GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: Working quite independently, performs a variety of routine and highly complex molecular laboratory test protocols for diagnostic purposes on blood and other body fluids, according to laboratory policies, including evaluation of patient and control results for reporting. Maintains diagnostic viability of specimens received.
The Molecular Diagnostics Technologist II, in their role as Testing Personnel as defined by CLIA, may perform waived and non-waived testing. Under general supervision and working quite independently, carries out all policies and performs all tests in accordance with the department's standard operating procedures. Works independently in an efficient and organized manner to assure accurate results and records. The work requires a professional level of knowledge to read and accurately interpret test results. Protocols utilize a variety of molecular assays that are constantly evolving as the discipline develops, but includes PCR, RT-PCR, capillary gel electrophoresis, Sanger sequencing, multiplexed liquid bead microarray (Luminex), and Next Generation Sequencing.
The Molecular Diagnostics Technologist II, in their role as General Supervisor as defined by CLIA, may be delegated the responsibility of competency assessments and as a backup to senior lab staff, the technical oversight of the CAMD laboratory including the day-to-day supervision or oversight of the laboratory operation and personnel performing testing and reporting results.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible to follow the clinical laboratories' procedures for specimen handling, specimen processing, test analyses, and reporting of patient results, including the handling and analysis of Proficiency Testing material.
Responsible for organizing and executing entire day workload, which will vary and require adjusting to the clinical specimens obtained each day. Must work with other technologists as a team. Reviews daily work including patient results, quality control and maintenance records for accuracy and completeness as applicable.
Responsible for maintaining laboratory instrumentation by ensuring that all assigned and as-needed instrument maintenance is performed on schedule in addition to quality control for all reagents.
Troubleshoots and assists in resolving problems in areas of responsibility with assistance of Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Technical Director, and/or Medical Director.
Provides assistance to other technologists as needed in technical problems and interpretation of results in CAMD.
Responsible to document all corrective action procedures undertaken in CAMD.
Keep records of quality control, maintenance and workload data according to laboratory policies.
All responsibilities of Molecular Diagnostics Technologist I and the following additional responsibilities in collaboration with Clinical Supervisor, Technical Director and Medical Director:
Provides assistance to technical staff in the CAMD Laboratory, noting trends and problems, and communicates with the Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Technical Director and/or Medical Director as appropriate.
Provides leadership to junior technologists including answering technical questions, assay troubleshooting and exemplifying applicable Good Laboratory Practices . Communicates relevant information to the laboratory staff and supervisors as applicable.
Assists in assessing technologist competency for testing personnel, as assigned. Assists in the orientation, training and of other staff and clinical students in CAMD. Documents training and competency assessments at the time of evaluations.
Assists in and maintaining updated standard operating procedures and associated policies, procedures and objectives, including the areas of quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control
Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Technology, Chemical, Physical, or biological science from an accredited institution, college or university OR other qualifications as described in the Federal Register, 42 CFR, Subpart M 493.1403 - 1495
2+ years' relevant experience
Coursework in molecular biology and/or genetics strongly preferred. MB (ASCP) or equivalent certification preferred but not required.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Ability and willingness to work under general supervision, follow instructions accurately and thoroughly and to take responsibility for one's actions
Must have a high level of analytical and technical ability to perform highly complex molecular biology techniques, operate complex laboratory equipment, maintain their performance, and resolve technical equipment problems.
Must have ability to make logical decisions, based on sound judgment and experience.
Must have an understanding of computer technology and its applications to analytical procedures and quality control.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Must possess interpersonal skills to interact courteously and communicate effectively with co-workers.
Must be well organized, have an attention to detail, be able to work independently, and be able to handle stressful situations.WORKING CONDITIONS:
Very busy and constantly changing laboratory environment. Can be noisy and stressful. Exposure to solvents and chemical reagents and potential exposure to infectious agents, all under controlled conditions; minimal risk when proper procedures followed. Will be required to handle human tissue and blood/blood products under BSL2 safety precautionsEEO Statement
Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.