GENERALSUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: Working quiteindependently, performs a variety of routine and highly complex molecularlaboratory test protocols for diagnostic purposes on blood and other bodyfluids, according to laboratory policies, including evaluation of patient andcontrol results for reporting. Maintainsdiagnostic viability of specimens received.
The Molecular DiagnosticsTechnologist II, in their role as Testing Personnel as defined by CLIA, mayperform waived and non-waived testing. Under general supervision and working quite independently, carries outall policies and performs all tests in accordance with the department'sstandard operating procedures. Worksindependently in an efficient and organized manner to assure accurate resultsand records. The work requires aprofessional level of knowledge to read and accurately interpret testresults. Protocols utilize a variety ofmolecular assays that are constantly evolving as the discipline develops, butincludes PCR, RT-PCR, capillary gel electrophoresis, Sanger sequencing,multiplexed liquid bead microarray (Luminex), and Next Generation Sequencing.
The Molecular DiagnosticsTechnologist II, in their role as General Supervisor asdefined by CLIA, may be delegated the responsibility of competency assessmentsand as a backup to senior lab staff, the technical oversight of the CAMDlaboratory including the day-to-daysupervision or oversight of the laboratory operation and personnel performingtesting and reporting results.
PRINCIPALDUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible tofollow the clinical laboratories' procedures for specimen handling, specimenprocessing, test analyses, and reporting of patient results, including thehandling and analysis of Proficiency Testing material.
Responsible for organizing and executing entire dayworkload, which will vary and require adjusting to the clinical specimensobtained each day. Must work with othertechnologists as a team. Reviews dailywork including patient results, quality control and maintenance records foraccuracy and completeness as applicable.
Responsible for maintaining laboratory instrumentationby ensuring that all assigned and as-needed instrument maintenance is performedon schedule in addition to quality control for all reagents.
Troubleshoots andassists in resolving problems in areas of responsibility with assistance ofClinical Laboratory Supervisor, Technical Director, and/or Medical Director.
Providesassistance to other technologists as needed in technical problems andinterpretation of results in CAMD.
Responsible todocument all corrective action procedures undertaken in CAMD.
Keep records ofquality control, maintenance and workload data according to laboratorypolicies.
All responsibilities of Molecular DiagnosticsTechnologist I and the following additional responsibilities in collaborationwith Clinical Supervisor, Technical Director and Medical Director:
Providesassistance to technical staff in the CAMD Laboratory, noting trends andproblems, and communicates with the Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, TechnicalDirector and/or Medical Director as appropriate.
Providesleadership to junior technologists including answering technical questions,assay troubleshooting and exemplifying applicable Good Laboratory Practices . Communicates relevant information to thelaboratory staff and supervisors asapplicable.
Assists in assessingtechnologist competency for testing personnel, as assigned. Assists in theorientation, training and of other staff and clinical students in CAMD.Documents training and competency assessments at the time of evaluations.
Assists in andmaintaining 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 and be able to work independently.WORKING CONDITIONS:
Very busy and constantly changing laboratory environment. 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.
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