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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cytogenetics Technologist in Boston, Massachusetts

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Cytogenetics Technologist

Department Description:The Department of Pathology is involved with the diagnosis of cancer and other major medical conditions through the gross and microscopic examination of tissue samples obtained from surgical procedures and endoscopy (Anatomic Pathology).

Our department also provides clinical laboratory services to the hospital as well as consults in the areas of clinical chemistry, hematopathology, microbiology, and transfusion medicine (Clinical Pathology).

Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Department of Pathology conducts research in the further characterization of disease processes and trains the next generation of pathologists.


• As part of an unprecedented organizational initiative, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is now offering up to $7,000 in sign on bonuses for select leadership positions in the Pathology Department.


• Sign on bonuses are paid out in two payments. You will receive your first payment (half of the total amount) within the first 30 days of employment and is subject to applicable taxes. You will receive the second payment (remaining balance) at six (6) months following your start date and is subject to applicable taxes.

• Full time status at BIDMC is considered for schedules greater than or equal to 30 hours per week; part time status is 20 to 29 hours per week. Please note, per diem employees are not eligible for sign on bonuses.

• Current and Former BILH candidates - restrictions apply. BIDMC Internal employees or employees within the BILH system are not eligible for the bonus or if you have been employed by a BILH entity within the last 12 months.

• Please note, sign on bonuses are subject to change based on the organization’s hiring needs and will be determined by Talent Acquisition on an ongoing basis. BILH/BIDMC Talent Acquisition reserves the right to change sign on bonus eligible jobs and amounts at any time.

Job Location:Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID:48193BR

Job Summary:Cytogenetic Technologists perform cytogenetic testing on amniotic fluids, chorionic villus, products of conception, bone marrows and peripheral bloods according to Standard Operating Procedures. The Cytogenetic Technologist is also responsible for confirming accuracy of test results and reporting laboratory findings to the Clinical Director and other Clinicians. Cytogenetic Technologists may function as Technical Leaders.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Initiates and maintains cultures under sterile conditions. Prepares and harvests materials. Prepares and stains slides. Microscopically examines slides: counts and analyzes chromosomes or in situ hybridizations. Captures images using imaging system. Evaluates test results, enters results into the LIS and reports results to the Medical Director. Ensures accuracy of test results.

  • Performs start-up, maintenance, and troubleshooting procedures on instruments and laboratory equipment per established laboratory protocols. Peforms and evaluates QC and calibration, and data entry and assessment.

  • Keeps current with developments in laboratory medicine by mandatory and voluntary continuing education, competency testing and Quality Assurance. Participates in the running and resulting of mandated Proficiency Testing Samples.

  • Participates in the evaluation of new methods, procedures and instruments. Writes technical Standard Operating Procedures and maintains them for accuracy, and regulatory compliance under the direction of the Cytogenetic Technologist Leader, Clinical Manager, and Pathologist. Participates in training of other staff members.

  • Maintains adequate supplies for all work areas. Assists with inventory assessment and ensures there are sufficient reagents and supplies to complete patient testing.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Diagnostic Genetics Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Medical Technology required.

  • Certificate 1 ASCP Registered preferred.

  • 0-1 years related work experience required.

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year clinical laboratory experience.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.

  • Written Communications:Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.

EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.