or related experience. Precision, accuracy and attention to detail necessary. Familiarity with basic lab procedures and decontamination of equipment, instruments, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

Associates degree in related science or equivalent education/experience.

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Saliva Collector

Summary

The COVID-19 Saliva Collector will be responsible for checking UNL faculty, staff and students in for their COVID-19 tests including scanning of NCards and distributing a test collection kit. Collectors will provide instruction on the proper technique for providing a saliva sample. Collectors will receive the completed saliva sample and place it into the collections bin. This process will take less than five minutes and will be repeated several times within a shift.

Collectors will also be responsible for setup and close-down duties, sanitizing the work area, and keeping inventory stock full. Collectors will be required to be in full PPE which is provided.

Minimum Qualifications

High School or equivalent experience. Must be organized, detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal communication skills

Apply for Saliva Collector on Handshake

Wellness Attendant

Summary

The COVID-19 Wellness Attendant is stationed at primary entrances of campus facilities. They will be responsible for checking the building entry status of students, faculty and staff via the SAFER Community app or printed COVID-19 boarding pass and for supervising visitors and guests requesting access inside of university buildings. They will also be responsible for setup and close down of their assigned station and sanitizing their area. The attendant will be required to wear a face covering and will have sanitizing supplies and disposable face coverings available. Students hired as wellness attendants will be expected to work at least 5 hours per week, with schedules to be discussed and decided on based on student’s class schedule and other commitments.

Minimum Qualifications

High School or equivalent experience. Must be organized, detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal communication skills.

Apply for Wellness Attendant on Handshake

COVID-19 Courier

Summary

COVID Couriers are responsible for picking up saliva samples from several different testing sites, and delivering them to the lab. Couriers will also be distributing inventory to all testing locations. A University vehicle will be driven, so a background check and license check will be performed. Training will be complete to ensure safety, in case of an accident. Evening and weekend hours are needed.

Minimum Qualifications

High School or equivalent experience. Must be organized, detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal communication skills.

Apply for COVID-19 Courier on Handshake