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Clinical Medical Technician I, Tacoma, Washington, US ID# 19202

Cherokee Nation Operational Solutions (CNOS) provides a complete line of medical equipment and supplies along with innovative office products and services to businesses and health care facilities throughout North America. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Operational Solutions is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses’ family of companies.

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) aims to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense (DoD) and US Army requirements and delivers lifesaving products including knowledge, technology and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the Warfighter.


In attempt to respond to the epidemic of Gram-negative multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) nosocomial and wound infections in the U.S. Military Health System, the WRAIR launched the Multidrug-resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN).

To support the MRSN mission, we are seeking a Clinical Medical Technician I to work at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington.



Includes the following:

  • Serve as a laboratory technician working under the supervision of a principal investigator (Research/Clinical Scientist) or contractor laboratory manager/supervisor in performing laboratory procedure and experiments as required for the phenotypic and genotypic characterization of MDRO
  • Perform microbiological examinations on a variety of specimens using morphological, cultural, and biochemical identification of microorganism
  • Process microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility test on the three most widely used automated systems: Microscan, Phoenix, and/or Vitek 2XL
  • Process specimens, prepares reagents, performs testing procedures, reports, and interprets test results
  • Collect, process, package, and ship MDROs to MRSN
  • Perform quality control testing, instrument maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Ensure quality specimens for laboratory testing
  • Verify analytic accuracy, precision, sensitivity and references ranges for test methods
  • Work with Physician to analyze results and conduct more difficult, non-routine tests
  • Operate systems/methodologies in order to produce timely and accurate data for patients, Quality Control (QC), and proficiency testing
  • Performs experimental work including serological assays, chemical assays, genetic and molecular biology procedures, growth of solid and liquid cultures


  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), templates and forms, (including, but not limited to, statistical programming plan SOP and template)
  • Follow laboratory SOPs and specific written experimental protocols as well as oral instructions in performing assigned experimental work
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook in which accurate and complete records of laboratory work is maintained in accordance with accepted standards
  • Submit reports and data summaries when applicable
  • Comply with occupational health and safety standards and other applicable regulations and guidelines which may include medical surveillance to maintain a safe workplace
  • Perform routine laboratory duties such as packaging, receiving, and shipping of supplies and specimens to/from military treatment facilities and/or hospitals, and properly disposing of hazardous biological and chemical waste, preparing reagents, and maintain an accurate inventory of laboratory supplies
  • Participate in the development of research protocols and grant proposals and in the conduct of research related to MRSN activities
  • Attend MRSN related seminars, scientific conferences and meetings
  • Report clinical data accurately and efficiently to ensure military treatment facility and/or hospital submitters receive timely patient information
  • Works to improve and expand the skill set of others involved with this effort by communicating and maintaining team knowledge



  • AS or BS in Biology, Chemistry or Microbiology preferred
  • Must possess an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or American Medical Technologists (AMT) industry credential such as Medical Technologist (MT), Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT), or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLT) certification
  • 1- 2 years of laboratory experience in clinical microbiology or molecular biology outside of an academic setting
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) /Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training




  • Familiarity with the processing of microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing data generated on the three most widely used automated systems: Phoenix, Microscan, and/or Vitek2
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration abilities
  • Willingness to share knowledge in effort to advance staff and team capabilities
  • Work to improve and expand the skill set of fellow team members by effectively communicating and maintaining team knowledge
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment using critical thinking skills and decisive judgement, and troubleshooting with minimal supervision
  • Ability to perform work that requires frequent standing, walking, lifting, grasping and repetitive motion.
  • Lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Occasional stooping, squatting, pushing, pulling climbing, and overhead lifting




  • Laboratory


About Cherokee Federal

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

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