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Manager, Medical Genetics and Genomics Labs

Description

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is hiring a Manager to lead the UPMC Medical Genetics and Genomics Laboratories team!  

This exciting opportunity will lead a laboratory team that provides cutting-edge genetic and genomic diagnoses through the interconnected UPMC Clinical Genomics Laboratory, UPMC Cytogenetics Laboratory, and UPMC Pregnancy Screening Laboratory. These laboratories serve as pre-eminent hubs for genetic screening and diagnostic testing that span the life spectrum including pre-conception, pre-implantation, prenatal, neonatal, cancer, pediatric and adult conditions.

As a referral core within UPMC, our laboratories are engaged in innovative clinical trials to treat individuals with genetic diseases, discover genetic causes of undiagnosed diseases, understand mechanisms of disease and the ethics of genomic testing, and provide the most comprehensive diagnostic tools to the clinic and bedside.

Purpose:
Provide for the supervision of all clinical procedures conducted within the Genetics/Genomics laboratories.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the accurate and timely completion of testing.
  • Correlate test results with patient diagnosis and identify conflicting or unusual test results and determine if retesting is required.
  • Requisition stock items and confer with vendors regarding new and improved products and services.
  • Participate in the development of standards and procedures necessitating the integration of laboratory services into clinical practice and in the resolution of specific laboratory problems; serve as a technical resource for others.
  • Provide professional advice and direction to laboratory personnel concerning the more complex/sensitive tests and problems encountered; adapt methods and equipment to correct problems.
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of laboratory budget necessary to attain agreed-upon goals.
  • Participate in the review and/or generation of laboratory reports including the interpretation of cytogenetic findings and appropriate recommendations.
  • Remain abreast of development in the science of Medical Genetics, particularly those related to area of specialization, attendance at educational programs including regional and national seminars and symposia as indicated
  • Ensure the successful completion of operational requirements with appropriate assignments to ensure adequate staffing and an efficient workflow.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Oversight of all educational activities.
  • Maintain records related to work group performance, efficiency, expenditures, prepare or assist in the preparation of related records and reports; conduct or participate in the analysis of operational problems.
  • Human resource management.
  • Assist with development and evaluation of new laboratory tests and techniques; consider cost, speed and accuracy factors before recommending Hospital usage.
  • Participate in the evaluation of new equipment and products affiliated with laboratory services.
  • Oversight in the development, recommendation, and administration of technical policies, procedures, and standards; communicate sectional as well as departmental and Hospital policies and procedures to staff and ensure compliance.
  • Oversight of maintenance of equipment to maximize operational efficiency and accuracy of laboratory equipment;
  • Provide input to the development of goals and plans for the assigned laboratory.

 

Qualifications

  • An earned doctoral degree with 2 or more years of postdoctoral training or Master's degree in an area of basic or applied science with 5 or more years experience in clinical molecular diagnostics or cytogenetics is required.
  • 1-year management experience required.
  • Certification as a Technologist in Cytogenetics or Molecular Biology through examination by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists [ASCP)] is preferred.
  • Analytical ability necessary to develop, analyze and update test standards and procedures, administer quality control program, assist with resolution of most complex technical problems, evaluate test results and so forth.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to facilitate daily interaction with physicians, patients, nursing personnel, and representatives of outside agencies.
  • Supervisory skill necessary to organize, direct and control the activities of a staff of technical and professional personnel routinely responsible for; preparing specimens and cultures, conducting clinical tests, calculating test formula/controls, interpreting and recording test results.
  • Experience with CAP/CLIA high complexity lab operation preferred.
  • Experience in the cytogenetics/molecular genetics lab is preferred, but not required.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • CG or MB (ASCP) certification required without PhD
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Act 34

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