Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Pathology & Immunology, Division of Cytogenetics. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
This position performs high-complexity tests in the Cytogenomics Laboratory under direct supervision. Reports findings of tests to the director/supervisor, participates in research projects and takes responsibilities assigned by the director, manager and supervisor.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Demonstrates the cytogenetic technical and computer skills required for the cytogenetic laboratory.
Prepares reagents used in laboratory procedures.
Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures.
Performs cell culture, understands and uses aseptic technique.
Performs cell harvest and prepares slides suitable for analysis.
Performs FISH techniques and analysis as needed.
Demonstrates proficiency in maintenance and use of various types of microscopes.
Demonstrates proficiency in operating, cleaning, and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation.
Assesses the quality of samples for cell culture.
Detects and evaluates aneuploidy and gross structural abnormalities in banded preparations and accurately documents this analysis.
Demonstrates proficiency using Cytovision system, including capturing images and preparing karyotypes.
Demonstrates knowledge of and upholds applicable laws and regulations related to the position.
Wears appropriate personal protective gear for the particular task.
Performs quality control procedures as required and documents “out of control results.”
Performs and documents daily, weekly and monthly tasks as assigned.
Reviews and signs all applicable laboratory manuals on an annual basis.
Participates in Quality Assurance and continuing education programs.
Participates in laboratory proficiency testing.
Initiates and completes all records and paperwork on cytogenetic samples or orders as required.
Participates in appropriate training and coaching for the cytogenetics laboratory.
Assists in training new employees, students and residents technical procedures as assigned.
Assists in the instruction of others in performing quality control and quality assurance responsibilities.
Participates in training and education opportunities appropriate for eligibility for ASCP certification in cytogenetics.
Responds to staff inquiries with courtesy.
Demonstrates the ability to communicate with staff, management and physicians.
Demonstrates ability to present information through presentation, oral or written, in a clear and concise manner.
Demonstrates ability to facilitate activities as required.
Demonstrates ability to work effectively and cooperatively as a member of a large team.
Demonstrates ability to communicate in a professional manner at all times and recognize cultural diversity in the workplace.
Demonstrates the ability to make determinations regarding a course of action and alternatives.
Recognizes and treats as appropriate the unique responses of different samples of cells to standardized conditions of culture.
Demonstrates ability to select metaphase cells which meet defined criteria for inclusion in a study.
Uses information from quality control checks to predict and avoid problems.
Demonstrates the ability to adjust to change, handle interruptions and function with changing circumstances.
Assists supervisor with other duties and special projects as needed.
Bachelor’s degree in biological, medical sciences or equivalent.
One year of clinical lab experience.
ASCP Cytogenetics Certification (ASCP(CG)CM) required within two years of date of hire.
Ability to be responsible and to operate independently within the established supervision and report problems to the supervisor or director of the Cytogenomics Laboratory.
Ability to prioritize tasks efficiently.
Ability to provide excellent customer service.
Demonstrated ability to prepare clinical reports with a high degree of accuracy.
The hiring range for this position is $23.14 - $28.93 per hour.
High traffic clinical laboratory with potential exposure to blood and bodily fluids when receiving/handling patient specimens. Some pressure caused by patient care demands.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
This position is grade C10.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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