Job Description

Job Title: Specialty Molecular Cyto Tech/Molecular Cytotech
Job ID: 34372506
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Day Job
Facility:
Department: Special Genetics_PCL
Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is excited to be hiring a Specialty Molecular CytoTech or Molecular Cytotech to help support the lab! This role will have rotating weekend and holiday on- call responsibilities. 

Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education.

Specialty Molecular CytoTech salary starts at $23.13
Molecular Cytotech salary starts at $22.12

Purpose:
Perform clinical analyses of patient's chromosomes using molecular genetic protocols when genetic defects or syndromes are suspected.

Responsibilities:
  • Runs appropriate fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH) or microarray comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) protocol based on referral diagnosis utilizing proper probe(s). Utilizes appropriate detection method for optimal visualization of fluorescent signal(s).
  • Processes amniotic fluid, CVS, or tissue specimens for analysis of uncultured cells. Determines number of slides to be made based on size of sample and clinical diagnosis.
  • Performs various additional testing for development of probes, new techniques and development of additional molecular cytogenetic tests in order to maintain the laboratory's state-of-the-art technology
  • Assists with the training of other technologists, students and various hospital professionals. Participates in the identifying and directing ancillary work to be performed by support and service personnel and volunteers.
  • For aCGH tests, extracts DNA on patient samples, determining quality and quantity of DNA extracted. Keeps accurate records of DNA extractions on all patients in department database.
  • Chooses and runs appropriate aCGH protocol based on test ordered and patient referring diagnosis. Performs data analysis on aCGH lab results and determines molecular diagnosis in consultation with the Lab Directors.
  • Analyzes slides on fluorescent microscope and determines and records the location of cells. Counts and records the number of signals present and determines if the appropriate numbers of signals are present or if a deletion, duplication or rearrangement is present.
  • Participates in a rotating weekend and holiday on-call schedule and carries a pager. Performs techniques necessary to acquire STAT FISH diagnoses. Calls physician or pathologist with results
  • Assists Lead Technologist with QA/QI monitoring and data collection.
  • Maintains records of specimen processing, including accessioning of samples, entering of patient data and results into departmental computer system and record books, and cross-referencing to other specimens. Assists Lead Technologist with maintenance of probe and data lists.
  • Image captures appropriate number of cells on each case on the Department's computerized imaging system. Prepares color images for each case on the imaging system and analyzes them for the presence of abnormalities.
  • Determines molecular cytogenetic diagnosis for patient in consultation with Senior Technologist and/or Lab Manager, Supervisor or Lab Director.
  • Cleans and maintains supplies and equipment. Monitors temperature of incubators, refrigerators, freezers, and water baths to ensure optimal equipment performance. Ensures that adequate supplies and reagents are kept on hand and ordered in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.

Qualifications

Specialty Molecular Cyto Tech:
  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry Molecular Biology, or related field.
  • Minimum of three year's of cytogenetics or molecular genetics laboratory experience in order to (a) acquire a professional level of laboratory knowledge, (b) acquire expertise in the operation of equipment and the performance of clinical diagnostic testing procedures. 
  • Successful demonstration of the completion of the competencies required by the department/unit.
  • Must be certified as a Technologist in Cytogenetics by examination through the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists CG(ASCP) or MB (ASCP). Must maintain certification through continuing education credits.
  • This individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. 
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.
  • Analytical ability to (a) perform advanced genetic tests, (b) interpret and analyze test results noting abnormalities and discrepancies including determination of causality and (c) troubleshoot and maintain instruments.
  • Ability necessary to prepare cultures using sterile techniques, and to prepare and analyze slides and karyotypes, and graphs.
  • Ability to color discriminate between various shades of reds, blues, greens necessary for analyzing probe signal data under the fluorescent microscope.Interpersonal skills necessary to appropriately respond to telephone inquiries from physicians, hospital personnel, patients and other external laboratories and vendors concerning specimens, results, and laboratory reagents.
Molecular Cyotech:
  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology or related field.
  • Minimum of one year of college laboratory experience in order to (a) acquire a basic level of laboratory knowledge, (b) acquire expertise in the operation of equipment and the performance of clinical diagnostic testing procedures. 
  • Successful demonstration of the completion of the competencies required by the department/unit.
  • Analytical ability to (a) perform advanced genetic tests, (b) interpret and analyze test results noting abnormalities and discrepancies including determination of causality and (c) troubleshoot and maintain instruments.
  • Ability necessary to prepare cultures using sterile techniques, and to prepare and analyze slides and karyotypes, and graphs.
  • Ability to color discriminate between various shades of reds, blues, greens necessary for analyzing probe signal data under the fluorescent microscope.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to appropriately respond to telephone inquiries from physicians, hospital personnel, patients and other external laboratories and vendors concerning specimens, results, and laboratory reagents.
  • This individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below.  
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • CG(ASCP) or MB(ASCP) certification and must maintain certification.
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $23.13 to $36.63 / hour

Union Position: No

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