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Houston Methodist Research Technician III in Houston, Texas


At Houston Methodist, the Research Technician III position is responsible for the performance and evaluation of laboratory determination on clinical research specimens. This position manages and implements all aspects of laboratory service which include: quality control, order and supply and most importantly, platelet function assays, primarily aggregometry. The Research Technician III position compiles, manages and analyzes lab research data, and assista trainees when needed.


Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.


  • Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

  • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.

  • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.

  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.

  • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.

  • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

  • Focuses on patient/customer safety

  • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards

  • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)

  • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met

  • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports byenabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 20%

  • Promotes a positive work environment and leads the team to be dynamic and a focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. (EF)

  • Participates in planning meetings with Research Nurses. (EF)

  • Role models excellent, clear and professional communication skills to achieve mutual understanding and problem resolution. Demonstrates a positive work environment and contributes to a team-focused work environment that actively helps one another achieve department goals. Collaborates with all members of the research team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent information as it relates to assigned system(s) in a comprehensive manner. (EF)


  • Performs aggregometry and sample processing with quality control, logging, monitoring and cataloging data. (EF)

  • Coordinates storing, packaging, shipping and tracking study samples to core labs across North America. (EF)

  • Assumes call for Cardiology Research as necessary. (EF)

  • Assists with implementation and education of department-based safety initiatives and standards of practice. (EF)


  • Maintains logs of shipments including air bills, telephone logs, core lab correspondence analyzing, reviewing and summarizing research protocols. (EF)

  • Takes inventory and maintains lab supply and equipment, ensuring equipment certification and annual maintenance agreements, as well as locating and obtaining urgently needed items and equipment. (EF)

  • Maintains OSHA's standards and regulations, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) laboratory safety and biohazard precautions. (EF)

  • Cleans and decontaminates work area and instruments at least once per shift. (EF)


  • Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively, minimizing incidental overtime, and prioritizes daily tasks, providing leadership to team members on effective and efficient utilization of time. (EF)

  • Assists department management in product evaluations and utilization of existing products. (EF)


  • Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. (EF)

  • Fosters a positive and constructive teaching environment by engaging students and co-workers in learning opportunities that are valuable and in alignment with business objectives. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


  • Associates degree or two additional years of relative laboratory experience (in addition to the minimum experience requirements listed below) required in lieu of degree


  • Three years of laboratory experience


  • None


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

  • Demonstrates independent judgment and discretion to recognize problems, identify causes and take corrective action

  • Strong training, leadership, and mentoring skills

  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, energetic, and able to prioritize multiple projects

  • Ability to complete work within designated time frames

  • Ability to offer suggestions and implement change to enhance efficiency and organization of office operations


Work AttireYes/No

Uniform No


Business professionalYes

Other (dept approved) No

On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel within No

Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: N/A

Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies, and treatments. The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 284 principal investigators and has more than 570 ongoing clinical trials.

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