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Molecular Cytogenetic Technologist/Specialty Molecular Cytogenetic Technologist

Description

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is hiring a Molecular Cytogenetic Tech or Specialty Molecular Cytogenetic Tech to support the Pittsburgh Cytogenetic Laboratory (PCL)!  You will be scheduled daylight hours, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with rotating weekend and on-call responsibilities once fully trained.

The PCL is a state-of-the-art facility where you will have the opportunity to make an impact on life-changing medicine. Through the use of both traditional cytogenetic techniques as well as molecular cytogenetics by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), the PCL performs chromosome studies on a wide variety of specimens.

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Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education. The Specialty Molecular Cytogenetic Tech salary starts at $25.44/hr.


Responsibilities:

  • Maintains records of specimen processing, including accessioning of samples, entering of patient data and results into the departmental computer system and record books, and cross-referencing to cytogenetic specimens.
  • 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.
  • Cleans and maintains supplies and equipment.
  • Monitors the 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.
  • Determines molecular cytogenetic diagnosis for patient in consultation with Senior Technologist and/or Lab Manager, Supervisor or Lab Director.
  • Prepares and prints color images of analysis on each case for inclusion in patient chart.
  • 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).
  • For aCGH tests, extracts DNA on patient samples and runs aCGH protocol. Analyzes aCGH findings and determines diagnosis in consultation with Sr. Technologists and/or Lab Supervisor, Manager or Lab Director. Prepares and prints images of aCGH analysis for inclusion in patient chart.
  • For FISH tests, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology or related field.
  • Minimum of one year of college laboratory experience in order to:
    • Acquire a basic level of laboratory knowledge
    • Acquire expertise in the operation of equipment and the performance of clinical diagnostic testing procedures.
  • For Specialty Level: Minimum of three years of cytogenetics or molecular genetics laboratory experience
  • Successful demonstration of the completion of the competencies required by the department/unit
  • 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 is 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.
  • This individual 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:

  • For Specialty Level: CG(ASCP) or MB(ASCP) certification and must maintain certification.
  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more. 

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