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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cytogenetics Technologist in Boston, Massachusetts

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Cytogenetics Technologist

Department Description:The BIDMC Cytogenetics Laboratory in the Department of Pathology provides chromosome analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and oligo-SNP microarray for constitutional chromosomal disorders and acquired neoplastic disorders. We are seeking a Cytogenetics Technologist, ideally ASCP certified, to join our team. The ideal candidate will have relevant work experience in complex chromosome analysis, tissue culture, FISH set up and analysis and/or oligo-SNP microarray.

The Department of Pathology is integrally 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 consult services in the areas of clinical chemistry, hematopathology, microbiology, and transfusion medicine (Clinical Pathology).

This is a full time 36 hours per week position with rotating weekends and holidays required.

The hours of this position are either 7am - 3:30pm or 10am - 6:30pm.

Job Location:Boston, MA

Req ID:38884BR

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.

Competencies:

  • 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.

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