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Lab Supervisor

  • Job ID: 621919148
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Monday - Friday, Daylight
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: 65060 POP10 MED Infectious Diseases
  • Location: 3601 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $25.81 to $44.67 / hour

Description

The Microbial Genomic Epidemiology Laboratory (MiGEL) performs genomic analysis of hospital-acquired pathogens for Infection Prevention. Results are communicated to in a timely manner to assist hospital infection preventionists in reducing hospital-associated infections. MiGEL is developing an Enhanced Detection System for Hospital Associated Transmissions (EDS-HAT). This system will use data-mining of the electronic health record to facilitate whole genome sequencing (WGS) of pathogens and reduce patient morbidity and mortality.

Purpose:
Provide for the supervision of assigned laboratories/departments through managing, planning, servicing, organizing and controlling the activities of personnel engaged in the collection and transport of patient specimens, the processing and handling of laboratory specimens and in the generation of timely and accurate test results. Direct all activities in accordance with the express standards of accrediting agencies, the Medical Director and the UPMC Health System. Provide for accountability to the Administrative Director of Laboratories for all administrative matters and to the Medical Directors for technical matters. Implied accountability to patients and the medical staff servicing those patients also exist. Use a wide range of independent judgment and discretion in order to coordinate the efforts of the particular laboratory/department for the maximum benefit of patients served. Ability to develop and encourage employees to fulfill their full potential, be able to cope in situations at high stress levels and be able to reconcile the objectives of management and the medical staff to produce optimal patient results.

Responsibilities:

  • Assess capital needs and ensure adequate funding for these needs. Ensure budgets are completed and submitted on time. Provide explanations for budget variances.
  • Participate in QI activities, identify issues to monitor and drives the QI process. Offer constructive ideas, challenge the status quo and question assumptions. Provide a safe work environment. Ensure that all staff receives safety and compliance training and other training as needed.
  • Monitor actions of laboratory staff, coach and generate disciplinary action when appropriate. Ensure that staff is fairly treated. Arbitrate disputes between staff members. Delegate tasks as appropriate and coordinate efforts in order to meet goals. Ensure staff adherence to UPMC policy.
  • Promote positive interdisciplinary relations and ensure ongoing problem solving to ensure quality patient care services. Participate in committees, specialty work groups and task forces as appropriate. Provide feedback to patient unit directors and other customers. Receive and investigate all complaints concerning the laboratories and personnel and takes action when necessary. Discuss issues with the Medical Director and supervisors as appropriate to determine potential causes and agreed upon solutions.
  • Participate in decisions on equipment selection and purchase and ensure financial feasibility studies are complete before purchase. Ensure the laboratory meets regulatory guidelines, including licensing requirements and CAP requirements. Participate in the development and implementation of procedures and provide input to the goals and policies of the laboratory. Provide professional advice and direction to laboratory personnel concerning the more complex/sensitive tests and problems encountered. Adapt methods and equipment to correct problems.
  • Establish both short and long term goals for the labs. Assess laboratory operations and helps in the development of plans to improve the department's effectiveness and service. Develop annual capital and operating budgets and manage all budgets in accordance with established budgetary guidelines. Need to plan for the upcoming fiscal year in cooperation with the administrative director.
  • Assure a highly professional and motivated staff that supports a service management environment through the selection, development, direction and evaluation of subordinate personnel. Recruit, interview and selects personnel for roles within the laboratories. Ensure that new employees are properly oriented and trained. Provide for other human resource management activities such as performance evaluations. Coach and advise employees on their performance.
  • Establish appropriate monitoring and control systems and policies/procedures to ensure the laboratories are achieving strategic goals. Monitor productivity of the labs based on information provided by the Management Reporting System and Fiscal.
  • Ensure compliance with the UPMC philosophy and mission of service excellence. Create and maintain a customer-oriented and service excellence environment. Foster and reinforce collaborative and collegial relationships and a positive work environment. Utilize independent judgment and discretion in the conduct of activities.
  • Establish and maintain productive communication networks with all areas inside and outside the hospital. Act as a liaison to other departments. Interact with clinicians and nursing staff. Perform special projects as assigned by the Administrative Director and the Medical Director. Pursue a program of self-development. Remain abreast of developments in the field of management and laboratory science.
  • Must be knowledgeable of all laboratory procedures and provide training and supervision to Infectious Diseases fellows, visiting scientists and students who rotate through the laboratory.
  • Perform data entry and analysis, think critically, design experiments, interpret results, and prepare reports with relative independence.
  • Participate in weekly lab meetings and task forces as appropriate.
  • Act as a liaison to Infection Control and Clinical Microbiology Departments.
  • Coordinate the efforts of the laboratory for the maximum benefit of Infection Control.
  • Use a wide range of independent judgment and discretion in order to determine genetic relationships among bacteria for infection control purposes.
  • Support Infection Control by providing supervision of all aspects of the Public Health Infectious Diseases Laboratory including management, planning, organizing and controlling the activities of personnel engaged in molecular genotyping of laboratory spe
  • Discuss issues with the Laboratory Director as appropriate to determine potential causes and agreed upon solutions.
  • Oversee and perform a variety of microbiologic and molecular assays on hospital associated bacterial infections, including bacterial culture, DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequence and fragment analysis for molecular epidemiologic purposes.

 

Qualifications

  • B.S. degree from an accredited college/university and successful completion of a CAHEA accredited Medical Technology program and certification as a Medical Technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) within 2 years from hire date.
  • Or a B.S. degree from an accredited college/university with a major in biological, chemical, physical or clinical laboratory science AND categorical certification for the specific specialty by the ASCP.
  • Or a B.S. degree from an accredited college/university with a major in biological, chemical, physical or clinical laboratory science.
  • Or successfully completed the HEW (HHS) proficiency examination and 6 years of experience as a Medical Technologist.


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