Apheresis Technician II

Req ID #:  167231

Bothell, WA, US, 98021

For over 40 years, HemaCare, a Charles River company, has worked to making a positive impact on the world by providing the highest quality cellular material and services to biotech and pharmaceutical companies and research organizations that are performing innovative research and developing novel cell-based therapies.

We recognize that our success depends on the vision and passion of our employees; that is why we are devoted to making HemaCare a rewarding and valuable place to work. We believe in making a difference, and at HemaCare, you will make a difference every day.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.  

Job Summary

The Apheresis Technician II will screen donors, draw blood samples, assist or perform a collection of whole blood, leukapheresis, and/or plateletpheresis products, and perform various other duties to facilitate smooth and efficient operations under the supervision and direction of a Registered Nurse.  


Essential Responsibilities:
•    Performs phlebotomy for blood specimens and product collections.
•    The Apheresis Technician will assess and report unusual findings
•    Identify donors that conform to HemaCare standards through a screening process and report out of range values or unusual findings.
•    Obtain accurate medical history.
•    Measure and record vital signs and demonstrate knowledge of acceptable parameters.
•    Utilize applicable aseptic techniques to plan, perform, and chart procedures following HemaCare policies and procedures.
•    Performs white blood cell collections, platelet collections, whole blood procedures, and other special procedures as required with RN oversite.
•    Monitors procedure ensuring donor reactions are reported, and initial treatment was given within their scope of practice (i.e., pause procedure, elevate legs).
•    Assist Physician Assistant or Physician and Registered Nurse on Bone Marrow collection procedures.
•    Performs BECS Daily report reconciliation when the Donor Room Coordinator is unavailable.
•    Assist donors with restroom breaks during collections.
•    Silences alarms and performs iSensix daily checkpoints. Documents corrective actions in the iSensix system and follows-up on any temperature excursions.
•    Assists with the investigation and follow-up on any deviations, discrepancies, customer complaints, MRB investigations, or adverse audit findings.
•    Train new staff on Phlebotomist duties, Daily QC, and equipment validations.
•    Independently develops and performs equipment validations coordinating these activities with Facilities & Equipment Management, Operations, and Quality Assurance.
•    Coordinate with Donor Services and prepare whole blood collection tubes for the next day collections.

Job Qualifications

•    High School Diploma or equivalent.
•    Current CPR certification that meets American Heart Association requirements.
•    CPT 1 License required.
•    Three to five years of previous blood banking, phlebotomist, medical assistant, and/or medical office experience preferred.
•    Two years of customer service preferred.
•    Proficient use of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
•    Ability to quickly learn new software programs as needed.
•    Computer literate, previous experience using EMR systems, and Blood Establishment Computer Software (BECS), preferred.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition (crrecruitment_US@crl.com) so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About HemaCare 
HemaCare, a Charles River company, is a global leader and trusted brand in the customization of human-derived biological products and services for biomedical research, drug discovery, and cell and gene therapy development. HemaCare’s vertically integrated solutions support preclinical research, clinical studies from phases 1 to 3, and commercialization with high-quality RUO and GMP-compliant starting material and apheresis collections. 

In January 2020, HemaCare was acquired by Charles River Laboratories, an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). Combined with Charles River’s integrated, early-stage portfolio of discovery, safety assessment, and manufacturing support services, the acquisition creates a unique, comprehensive solution for researchers and cell therapy developers and manufacturers worldwide to help accelerate their critical programs from basic research and proof-of-concept to regulatory approval and commercialization. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs and enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market. We work closely with our clients throughout the clinical process to maximize success and drive positive clinical outcomes. 

Together, with over 17,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies, and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 

At HemaCare, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. We have proudly supported the development of 100% of the current commercially available FDA-approved immunocellular therapies. Our mission is to provide a best-in-class portfolio of high quality, customizable human cellular material and services to support drug discovery, scientific research, and cell therapy. This resonates from our employees and impacts our customers because we know that every day is an opportunity to advance discoveries and make a difference in someone’s life. 

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to crrecruitment_US@crl.com. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

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