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Cytogenetic Technologist

Description

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is excited to be hiring a full-time Cytogenetic Technologist! This role will be scheduled 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. with rotating weekend responsibilities

Are you looking for a meaningful career with endless opportunities? UPMC is Pennsylvania’s largest nongovernmental employer with endless opportunities. We offer a competitive benefits package that few employers can match and have a career ladder in place that provides growth opportunities for lab associates to enjoy more professional challenges, promotional opportunities and career enhancement! Apply today to find out where your career can take you!

Responsibilities:

  • Initiate cultures using sterile techniques following procedures to ensure optimal growth of samples.
  • Participate in the organization and direction of ancillary work performed by support and service personnel and volunteers.
  • Monitor growth of subcultures and determine when cultures are ready for harvest.
  • Follow mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Adjust harvesting procedures daily based on environmental conditions and appearance of other recent harvests.
  • Choose correct culture media and places in appropriate incubator.
  • Place slides on microscope and determine and record the location of appropriate cells for analysis.
  • Participate in a rotating weekend and holiday standby on-call schedule and carry a pager.
  • Prepare karyograms for each case on the imaging system and analyze them for the presence of chromosomal defects.
  • Perform specimen harvesting, slide making, and/or banding as needed when on-call.
  • Determine number of cultures to be set up based on size of sample and clinical diagnosis.
  • Determine when subcultures should be performed on non-primary cultures.
  • Change media in cultures according to established schedules.
  • Harvest primary and subcultures when ready.
  • Perform techniques necessary to acquire preliminary cytogenetic diagnosis on STAT newborns.
  • Clean and maintain supplies and equipment.
  • Perform subcultures when necessary and determines number of subcultures to be initiated from original cultures based on amount of cell growth present.
  • Perform appropriate banding and staining procedures to ensure optimal visibility of chromosome structure.
  • Count the number of chromosomes and analyze the structure of each chromosome to determine if a genetic defect is present.
  • Monitor temperature and carbon dioxide levels in incubators to ensure growth of cultures.
  • Prepare slides from harvested cells.
  • Image capture appropriate number of cells on each case on the department's computerized imaging system.
  • Retrieve and set up specimens as required.
  • Maintain records of culture initiation, growth, manipulation, and harvests on all specimens.
  • Retrieve samples to process for analysis.
  • Assist with the teaching and training of students and various hospital professionals.
  • Monitor growth of specimens and determine when primary cultures should be harvested.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology or Chemistry required.
  • 1 year job or college lab experience required.Analytical ability to perform advanced genetic tests, interpret and analyze test results noting abnormalities and discrepancies including determination of causality and troubleshoot and maintain instruments.
  • Ability to prepare cultures using sterile techniques, and to prepare and analyze slides and karyotypes.
  • Interpersonal ability to interact with hospital staff, students and outside laboratories.
  • Interpersonal ability to appropriately answer telephone inquiries from physicians, nurses, patients and other outside laboratories concerning specimens.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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