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Medical Laboratory Technologist II in Raleigh, NC with Greene Resources

Date Posted: 1/24/2018

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Job Number: 29237


Medical Laboratory Technologist II


Job Description:

Our client, an international non-profit research organization in RTP, is seeking to hire a Medical Laboratory Technologist II to join their team. This employee will help to support the North Carolina Newborn Screening Program, which performs laboratory procedures for the detection of over 40 inborn errors of metabolism and genetics (e.g. PKU, hypothyroidism, Galactosemia). This position will work with our client and the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) to implement testing for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and fragile X syndrome (FXS) in the Newborn Screening Unit. This position is a full time Monday through Friday role located at the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) in Raleigh, NC.


Responsibilities:


  • Performing Laboratory Testing accounts for 80% of this position. This position will provide clinical laboratory support for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) at the newborn screening unit by evaluating newborn dried blood spots. Duties include but are not limited to determine specimen acceptability by predefined criteria and to process specimens in preparation for testing. This position will perform validation studies for SMA and FXS, 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, communicates with supervisors, program personnel and healthcare providers. 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

  • Pre-analytic responsibilities include: 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 work lists specifically designed for the testing methodology

  • Analytic responsibilities include: 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 responsibilities include: Adhering to an established turn-around time (TAT) for test results and timely notifying supervisor of any delays in testing procedure; Reviewing Quality Control to ensure laboratory results are valid; Entering screening results into the laboratory information system; Trouble-shooting problems; Timely notifying supervisor of any technical or quality assurance problems encountered during testing

  • General responsibilities include: 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 accounts for 10% of this role. Extensive quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) must be established and monitored for high complexity laboratory testing. This position will ensure the accuracy and validity of test results through the following measures: Establishing control ranges and monitoring performance of control and standard materials; Documenting troubleshooting and corrective measures implemented when quality control is out of range; 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 accounts for 5% of this role. This position assists the General Supervisor in the following duties in conjunction with or in the absence of the General Supervisor: Creating amended/corrected reports which reflect any reporting changes; Writing and updating standard operating procedures (SOP) according to CLIA guidelines; Running daily delinquent lists and following up on delinquent specimens to ensure timely reporting; 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; Understanding follow-up procedures for abnormal results and working closely with the General Supervisor and co-workers to ensure such results are reported appropriately and timely

  • Safety accounts for 5% of this role. The position needs to ensure a safe work environment through the following measures: 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; Ensuring a responsible teamwork spirit so that the safety of laboratory workflow is maintained; Annually reviewing and signing off on the laboratory safety manuals


Education Requirements:


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

  • 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


Desired Background/Skills:


  • Experience with liquid handling systems

  • Experience with DNA extraction, nucleic acid amplification, and real-time PCR techniques

  • Experience with Sanger and/or Next Generation Sequencing

  • General knowledge of genetic diseases and the benefit of early detection and treatment

  • General knowledge of regulations mandated by CLIA, OSHA and HIPAA


Qualifications:


  • Accuracy required in work

  • Able to follow instructions/procedures provided

  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing

  • Well-informed decision-making skill is required in interpreting and recording test results

  • 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 the technical and theoretical background to troubleshoot test procedures and interpret laboratory results

  • Must be capable of working independently with minimal supervision

  • 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. Many reports require written statements or interpretations, and telephone communication with other health care providers is frequent. Position may also be required 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 be able to perceive colors normally and any eyesight deficiencies must be correctable. Many laboratory methodologies require visual interpretation

  • 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


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