Repository Technician

Job Locations US-MD-Frederick
Role Type
ATCC Federal Solutions - NCI Repository Contract
Job ID
Scientific Background
Bioprocessing, Bioproduction


The Repository Technician is tasked with performing assigned activities within the repository. They are responsible for maintaining inventory, storage, retrieval, and shipping of biological specimens, samples, and materials to support commercial and government customers.


The Repository Technician requires developing a working knowledge of technical, operative, or administrative methods and practices through intensive on-the-job training. This position follows standard procedures and precautionary measures to work under minimal supervision, communicate effectively, and make sound decisions.


  1. Receive incoming materials and paperwork (e.g. manifest) and prepare samples and paperwork (e.g. waybill) for delivery in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements including domestic and international requirements for transport of hazardous and/or biological materials. Coordinate with shipping service providers, track shipments to final delivery and confirm with sender/destination.
  2. Ensure appropriate handling and storage of temperature-controlled materials. Ensure material and sample data are accurately entered and tracked in inventory system. Create batches in the inventory system based on information and specific requirements provided by customers. Review and confirm inventory work completed by technicians in training.
  3. Provide support to resolve elevated customer inquiries, such as discrepancies in shipments or quality complaints. Report all complaints and process deviations.
  4. Monitor temperature-controlled storage systems and document systems alerts. Maintain freezers and tanks. Maintain an organized storage system and inventory of internal specimens.
  5. Maintain repository files, such as shipping records and transaction records. Keep track of specimen movement history and resolve inventory inaccuracies.
  6. Follow proper safety protocols, materials and equipment are maintained, and inventory is properly stored to ensure viability when transferring and transporting materials.
  7. Perform cycle counts and physical inventory counts regularly.
  8. Perform functions following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with the effective use of equipment, methods of storage and retrieval, general laboratory procedures, and systematic data entry.
  9. Share observations of current protocols and procedures with Repository management to develop/improve repository operations.
  10. Respond to emergencies outside of routine business hours, including timely travel to the site as part of the response team, as necessary.


Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma and 2-5 years' experience or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with data entry, shipping/receiving, and/or sample management.
  • Previous laboratory experience is highly desirable.
  • Experience working with a company wide enterprise based system (ERP/MRP) is highly desirable.   
  • Personal Identity Verification (PIV card) required for employment including favorable results of FBI fingerprint check and federal background investigation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Working competence with PCs including MS/Windows, MS/Excel, MS/Word and an ability to learn other MS/Windows based applications.
  • APICS Certification a plus.
  • Knowledge of methods to handle, process, and store biological specimens using a computerized storage and retrieval system.
  • Knowledge of Universal Precautions, general laboratory and quality control/assurance procedures.
  • Must be able to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to complete work under tight deadlines and have strong organizational skills
  • Working with temperature sensitive materials.

Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


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