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The Department of Medicine is seeking a Molecular Diagnostic Technologist who will be responsible for performing molecular and other diagnostic assays in support of public health research and clinical protocols. A strong background in laboratory-based research, clinical patient testing, and direct experience operating state of the art molecular diagnostic platforms is required. The individual should be familiar with quality assurance and quality control protocols of a working clinical laboratory, and be capable of performing all CLIA roles from technician to technical supervisor after training. This position will assure the laboratory conforms to all regulations pertaining to safety and the work environment, and will assist in the maintaining the laboratory's ongoing inspection readiness. Emphasis on ensuring the integrity of clinical patient results is a core responsibility.
Strong interpersonal, multi-tasking, and verbal and written communication skills are required. Expertise with software for data management, data-sharing, and statistical monitoring is required. Due to the laboratory's dual-focus on diagnostics research and patient clinical testing, the position requires a fundamental understanding of the interaction between clinical and research methodologies.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Independent operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of sophisticated diagnostic instrumentation.
Performs daily activities related to receipt, processing, testing, and reporting of patient specimens.
Utilization of aseptic laboratory techniques to perform various molecular and serological procedures, including, but not limited to NAAT, EIA, and lateral flow assays.
Assists in design and performance of verification and validation studies when new instrumentation or assays are introduced into the clinical workflow, including plans, summary reports, and procedure manual updates.
Assists PIs, clinicians, nurses, coordinators, and technical personnel with logistical issues and technical insight at study initiation and when problems arise during the course of routine testing.
In consultation with laboratory management and other technical staff, helps design, perform, and evaluate annual performance improvement initiatives.
Performs proficiency tests annually or more frequently based on current staffing.
Undergoes annual CAP-compliant technical competency assessments as well as performs technical competency assessments for other test personnel.
Operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, spectrophotometer, light microscope, and laminar flow hood.
Assists in the investigation and documentation of QA deficiencies in the event of instrument or operator error.
Orders supplies for own projects and general laboratory supplies; schedules maintenance appointments for equipment when needed.
Uses various applications such as spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical, graphical, and sample management software to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or test reports.
Under direction of the Laboratory Director, designs and assists study personnel in use and modification of study documents, including requisition forms, collection instructions, questionnaires, and reports.
Obtains and maintains IATA/DOT training certification for domestic and international shipping of diagnostic specimens.
Participates in training of new technicians and students.
May serve as lead or auxiliary technician in pre-clinical trials for various biotechnology companies in the development of new technologies and methods for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections and respiratory infections.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or medical laboratory technology.
One year clinical experience required. American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board certification may substitute for clinical experience.
Two years of experience in a research and molecular diagnostics laboratory, five to ten years preferred.
Strong background in clinical operations and previous professional decision-making experience preferred.
** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.
Classified Title: Molecular Diagnostics Technologist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MC Starting Salary Range: $45,650 - $62,850 annually (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: m-f 8:30-5pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM DOM ID STD Lab Personnel area: School of Medicine
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