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Thermo Fisher Scientific Material Handler in Rockville, Maryland

Job Title: Material Handler I

Requisition ID: R-00982533

At Fisher BioServices, we specialize in the management of critical biological materials in support for the advancement of cell therapy, high value biologics, and population‐based public health research. We provide customized end‐to‐end chain of custody solutions for our large pharmaceutical clients and partners in academia and government, ensuring the integrity and efficacy of their valued material from the manufacturer to the bedside.

Location/Division Specific Information

Rockville, Maryland - BSD/Fisher BioServices

How will you make an impact?

When you are part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you'll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you'll be supported in achieving your career goals.

What will you do?

This position is entry level and is responsible for acquiring the skills to do the receipt, inventory, storage, withdrawal and shipment of biological specimens, samples, clinical agents, and materials from multiple commercial and government clients. These materials are stored at temperatures ranging from ambient (room temperature) to below freezing with potentially hazardous properties. This position uses database applications and standard precautionary procedures to work independently, be self‐directed, communicate effectively, and use good judgment when making decisions. Internal or external client interaction occurs under the guidance of experienced professional or technical staff. This position may also participate in the assembly of kits and label printing.

  • Prepares samples or clinical agents for pickups, courier deliveries, and shipments.

  • Works closely with managers to support customer inquiries, discrepancies, inventory

  • Maintenance and database updates.

  • Responsible for using an inventory management system for data entry, sample tracking, and

  • Management of samples.

  • Maintains files for validation of data and preparation of queries, reviews accumulated data for accuracy and prepares reports of information and sample data.

  • Performs internal specimen consolidation and reorganization projects under the guidance of a

  • Participates in process improvement activities.

  • Receives, handles and inventories specimens of human, animal, and/or plant origin at temperatures ranging from ambient to ‐196°C, and having potentially hazardous properties.

  • Assures compliance to cGMP parts 210 and 211 and company quality systems.

  • Follows standard operating procedures (SOPs), facility safety guidelines, and Food & Drug

  • Administration (FDA) requirements which may include compliance with cGMP CFR parts 210 and 211 where applicable.

  • May prepare sample collection kits in accordance with Standard Work Instructions.

  • May make deliveries to clients as required.

  • May be required to travel to other facilities to meet business needs.


  • High School Diploma


  • Prefer work experience with data entry, shipping/receiving and sample management.

  • Prefer knowledge of methods to handle, process, and store specimens using a computerized.

  • Storage and retrieval system.

  • Prefer knowledge of Universal Precautions, general laboratory and quality assurance/control.

  • Valid driver's license and good driving record if required to transport material.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Valid driver's license and good driving record if required to transport material.

  • Requires ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written form.

  • Requires ability to prepare reports using Microsoft Excel.

  • Requires knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Word and possibly Microsoft Access.

Work Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in a cold environment with exposure to dry ice, liquid nitrogen cryogenics, hazardous and infectious agents, marked changes in temperature.

  • May push/pull 600 lb liquid nitrogen dewars, and work from a platform ladder.

  • Must use personal protective equipment and adhere to safety protocols.

  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs, and push up to 70 lbs.

  • Must be able to process and handle materials frozen on dry ice (‐78°C) or liquid nitrogen (‐196°C) for up to 6 hours per day.

  • Must be able to work in walk‐in freezers or refrigerators periodically for up to 5 hours per day.

  • Must be able to use a computer up to 6 hours per day.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission-enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.