Extraction Specialist


LOCATION: This position is located in Newport, KY, two blocks from Newport on the Levee

HOURS: Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM – 3:00 PM


The Extraction Specialist is responsible for sample accessioning, sample preparation and sample extraction using automated solid phase extraction and manual extraction methods for urine, and oral fluid specimens.


  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, or a similar analytical science field
    • Or Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) with appropriate national certification and three years of experience.
  • Preference for candidates with familiarity with pipetting, extractions, and use of well plates.
  • Previous work with bodily fluids, such as urine, blood, or oral fluid preferred.


  • Accession samples into the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
  • Prepare urine and oral fluid specimens for extraction using established standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Prepare calibrators and quality controls for extractions
  • Ensure the integrity of the specimen by confirming identifying information on the specimen container matches identifying information on the paperwork
  • Accurately aliquot specimens and controls into labeled 96-well plates and test tubes using single-channel, multi-channel, and variable-volume pipettes or use instrumentation
  • Use the LIS to track specimens
  • Document steps performed in the process to track completion times, temperatures, and instruments used per CLIA and CAP regulations
  • Prepare solutions for manual and automated solid phase extraction – requires candidate to perform calculations related to basic chemistry and properly calibrate and use a pH meter when needed
  • Perform required weekly maintenance on instruments and analyzers, including automated liquid handlers
  • Troubleshoot issues with instruments and analyzers
  • Perform automated solid phase extractions on urine and oral fluid specimens
  • Perform manual extractions on oral fluid specimens
  • Dry well plates and test tubes in a concentration evaporator
  • Learn the purpose of each step in the sample extraction process
  • Learn the basics of processing calibrators, quality controls, and specimens on the enzyme immunoassay (EIA)
  • Document new and opened reagents, calibrators, and quality controls for the EIA
  • Perform required daily and weekly maintenance on the EIA and automated liquid handlers
  • Dispose of urine specimens that have reached their retention date
  • Document room temperature and humidity levels
  • Document reagents and controls per CLIA and CAP regulations
  • Restock inventory
  • Receive and put away incoming supplies
  • Complete general lab tasks as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Regular and prompt attendance
  • Ability to perform work following established SOPs and ensuring the highest quality standards are maintained
  • Must be able to meet established production benchmarks in terms of quality, volume, timeliness, and adherence to established policies
  • Requires ability to effectively troubleshoot process and instrument issues using critical, strategic, and analytical thinking
  • Ability to listen, learn, and promote accountability and responsibility related to all sample preparation and extraction processes
  • Proficient in use of single-channel and multi-channel pipettes
  • Proficient in ability to operate laboratory instrumentation and computers with scientific software applications
  • Must be able and willing to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when required
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications