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Specialty Laboratory Technologist (NGS)

  • Job ID: 586261406
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Monday - Friday daylight shift
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: Clinical Genomics
  • Location: 5560 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $23.82 to $38.96 / hour

Description

Purpose:
UPMC Genome Center offers the opportunity to learn clinical next generation sequencing assays and high-throughput pharmacogenetics. We are a high complexity clinical lab, with lots of variation in the day-to-day routine.  The role will rotate through sample accessioning, DNA/RNA extraction, library preparation, and sequencing benches. The staff member will complete basic inventory tracking, reagent tracking, quality management, and sample tracking in LIMS system as part of the hands-on wet bench work. 

Preferred experience:

PCR, Molecular, NGS (next generation library prep) experience, can pipette, and sequencing experience


Responsibilities:

  • Skill: Quality control/quality assurance. Core Competency: Perform all required QC and document. Advanced Competency: Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems. Ability to cover for supervisor.
  • Collect background information for testing/experiments; perform test set-up; prepare instrument, work area, and equipment; ensure validity of test specimens.
  • Skill: Cell quantification/flow cytometry. Core Competency: Perform accurate cell counts. Advanced Competency: Ability to troubleshoot instrumentation.
  • Maintain detailed laboratory documentation of all experiments performed and related data and submits written reports of test results.
  • Communicate information gained from research projects in seminars, conferences, in-services, and continuing education meetings; may publish research results.
  • Participate in the design and methodology of research and development projects, including how resultant data would best be analyzed.
  • Perform all responsibilities according to the philosophy of the UPMC Health System such that the needs of our customers are fulfilled.
  • Use reagents and supplies in a cost-effective manner; monitor and maintain an appropriate supply inventory.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of techniques, principles, and instruments and their interrelationships as well as physiological conditions affecting test results.
  • Maintain (as possible), calibrate and clean equipment; verify proper function through standardization and controls; troubleshoot and document minor instrumentation problems and repairs.
  • Orient and instruct fellows, medical students, and other allied health care personnel in regard to laboratory research techniques and methodology and clinical applicability of research theory, practice and finding.
  • Remain abreast of developments in medical research and care in order that research conducted continues to be relevant; incorporate advances and innovations as considered appropriate.
  • Adhere to established laboratory and hospital policies in areas of procedures, protocols, methods, quality control, quality assurance, safety, compliance, and personnel policies.
  • Implement all quality controls to ensure test validity; adhere to departmental safety standards in responsibly handling, processing, and testing specimens and materials.
  • Skill: Data entry/report generation; Core Competency: Enter accurate results into spreadsheets & generate reports; Advanced Competency: Ability to maintain new software applications.
  • Prepare multiple and various routine and non-routine clinical laboratory procedures manually or by utilizing automated and semi-automated equipment including highly sophisticated testing devices.
  • Assume responsibility for first-line supervision of the section/department on a temporary basis as delegated.
  • Skill: Autologous/Allogeneic processing. Core Competency: Perform processing independently. Advanced Competency: Ability to use independent judgment and advanced clinical knowledge to problem solve unanticipated processing problems.
  • Skill: Cryopreservation. Core Competency: Perform cryopreservation procedures independently. Advanced Competency: Ability to troubleshoot controlled rate freezers.
  • Skill: Quality improvement. Core Competency: Review procedures for accuracy. Advanced Competency: Ability to significantly revise existing procedures. Work with supervisor and lab director to develop, validate, and implement new procedures.
  • Skill: Infusions. Core Competency: Perform all infusion procedures independently. Advanced Competency: Ability to problem solve at patient bedside (under pressure).
  • Calculate and analyze assay/test results and quality control information utilizing all relevant information including patient histories, formulas or calculations, or computerized data processing. Investigate abnormal results according to established protocols.
  • Skill: Consultation. Core Competency: Consult with physicians, principal investigators, nurse coordinators, floor nurses and NMDP with regard to infusion dosages. Advanced Competency: Ability to professionally assist clinical personnel with decision making.
  • Interact with all laboratory customers courteously and professionally; responds to telephone inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Skill: Liquid nitrogen maintenance. Core Competency: Maintain liquid nitrogen vesselsAdvanced Competency: Ability to troubleshoot vessel alarms with enough confidence to take on-call.

 

Qualifications

  • Completion of Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university AND successful completion of a CAHEA accredited Medical Technology program
  • OR Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university with a major in Molecular Biology preferred (for Molecular Diagnostics). Bachelor of Science 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 Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university with a major in biological, chemical, physical, or clinical laboratory science AND at least 2 years' experience in a role equivalent to that of a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) in a clinical laboratory, OR equivalent education and experience as defined by CLIA 88 and PA Bureau of Laboratories for technologist performing high complexity testing.
  • One (1) year experience in an ASHI-accredited histocompatibility laboratory preferred (for Histocompatiblity).
  • Two (2) years' experience in either a clinical or research laboratory preferred (for Molecular Diagnostics).
  • Medical terminology knowledge and laboratory information system experience preferred.
  • PCR, Molecular, NGS (next generation library prep) experience
  •  Can pipette, has sequencing experience
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