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Lab Technician I in Raleigh, NC with Greene Resources

Date Posted: 10/29/2018

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Job Number: 31732


Lab Technician I


Job Description:

Our client, a global non-profit research organization, is seeking to add a Lab Technician I to their team. This position will work with the Newborn Screening Program to conduct rigorous studies on newborn screening systems by developing and implementing testing methods for rare pediatric genetic disorders. This position will provide clinical laboratory support for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) by evaluating residual newborn dried blood spot specimens. This position will conduct testing on DBS samples, extensive quality assurance, monitors quality control for laboratory processes, performs routine instrument maintenance, assists in writing and periodic revision of technical standard operating procedures (SOPs) using CLSI guidelines, uses laboratory information management system (LIMS) to record, retrieve and store results. Technologies used in this position are high complexity laboratory testing which include real-time PCR and capillary electrophoresis. This position has pre-analytical, analytical, post-analytical and general responsibilities related to testing, result reporting and follow-up of abnormal results. This position is a full time Monday through Friday role located in Raleigh, NC.


Responsibilities:


  • Performing Laboratory Testing - 70%

  • Pre-analytic:

  • Pull specimens and determining acceptability of specimens submitted for testing based on proper identification, adequacy and integrity of specimens

  • Organizing specimens through the use of a unique numbering system and worklists specifically designed for the testing methodology

  • Analytic:

  • Performing molecular DNA analysis for SMA and FXS

  • Preparing reagents in a precise manner according to manufacturer?s instructions or the SOP

  • Ensuring proper operation, maintenance and documentation of all required equipment and instrumentation

  • Maintaining established Quality Control levels throughout all phases of testing

  • Post-analytic:

  • Adhering to an established turn-around time (TAT) for test results and timely notifying supervisor of any delays in testing procedure

  • Entering screening results into the laboratory information system

  • Timely notifying supervisor of any technical or quality assurance problems encountered during testing

  • General:

  • Participating in Proficiency Testing and competency assessment program

  • Maintaining continuing education requirements by attending technical training courses, scientific meetings and seminars.

  • Adhering to practices designed to ensure patient confidentiality

  • Demonstrating competency in use of laboratory information management system

  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control -10%

  • Monitoring daily performance and maintenance of instrumentation

  • Documenting quality control parameters for the laboratory (temperatures, decontamination, handling of hazardous wastes)

  • Ensuring QC and QA documents are provided to the General Supervisor in a timely manner.

  • Assisting General Supervisor - 5%

  • Writing and updating standard operating procedures (SOP) according to CLIA guidelines

  • Keeping up good inventory of lab reagents and supplies and assisting the General Supervisor in ordering the lab reagents and supplies when needed

  • Applying HIPAA and other internal regulations in releasing patient information or results.

  • Safety - 5%

  • Participating in the required annual laboratory safety programs

  • Using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering controls

  • Ensuring work stations comply with health and safety regulations of the laboratory

  • Keeping up with good laboratory practice (GLP)

  • Ensure all instruments and specimens are properly handled

  • Demonstrating a strong work ethic with ability to pay attention to detail

  • Annually reviewing and signing off on the laboratory safety manuals


Education Requirements:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Biochemistry or Related Life Science; or associate degree in medical technology from accredited institute and 2 years of experience; or completion of certified laboratory assistance courses in medical technology with 3 years of experience; or high school or GED diploma and 5 years of experience with applicable to laboratory experience

  • Must have a background in one or more of the following subjects: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and physics


Desired Background/Skills:



    Qualifications:


    • Must have knowledge of practices and procedures associated with a Biosafety level 2 laboratory.

    • Must have knowledge of laboratory equipment instrumentation and terminology of medical laboratory science.

    • Must have strong mathematical skills to perform calculations and interpret and correlate data.

    • Must have computer skills that include knowledge of Windows, Word, Excel, e-mail and internet capabilities.

    • Must have a good understanding of the basic components of a laboratory quality assurance program including proficiency testing and quality control standards.

    • Must have organizational skills that allow coordination of multifaceted testing activities. Most procedures have multiple steps that require exact timing. The technologist must be able to simultaneously perform several assays while adhering to the strict timing schedule of each test. Each test also has a defined turn-around time when results should be completed and released for reporting.

    • Must be capable of understanding and following complex oral and written instructions and of instructing others in complex technical procedures.

    • Must be able to express oneself clearly verbally and in writing. Position requires the ability to write or update Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for testing methodology.

    • Must not have any predisposing conditions that would render employee susceptible to infectious disease, i.e. must not be immunologically compromised. All work performed in this laboratory involves human clinical specimens which are considered to be potentially infectious. An immunocompromised person would be at increased risk of infection from infectious agents.

    • Must have above average physical/manual dexterity, as the test procedures require the use of equipment that requires physical coordination. A lack of physical/manual dexterity could result in an accident that may compromise the safety of the individual and other laboratory employees.

    • Must be aware of the hazards of working with potentially infectious materials and must know the appropriate precautions to take to avoid infection.

    • Excellent attention to details

    • To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status


    Other Information:


    • Greene Resources is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.